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Mollman Media News Archives for 2023-02

2023, Feb. 20th-25th

Saturday, Feb. 25th


SH 39 West of Dibble to Close for Construction

A portion of State Highway 39 between Tabler and Dibble will be closed to through traffic starting next week. Work crews have spent the last three months widening about three miles of the roadway from State Highway 76 west to East Winter Creek. Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) say local residents will have access to their homes. Other motorists will have to detour around the project. Passenger car and truck traffic might be able to use county roads to avoid the construction area. Semis and other large truck traffic headed east out of Chickasha will have to take U.S. Highway 62 north and east to Blanchard then go south on SH 76. Westbound traffic from Purcell will have to go north on SH 76 to Blanchard, then hook up with U.S. Highway 62. Officials say to expect the roadway to be closed through the summer. The contractor could qualify for incentive money if the project can be completed within 100 days.


Trooper Finds Cocaine after Traffic Stop

A state trooper finds an estimated 20 kilograms of cocaine after making a traffic stop. It happened in Caddo County this week when a trooper pulled over 58-year old Jeremy Dewayne Mason of South Carolina. The trooper discovered the coke and some $2,000 in cash. Mason is facing felony charges of aggravated trafficking and getting proceeds from drug activity. At his arraignment in Caddo County District Court this week, a judge initially set bond at $250,000 but on-line court records indicates bond was reduced to $125,000. Mason remains in the Caddo County  Jail and is to be back in court in April for a preliminary hearing conference.


Man Pleads Guilty to Posting Compromising Photos of Ex

A Cyril man pleads guilty to putting compromising photos of his ex-girlfriend on-line. 28-year old Allen Jay Redden was arrested by Apache police last August. On-line court records indicate Redden waived his right to a preliminary hearing in November and at that time pleaded not guilty. This week he entered a blind plea of guilty to a felony charge of blackmail and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating private sexual images and was fined $500.


State's Monthly Household Utility Rates Lower Than Most

A new report shows that Oklahomans pay some of the lowest utility bills in the country. The state ranked 10th lowest in the survey done by a group called TN Real Estate. The website OK Energy Today cites the report which indicates that the combined monthly bills of natural gas and electricity is just over $160 per month. The lowest is in Wyoming at just over $95 per month. Hawaii is the state with the highest monthly utility bills at nearly $400 per month (about $235 for natural gas and $160 for electricity).




Friday, Feb. 24th


Accused Pastor Resigns from Church

A pastor accused of molesting children has resigned. Matthew Reiber stepped down after he was arrested and formally charged with three counts of lewd acts with children. Reiber was serving as a senior pastor at Chickasha's New Life Christian Church. A statement posted on the church's Facebook page says that while Reiber denies the allegations - he has resigned and is no longer affiliated with the church. The post indicated the alleged actions did not occur at the church nor during a church function. It also stated that, if true, the allegations observed are reprehensible and inexcusable but were not consistent with his service. The statement said that Reiber is presumed innocent under the law but the legal system will determine the merits or lack of merits of the allegations. The church asked for prayers on behalf of everyone involved in this horrible situation.


Suspect Arrested after Drugs, Weapons Found in Home

A Chickasha man is in custody after authorities find drugs and weapons in his home. Grady County sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant on a residence in the 1000 block of South 1st Street late Wednesday. A press release from the sheriff's office indicates authorities found nearly 200 grams of marijuana, drug items, and two handguns - one of which may have been stolen out of California. Authorities arrested 53-year old Edward Lee Moore on complaints of possession of a controlled, dangerous substance with intent to distribute; having drugs within 2,000 feet of a school; possession of a firearm after conviction; and having a firearm during the commission of a felony. Prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges against Moore.


Fairgrounds Director Elected to International Post

A staff member at the Grady County Fairgrounds has been selected to serve on an international panel. Jamie Jones who serves as the fairgrounds marketing director was elected to serve a seven-year term on the Young Professionals Steering Committee for the International Association of Fairs and Expositions. The panel represents county and state fairs and expositions across the U.S, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Jones serves Zone 6 which includes seven states stretching from Oklahoma and Texas to Mississippi and Tennessee. The mission of the group is to provide a community for young professionals to share ideas and guide the fair industry's future through leadership development, mentoring, incentives, and education.


State Rep Re-appointed to National Board

A Grady County state lawmaker will continue serving on a national panel. State Representative Brad Boles (R-Marlow) has been re-appointed to the Energy and Environment Committee of the southern office of the Council of State Governments. It's the largest non-partisan group that serves all three branches of elected and appointed state officials. The group holds regional meetings to exchange ideas for effective legislation and organizes programs to create regional strategies that address shared energy and environmental concerns. Boles said the panel works on policies that set the energy industry up for success which he says is an industry that provides thousands of jobs and contributes more state taxes than any other industry.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.39 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $81.95.

Natural gas is $2.31 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,829 and silver is $21.27.



Darald ‘Bub’ Smith

A graveside service for ‘Bub’ Smith, 84, Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, 25th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He retired from Consolidated Freight after a 30-year career. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

Glen Ferguson

A memorial service for Glen Ferguson, 88, of Chickasha will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 4th at College Heights Baptist Church. He was a long time minister and served with a number of missionary trips to Africa. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.




Thursday, Feb. 23rd


'Onward Chickasha' Open House is Tonight

The first of several open house events scheduled for Chickasha residents to provide input on a proposed 30-year master plan for the city will be held tonight. Representatives from the Guernsey Engineering firm will be joining city leaders for the come-and-go event for the Onward Chickasha project. Laura Bergey of Guernsey is the project manager and talks about what to expect-



At the end of 18 months the Guernsey team will present a final plan that will include the recommendations of several projects for the city to consider. The open house will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Chickasha High School commons area. A community survey is still being held to get input which will be available through March 15th on the website Onward


Congressman Tom Cole Supports U.S. Effort in Ukraine

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole was in Chickasha yesterday and we had an exclusive interview with him. Cole said it is beneficial for the U.S. to support Ukraine as that country continues its battle with Russia.





We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Some Anadarko Power Outages to Occur Today

Some Anadarko residents will experience power outages today as crews will be replacing utility poles. According to a post on the city of Anadarko's Facebook page crews will be replacing the poles from the 100 blocks of East Kentucky and Virginia to the 500 blocks of West Kentucky and Virginia. The outages will occur between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Suspect Faces Kidnapping, Assault Charges

A Chickasha man is facing kidnapping and other charges after allegedly holding his girlfriend captive. 26-year old Keyvon Jaquez Richardson was arrested last week following a Chickasha police investigation. A woman had called police earlier this month saying that Richardson held her captive and beat her for several hours in January. The woman said she didn't call police earlier because Richardson threatened to kill her baby. The alleged victim still had lingering injuries from the assault. The district attorney's office has filed felony kidnapping and assault and battery charges against Richardson. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $75,000 bond.


Wildlife Refuge to Conduct Prescribed Burn

A prescribed burn will take place at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge today. Officials say recent weather conditions have presented an opportunity to conduct a burn on the interior pasture near the headquarter’s corrals. Traffic controls will be in place for the duration of the burn and refuge visitors and local residents should expect delays from the refuge headquarters and east along Highway 49 to Burford Lake. Officials say smoke could be visible from several miles away and residual smoke may persist in the area for a few days.


Grady County Cattlewomen Seeking Scholarship Applicants

High school seniors with plans of going to college have been spending a lot of time applying for scholarships. Here's an opportunity for senior girls with an agriculture background. The Grady County Cattlewomen's Association will be awarding a couple of $500 scholarships this spring. Candidates are to be a 4H or FFA member in good standing, attend school in Grady County, and have plans to study ag programs in college. Applications must be submitted by e-mail by April 7, 2023. Contact the Grady County OSU Extension office for more information by calling 405-224-2216.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.95 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $80.60.

Natural gas is $2.17 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,834 and silver is $21.73.



Larry Rhodes

No services are scheduled for Larry Rhodes, 71, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.




Wednesday, Feb. 22nd


Pastor Arrested, Charged for Alleged Lewd Acts with Children

A pastor for a Chickasha church was arrested over the weekend for alleged lewd acts with children. 37-year old Matthew Reiber, who is listed as a senior pastor at New Life Christian Church, was arrested by Chickasha police Sunday morning. KFOR-TV reports that police were contacted earlier this month about allegations that Reiber allegedly touched a child inappropriately. Prosecutors have charged Reiber with three counts of lewd acts with children and he is out of jail after posting a $100,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney Monday, Feb. 27th and a preliminary hearing conference is set for Wednesday, March 1st.


Mother Accused of Child Neglect, Drug Trafficking

The mother of two small children is in jail facing allegations of child neglect and drug trafficking. 26-year old Jamie Edmonds of Chickasha was arrested last week after police were called to do a welfare check on an 8-year old girl at Grand Elementary School. The child's parents failed to pick her up after school on Valentine's Day. School officials also said they were concerned about the child's three-year old sister. A probable cause affidavit indicates police got some help from the Grady County sheriff's office to find the parents who were living at the Maverick Inn. Authorities allegedly found drugs and paraphernalia in their room that were within reach of the children. Edmonds is facing felony charges of child neglect and drug trafficking. She remains in the Grady County Jail on a $150,000 bond.


Bullock Center to Host Black History Month Program

Chickasha's Bullock Memorial Center will host a Black History Month fundraiser and program this weekend. This will be the first in-person event the center has been able to host in four years. On Saturday, Feb. 25th the center will host a spaghetti fundraiser from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Donations are $10 per person with proceeds benefiting the center’s mission to support arts, education, and tutoring programs for children. From about 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. several guest speakers will discuss barriers that have been overcome and achievements attained by the Black community.


Ag Students Promote National FFA Week

FFA students across the country are celebrating National FFA Week. Some Rush Springs students stopped by the station this week to share information about FFA and Oklahoma agriculture.




They also said that Oklahoma ranks second in the nation in beef production and 10th in pork production, and that there are about 87-thousand farms in the state covering more than 35 million acres which is 78 percent of all of Oklahoma's land.


Bill Designed to Include Career-Tech Bound Students

in 'Oklahoma's Promise' Scholarship Program

Oklahoma students who may want to attend career-tech schools after high school could be eligible for scholarships under the state's Oklahoma's Promise program if a bill at the state capital makes its way through the legislative process. It's SB 27 and it would allow students who want to continue their education at career techs to qualify for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP). The program currently is available for college-bound students. In a prepared statement, one state lawmaker said it would help to boost the state's workforce by providing a new pathway for students to earn critically-needed licenses and certifications through career-tech schools. The bill recently passed out of the senate appropriations committee and can now be heard by the full senate.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.16 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.05.

Natural gas is $2.07 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,845 and silver is $21.99.



Tuesday, Feb. 21st


Water Line Project Approved

Last night the Chickasha City Council approved a contract with a firm to build a new main water line which will be associated with the construction of the Highway 81 bypass. The panel voted 8-0 to award the contract to H and H Plumbing which submitted the lowest of three bids for the work. The bid for about 670 linear feet of pipeline was just under $315,000 and it will include a fire hydrant and what's called a blow-off. The line will be about a half-mile north of Iowa Avenue along a county road. With the construction of this line part of an existing water main on Frisco Avenue west of Dan Allen Drive will be abandoned.

Purchase of New Pickups Also OK'd

The council approved the purchase of three new pickups for the Public Works Department. The panel waived the normal bidding process and awarded bids to two dealerships that are on state contract. Two new 2023 Chevy pickups will be purchased from Confidence Chevrolet in Oklahoma City and a new 2022 Dodge pickup will be purchased from Platinum Chrysler-Dodge-Ram-Jeep of Terrell, Texas. The total cost of all three trucks is just under $200,000.

Plat OK'd for New Housing Development

Following a brief public hearing, the council unanimously approved the final plat for the Scissortail Crossing subdivision. The panel also approved a waterline easement for that development which will be located southeast of 29th and Grand Avenue with plans to build more than 40 homes.

Grant Re-imbursements Also Approved

(Editor's Note - A version of this story printed and aired Monday, Feb. 20th contained erroneous information regarding what city funds were used for the reimbursement. The erroneous information was removed from Monday's stories with the correct information published here. We apologize for and regret the error).

The council also approved two more grant reimbursements for Chickasha Today LLC totaling more than $165,000 for improvements made in downtown Chickasha. The funds come from what remained of an economic development sales tax fund which has since expired. In all, Chickasha Today LLC officials say they have invested more than $11.5 million in private funds to renovate and revitalize about 100,000 sq. ft. of property in the 100 block of Chickasha Avenue. The firm has received more than $450,000 in grants from the city.


'Killers of the Flower Moon' Author to Speak at USAO

You may be familiar with the true-crime story in Oklahoma that is being made into a Hollywood film by well-known movie producer Martin Scorcese. Killers of the Flower Moon tells the story of what is called one of the most sinister racial injustices in American history involving the murders of Osage tribal members. The movie is based on a book written by noted author David Gann who will be in Chickasha next week.  Gann will be joined by author, professor and consultant Hannibal Johnson for USAO's Ray and Mary Giles Symposium on Citizenship and Public Service.  The program will be next Friday, March 3rd at USAO's Te Ata Memorial Auditorium beginning at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free but space is limited. Those who would like to attend need to pre-register by going on-line to:


Southwest District Livestock Show Wrap-up

At the end of the Southwest District Livestock Show last week - in the Swine Show Madilyn Norvell of Ampo had the grand champion barrow; Jancy Rippetoe of Merritt had the reserve; and Ander Thornbrough of Altus had the bronze. Also, two exhibitors were presented with Vernon Crose Memorial Scholarships which were awarded to students who overcame hardships in raising their animals this year. Scholarship winners were Emma Gunn of Rush Springs and Dani Killman of Union City.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.34 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.00.

Natural gas is $2.28 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,840 and silver is $21.87.



Billye Brown

No services are scheduled at this time for Billye Louise Brown, 89, who passed away in Chickasha Friday, Feb. 17th. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.






Monday, Feb. 20th


Chix Council to Consider Approving Water Line Project

The City of Chickasha continues work which is associated with the construction of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Highway 81 bypass project. The city council tonight will consider awarding a bid to install 670 linear-feet of a 12-inch diameter water main along a county road about one-half mile north of Iowa Avenue west of 29th Street. The council is expected to award a nearly $316,000 bid to H and H Plumbing which is the lowest of three bids submitted. Engineers estimated the project to cost nearly $450,000. ODOT will reimburse the city 60 percent of the cost or nearly $190,000.

Group Seeks Reimbursement for Downtown Renovation Projects

(Editor's note - a previous version of this story contained erroneous information. This story has been edited to remove the mistake. We apologize for and regret the error)  

The panel is also to consider approving two more grant reimbursement requests from Chickasha Today LLC for the renovation work done in the 100 block of Chickasha Avenue. The total of the two requests is more than $165,000 and the Economic Development Council recommended the reimbursement be paid. If approved, the funds would come from the remaining balance of an economic development sales tax fund created by a sales tax which is no longer in effect.

Public Works Department seeks Three New Pickups

The council is also to consider waiving customary bidding requirements to spend nearly $200,000 in order to purchase three new vehicles for the Public Works Department from state contract. The requests are to buy two new 2023 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD pickups from Confidence Chevrolet for a total of just over $130,000 and a 2022 Dodge Ram 3500 from Platinum Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram for just over $65,000.

Public Hearing set for Housing Development

The council will also hold a public hearing to discuss the final plat for Scissortail Crossing for EP Leasing and then after the hearing will consider approving the plat. The panel will also consider approving the sewer and water line easements for Scissortail Crossing. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at City Hall.


New Downtown Signs to be Considered

The city's Historic Preservation Committee meets today to consider several sign permit applications in the downtown area. The sign requests are for Rock Island Candy Company at 111 N. 5th Street; Dab Daddy's Dispensary at 411 W. Chickasha Avenue; and Always Real Estate at 218 West Chickasha Avenue.


Workforce Development Board Open in Chickasha

A new regional office is open in Chickasha to connect businesses seeking workers and individuals looking for work. The South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board just opened an office in the former commercial building downtown at 2nd and Chickasha Avenue. Lafonda Colbert is the one-stop operator for the  office.




This is one of several boards across the state including offices in Duncan and Lawton. The group also offers up to $15,000 to pay for training or college for young adults 16-24 years old.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.74 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.00.

Natural gas is $2.27 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,853 and silver is $21.88.



Beverly Buelow

Funeral service for Beverly Buelow, 69, of Cyril will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st at Ferguson Funeral Home.

2023, February 13th-20th

Saturday, Feb. 18th


Dad Pleads Guilty to Abusing Infant Child

A Cement father pleads guilty to felony child abuse after allegedly throwing his infant daughter in anger. 30-year old Kyle James Bucher entered a blind plea to the charge in Caddo County District Court this week. He was also facing a misdemeanor drug charge. Bucher was arrested in April of 2022 after allegedly throwing the four-month old. The plea was submitted just a few days before a jury trial was scheduled to start. The judge presiding over the case ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and scheduled the sentencing for April 26th.


Arrests Made after Meth, Fentanyl Discovered in Vehicle

Two people were arrested and charged with alleged drug trafficking after they were pulled over for a traffic violation. 38-year old Devon Mark Daugherty and 40-year old Jamie Elizabeth George both of Chickasha were taken into custody last weekend near 4th and Country Club Road. A deputy sheriff reported the vehicle they were in made an improper turn. Both Daugherty and George had suspended driver's licenses which led to the deputy impounding the vehicle. During a routine search of the vehicle the deputy found a backpack with drug items and drugs which field tested positive for meth and Fentanyl. Both Daugherty and George have been formerly charged with felonies of drug trafficking and some misdemeanors. George remains in jail on a $100,000 bond while Daugherty was released. Both are to be back in court March first for preliminary hearing conferences.


Suspect Allegedly Steals Thousands from Co-Worker

A man who is alleged to have stolen thousands of dollars from a co-worker has been charged with burglary. Grady county authorities were called to a business in the Tuttle area back in November to take a report regarding some money that had reportedly been stolen from a work vehicle. The victim said he had $5,000 in the console of the vehicle. A probable cause affidavit indicates that there was video surveillance showing the suspect taking the money. Authorities arrested 20-year old Jaden Allen Biehl of Noble. He has been charged with third-degree burglary and is out of jail after posting a $7,500 bond.


Voting Underway for Chickasaw Country 'Best of' Awards

The Chickasaw Nation has listed some area destinations which have been nominated for the annual Best of Chickasaw Country awards. In Chickasha, the Festival of Light was nominated in the category of Best Festival; The Rock Island Ride was nominated for the Best Run or Ride; Jake's Rib was nominated for Best Barbecue; Shakespeare Wine Company was nominated for Best Winery or Brewery; and Legends Pubhouse and Grill was nominated for Best Live Performance Venue. Other regional nominees include The Marlow Mercantile as Best Antique Shop and Hot Mess Coffee Company in Lindsay as Best Coffee Shop. The public is invited to vote for their favorites through March 3rd and winners will be announced March 28th. The full list of nominees can be found on-line at:


More Southwest District Livestock Show Winners

At the Southwest District Livestock Show underway at the Grady County Fairgounds - in the cattle show Paisley Visnieski of Canute had both the grand champion market and prospect steers; Madison Shout of Piedmont had both the reserve grand market and prospect steers; Amanda Richardson of Chickasha had the bronze market steer and Madilyn Norvell of Ampo had the bronze prospect. In the heifer show, Beau Buchwald of Chattanooga had the grand; Denton Cook of Cordell had the reserve; and Emery Bowers of Mustang had the bronze.

Swine Show

 In the commercial gilt division Gage McNeil of Elgin had the grand; Oakley Cooper of Ampo had the reserve; and Kylee Falasco of Weatherford had the bronze. In the purebred gilt show, Oakley Cooper of Ampo had the grand; Hadley Cooper of Ampo had the reserve; and Brogan Lancaster of El Reno had the bronze.

Broiler Show

In the broiler (chicken) show, Quade Richardson of Arapaho-Butler had the grand; Cassie Ray of Cordell had the reserve; and Brayle Johnson of Clinton had the bronze.


Talk Show Topic

Lafonda Colbert and Erin Glass with the South Central Oklahoma Workforce Board are this week's guests on the KOOL Konversation. Find a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.




Friday, Feb. 17th


Ft. Cobb Tech Center Locked Down After Shooting Report

Numerous law enforcement officials converged on the campus of the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Ft. Cobb yesterday after a lockdown was implemented. Officials say an individual called the highway patrol and reported that someone shot at him near the school. The campus was placed on lockdown about 11:00 a.m. There happened to be several law enforcement officials on campus at the time preparing for an active shooter drill that was scheduled for next week. After nearly 90 minutes of searching all the buildings on campus officials determined there was no viable threat and the lockdown was lifted just before 12:30 p.m.


Bill Calls for De-regulating Power Companies

Should Oklahomans be able to choose their electricity provider? HB 1602 would de-regulate power providers in the state. Some of Oklahoma largest power providers are opposed to the idea and will be debating against it. The bill was filed by Edmond State Rep. Ryan Martinez and if approved and signed into law it would give consumers the right to choose their electricity provider and create competition among power providers. PSO and OG&E are specifically mentioned in the bill. Both power providers are defending the existing regulatory method which is overseen by the corporation commission.


Firefighter Academy Begins

A number of area volunteer firefighters will be improving their skills in a new fire fighter academy that is underway. Fire crews from the Grady County Fire Department, Amber, Bridge Creek, Dibble, Blanchard, and Washington are taking part in training sessions which will be held over the next few weeks. A post on the Blanchard Fire Department's Facebook page says it will involve a lot of classroom and hands-on training with participants taking a certification test when the training is complete.


Southwest District Livestock Show Update

The Southwest District Livestock Show continues at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Results from the ewe lamb show are: Sayde Allen of Canute had the grand champion; Ashlyn Maddox of Thomas-Fay-Custer had the reserve; and Layne Allen of Canute had the bronze. Results of the wether lamb show are: Kobi Scroggins of Tuttle had the grand; Clay Randall of Canute had the reserve; and Laray Cox of Elgin had the Bronze. Results of the doe goat show are: Addyson Schneberger of Hydro-Eakly had the grand; Destyn Emerson of Tuttle had the reserve; and Madison Church of Canute had the bronze. Results of the wether goat show are: Jack Ferrell of Ampo had the grand; Sayde Allen of Canute had the reserve; and Hazen Pruett of Canute had the bronze.

Swine to Complete this Year's Show

The swine show gets underway this morning with the gilts which will take up much of the day with barrows to begin in the afternoon/evening. The barrow show will resume at 8 o’clock tomorrow morning and it is expected to be completed by noon. At the end of the show officials will announce the winners of the Vernon Crose Memorial Scholarships which are awarded to individuals who have overcome hardships, difficulties, and obstacles with their animals this year.


Grady County Student Serves as State Capital Page

A Ninnekah High School senior was selected to spend some time at the state capital working with a Grady County state lawmaker. Luke Tate served as a page for State Sen. Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle). Students spend a week with lawmakers to get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens during the legislative process . That includes helping in committee meetings and daily sessions of the full senate. Tate attended Gov. Kevin Stitt's State-of-the-State address and took part in a mock legislative committee meeting and floor session where students presented and debated bills from the current legislative session.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.49 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.14.

Natural gas is $2.39 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,831 and silver is $21.17.



Faith Marie Richards

Funeral service for Faith Marie Richards, 86, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18th at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Altus. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.




Thursday, Feb. 16th


State Lawmakers to Consider Bill to Change

How Excise Tax is Determined on Vehicle Purchases

A bill that would change the way the excise tax is determined on the purchase of new and used vehicles is making its way through the state legislature. It's HB 1389...and its author says it is a pro-consumer bill that would figure the excise tax on new and used vehicles based on the net purchase price instead of the the gross purchase price. Currently the tax is levied on the sales price without regard to discounts or trade-in credits. The measure passed out of the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee for Finance this week. It can now be heard before the full Appropriations and Budget Committee in the house.

Another bill would allow option to register vehicles every two years

Also being considered is a proposal to give vehicle owners the option of registering their vehicles every two years. Officials say HB 2011 is a common-sense approach that would save the average Oklahoman time and offer greater convenience when having to renew vehicle registration. That measure also passed out of a House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee and now may also be heard by the full committee.


Child Porn Suspect to Have Trial Date Set

An 18-year old Caddo County teen will be bound over for trial for allegedly having and producing child pornography. Ayden Isaac Jacob Tee of Anadarko was arrested last October following an investigation by the Caddo County Sheriff's Office. He is charged with felonies that include aggravated possession of child porn, procuring and distributing juvenile porn, and violating the state computer crimes laws. It's alleged that Tee received and distributed more than 100 images of child porn through his phone and computer. Tee waived his right a preliminary hearing conference on the charges this week and is to be back in court in April where a judge will schedule a trial date.


Southwest District Livestock Show Continues

Today is day two of the Southwest District Livestock Show at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The cattle and the broiler shows will be held today.  Among the events at the show this weekend, officials will be honoring the founding members who brought the show back to Chickasha in 2002 after it was held for several years in Carnegie and a couple of years in Apache. The six individuals are Jerry Arthur, Ron Justice, Peggy McLemore, Karen Stephens, Rick Maloney, and Jim Yokum who served for several years as the show’s superintendent. All will be recognized during a presentation tomorrow night. At the Ag Mechanics Show yesterday, Canute FFA had the grand champion project with a covered cooker trailer; Mike Miller of Rush Springs was reserve grand with a cattle load-out chute; and Tuttle FFA won bronze with a reverse-flow cooker. Chandler Zimmerman of Elgin FFA was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.


Blood Drive Set this Afternoon

KOOL-RANCH radio stations are again teaming up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute for another community blood drive today. An OBI bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from 12:30 to 5:30 this afternoon. No appointment is needed. The best times to walk in will between 1:45 and 3:30 today. To find an upcoming blood drive in your area go to the website:


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.59 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.38.

Natural gas is $2.47 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,846 and silver is $21.58.




Wednesday, Feb. 15th


2022 New Construction in Chix Tops 2021 Mark

The number of new construction projects in the City of Chickasha in 2022 grew by more than 25 percent over 2021. The city's Community Development Department approved 217 permits last year which was up from 172 permits the previous year. In the commercial sector, officials signed off on permits for six new projects and 42 remodeling projects. In residential work, 103 permits new projects were approved which included new single-family homes, and 66 remodeling projects were permitted. The total square footage of the projects was up about 12 percent - more than 354,000 sq. ft. last year compared to 315,000 sq. ft. in 2021. The total value of the construction nearly doubled with the 2022 total just over $25.5 million compared to $13.1 million  in 2021.


Verden, Gracemont Voters OK Special School Bond Issues

Voters in Verden overwhelmingly approved a $675,000 special bond issue for the school district in yesterday’s special election. Nearly nine of every ten voters cast ballots in favor of the proposal which passed 71-9. The funds will allow the district to build a security vestibule and a commons area at the high school. It was a similar outcome in Gracemont where nearly 90 percent of the voters cast ballots in favor of a $310,000 bond issue for the school district. The issue passed 77-9 with the funds to help make drainage improvements around the school gymnasium and upgrade and make safety improvements to school playgrounds.


Alex Voters Elect New School Board Member

Skyler Foster has won a seat on the Alex School Board. Foster defeated two opponents in yesterday’s election including veteran incumbent Tom Ketchum. Foster received 54 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off. She received 96 votes, Ketchum received 76 votes, and Shelby Johnson received 7 votes.


Southwest District Livestock Show Underway

Hundreds of youth from southwest Oklahoma will be in Chickasha for the next few days to take part in the Southwest District Livestock Show. More than 1,200 youth are expected to lead more than 2,200 animals through the show rings today through Saturday. It's believed to be the largest regional spring shows in the state trailing only the statewide Oklahoma Youth Expo in the number of participants and animals. Jerry Renshaw is the chairman of the show this year and says a lot of money will be paid out this week.




This is the 21st consecutive year for the show to be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The show has been around for more than 50 years and actually got its start in Chickasha. It was held in Carnegie for a number of years, and was briefly held in Apache before returning to Chickasha. Activities start with the judging of the Agriculture Mechanics exhibits where an estimated 90 projects were submitted. The sheep and goat shows will also be held today.


Anadarko Students Honored for 'If I Were Mayor' Essays

Three Anadarko school students were recognized for essays they wrote on the topic of "If I were Mayor." Matthew Toyekoyah submitted the first place essay saying he would like to build a soup kitchen and homeless shelter complex. He would also like to see the city build a sports complex to help youth be physically active. He said the building would be paid for by hosting various tournaments throughout the year. Selected for second place was Miley Olvera, and the third place winner was Skylar Mormann. All are students at Anadarko Middle School and were recognized by the Anadarko City Council.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.06 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.58.

Natural gas is $2.57 per million BTUs.

Gold is  $1,844 and silver is $21.54.



Jerry Tucker, Jr.

Funeral service for Jerry Tucker, Jr., 65, of Norman is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home. He worked as a physician’s assistant.




Tuesday, Feb. 14th


Former Coach's Rape, Sexual Assault Trial Delayed

The rape and sexual assault trial of former girls basketball coach Ron Akins has been postponed. Akins is charged with 10 felonies which include rape, sexual assault, and lewd acts to children under 16 years old.  Akins was arrested in June of 2021 after some current and former girls that he coached at Ninnekah and Friend schools alleged that Akins molested them and groomed them for sex. On-line court records indicate that Akins’ attorneys filed a motion for a continuance citing the discovery of new evidence. Akins trial is now set for Aug. 21st.


Special Bond Elections Today for Verden, Gracemont Schools

Voters in a couple of area school districts are casting ballots in special bond elections today. In Verden, voters will decide a $675,000 bond issue with proceeds to be used to build a security vestibule and a commons area at the high school should it be approved. In Gracemont, voters will decide a $310,000 bond issue to make repairs to the school gymnasium and improvements to the school district's playgrounds. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight.


Chickasha Woman's Effort Credited By Governor

in Getting Black History Month Declared in Oklahoma

A Chickasha woman is credited with helping making the month of February Black History Month in Oklahoma. A proclamation issued by Gov. Kevin Stitt mentions Loretta Jackson as helping to lead the effort. The proclamation says in part that Carter G. Wood laid the groundwork for Black History Month in America in 1926 and that Black History Month in Oklahoma was championed by Jackson. It also states that the struggles and triumphs throughout black history are inspiring to all Americans and that Oklahoma has been home to countless black leaders, educators, pioneers, and stewards of justice who demonstrated bravery, faith, and perseverance and serve as lifelong inspirations for present and future generations.


Arson Suspect Pleaded No Contest

to Previous Charge of Vandalism

A Chickasha man is accused of arson and vandalism after allegedly setting a chair on fire at a local motel. The arrest came just days after the suspect pleaded no contest in connection with a previous vandalism charge after being arrested in December. 51-year old Gary Andrew Craig was taken into custody last Friday after Chickasha police were called to the Castle Inn. A probable cause affidavit states the manager told investigators that Craig had a knife and was making racist comments toward her husband. Several witnesses alleged that Craig had set a chair on fire and was letting it burn.  The fire department was called to put out the fire. Craig claimed he was with the police and the ATF. Authorities say the room that Craig was staying in had a lot of damage and estimated the loss at nearly $3,000. Prosecutors have charged Craig with felonies for third degree arson and vandalism and a misdemeanor for obstructing an officer.


Suspect Arrested for Alleged Attack on Farm Co-Worker

A Grady County man is accused of assaulting a co-worker and threatening him with a knife at a Bradley area farm. 26-year old Cody Cove of Bradley was arrested at his home by a sheriff's deputy last Thursday. The victim alleged that Cove had assaulted him over the course of a couple of days and on Thursday threatened him with a knife. Other farm employees alleged that Cove had been high on meth for several days. Prosecutors have charged Cove with a felony for assault with a deadly weapon.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.61.

Natural gas is $2.40 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,867 and silver is $21.72.



‘Memaw’ Wood

A graveside service for Juanita ‘Memaw’ Woods, 86, of Cement will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15th at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin. She served as the Girl Scout chairwoman for Ft. Sill; worked for the City of Lawton as girls and women's sports coordinator; and for the U.S. Census Bureau. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

‘Dean’ Newton

A graveside service for Garry 'Dean' Newton, 74, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Army veteran who worked as a floor tech and at Pet Milk. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.




Monday, Feb. 13th


State Firefighters Attend Destry Horton Fire School

Dozens of firefighters spent some time in southwest Oklahoma this past weekend to take part in the Destry Horton fire school. The training is named in honor of the Rush Springs firefighter who died while fighting a wildfire. This was the 12th annual event hosted by the Oklahoma State University Fire School. Training officer Mike Huff told KSWO-TV that firefighters respond to all types of emergencies and not just fires. The courses provide hands-on experience ranging from basic to advanced wild fires and medical training.


School Audit to be Reviewed by Chix Board of Education

The board of education for Chickasha Public Schools will get a review of the district's audit for the 2021-22 school year in the group's monthly meeting tonight. The panel will also get an update on the district's drop-out report and college readiness efforts. The panel is also to consider exercising an extension of the district's contract with One Net for ethernet services for the 2023-24 school year at a cost of just over $2,500 per month. The group is also to consider approving overnight stays for the high school robotics team for upcoming competitions in Arkansas and Tulsa and the First Robotics World competition in Houston. Other groups seeking approval for overnight stays are the FFA for the Oklahoma Youth Expo; the girls powerlifting team for the state tournament in Durant; and the high school wrestling and swim teams for state tournaments  in Oklahoma City. The panel is also to recognize certified employee Bo Steele and support employee Kyle Horton as the Chicken Express Employees of the Month. The school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the school administration office.


Darko School Board to Consider Heat, Air Bid for One School

The Anadarko school board also meets tonight. The panel is to consider awarding bid packages for the heating and air system at Mission Elementary, and for a district-wide telephone system. The panel will go behind closed doors to consider renewing contracts for several school administrators. Other proposals include considering the approval of fund raisers for the FFA, tennis, baseball, and boys track teams. The Anadarko school board meets at 6 o'clock tonight at the Anadarko schools administration office.


Crews Move in Ahead of Turf Project at Chix High School

Construction crews will be moving in today to begin preliminary work on the installation of the new artificial turf and track at the Chickasha High School football field. Dan Turner, the district's operations director, said Memorial Stadium will be closed to the public for the duration of the project. Normally, the track area is open for individuals for exercising however the area will be closed for at least the next four months. Officials have targeted a projected completion date of early July.


Chix PD to Begin Citizens Academy

The Chickasha Police Department will once again offer a citizen's police academy. The program aims to help the community better understand police training, procedures, and philosophy. It will be a weekly program which will include classroom and hands-on training. Some of the topics include defensive tactics and the use of force; domestic crisis intervention; crime scenes; patrol procedures; and vehicle stops and operations. Participants must be 18 years old, must not have a criminal record, and pass a background check. The academy is an eight-week course which will meet Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and it will begin on Thursday, March 23rd. There is no cost to attend. Applications are available in the lobby of the police department or on-line at:


Chix Library Chocolate Celebration Tonight

More than 3,000 servings of chocolate will be available tonight during the Friends of the Chickasha Library Chocolate Celebration. It’s the first time in three years for the event to be held in-person. Each of the nearly 20 groups taking part have prepared at least 200 servings of chocolatey goodies just in time for Valentine's Day tomorrow. Some bake sale items will also be available. Proceeds will help the Friends of the Library continue making improvements to the library. Tickets are $6 each and individuals can choose six servings per ticket. The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. tonight at Epworth Methodist Church.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.72 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.39.

Natural gas is $2.51 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,871 and silver is $21.96.

2023, Feb. 6th-11th

Saturday, Feb. 11th


State Rep Sells Home to OTA

Ahead of Proposed Turnpike Project

State Rep. Sherrie Conley (R-Newcastle) is facing backlash for making a big profit by selling her home and property to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. The Oklahoman reports that Conley's home was in path of the proposed new toll roads that are included in the controversial $5 billon ACCESS Oklahoma Toll Road plan. The Oklahoman reported that Conley and her husband were paid $100,000 over the appraised value of their home and property, received more than $25,000 for moving expenses, and are allowed to stay in the home rent-free for a year. The Oklahoman also report that The Conleys were among nine landowners who sold property to the turnpike authority last year before the work on the proposed toll roads were put on pause due to ongoing litigation.


Pioneer Telephone to End Cell Phone Service

Oklahomans who have cell phone service with Pioneer Telephone Company will have to find a new provider. The company will be discontinuing its cell phone operations later this year. A press release announcing the move indicates it will not affect customers with broadband, hard-line telephone, or iVideo services. Pioneer Telephone serves numerous rural areas including Grady, Caddo, Comanche, and Stephens counties and much of western and northwestern Oklahoma. The firm has been in operation for 70 years. Officials say the move allows the company to focus on its core business of providing broadband services. The company is working with Verizon to ensure that customers maintain their connectivity. Officials say cellular customers don't have to take an action right now. They will be receiving letters in the next few weeks which will have more information. Officials promised to work to ensure the transition will be simple and seamless. Officials are also working to understand what impact the transition will have on its employees.


Oil, Gas Well Completions Reported 

Oil and gas well completions in the area have been submitted to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Poloma Operating Company out of Houston filed reports on two wells in the Minco area and one near Yukon. Two Dumbledore Wells are on a single pad about three miles east of Minco in Section 25 of Township 10 North and  Range 7 West in Grady County. The two wells were bringing in more than 500 barrels of oil-equivalent and more than 3,000 metric cubic feet (Mcf) of natural gas per day at a true vertical depth of just over 10,000 feet. The well near Yukon is the Roseannadanna Well is about two miles southwest of that city in Section 34 of Township 12 North and Range 6 West in Canadian County. The well was producing nearly 200 barrels of oil-equivalent and about 400 Mcf of natural gas per day at a true vertical depth of just under 9,000 feet.


State Rep Brad Boles Reviews Opening Week of Session

State lawmakers have wrapped up the first week of the legislative session. State Rep. Brad Boles (R-Marlow) re-capped the week in a media release. He cited Gov. Kevin Stitt's State-of-the-State Address where the governor said he wants lawmakers to focus on lowering taxes, developing the state's workforce, improving infrastructure, and diversifying the state's energy grid to help attract more businesses. Boles is the chairman of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee and meets with industry associations, the corporation commission, the secretary of energy, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the State Department of Environmental Quality to review all the bills assigned to the panel. He says he'll have the group's first meeting next week


Talk Show Topic

Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego and Dr. Bill Worden with Heartland Medical Directions are on our KOOL Konversation program. A podcast of the program can be found under the Community tab on this website.



Delores Delacruz-Latyon

Funeral service for Delores Delacruz-Layton, 53, of Chickasha will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11th at Full Gospel Church. She worked at the Cottonwood Nursing Center. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Theda Amerson

A memorial service for Theda Amerson, 86, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13th at Sevier Funeral Home. She was a homemaker and babysitter.




Friday, Feb. 10th


Tactical Team Drill Surprises some Chix Residents

About 50 law enforcement personnel from across the state were in Chickasha this week for some training exercises. It caught a lot of people off guard yesterday when they saw officers dressed in tactical gear and carrying firearms in the downtown area near the city’s former police and fire departments. The training was provided by a company called Heartland Medical Direction which hosts training exercises throughout the state. Dr. Bill Wardon is the medical director for Heartland and said they went through several scenarios.




The drills included a medical helicopter landing in the parking lot at 7th and Choctaw Avenue. Agencies from Chickasha and Grady County, along with Caddo, Canadian and Logan counties were in town both Wednesday and Thursday for the training. Wednesday they had classroom lectures in several areas including breaching explosives and even mental health and resiliency training.


Cong. Tom Cole Pans Biden's State-of-the-Union Speech

4th District Congressman Tom Cole (R-Moore) was disappointed in President Biden's State of the Union address this week. Cole said the president didn't mention anything about energy production. In a prepared statement Cole said the president failed to mention a plan to unleash North American energy production to solve (Biden’s) self-created energy crisis.  Cole said the U.S. was an almost entirely energy-independent nation when Biden took office but that has all changed. Cole said because of the president's anti-American energy policies and assault on domestic production, energy prices are the highest they've ever been. Cole also said it's time for the president to stop playing games with the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves saying that tapping into the reserves has left America in a vulnerable position and in the hands of other countries that don't have the best interests of the U.S. in mind.


Chix Arts Council Hosts Art Walk Tonight

The Chickasha Area Arts Council is hosting a first-of-a-kind event tonight. A number of businesses in the downtown area have displays of numerous local artists in their store-front windows or inside. About 30 businesses and groups have teamed up with the council to be part of the inaugural walk. Dana Helms helped to organize the event and says it’s patterned off a similar art walk held in Norman. The Art Walk is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. mostly along Chickasha Avenue from the Rock Island Railroad Depot to 7th Street. Some businesses will be open after their normal business hours.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.06 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.50.

Natural gas is $2.43 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,872 and silver is $22.10.



Jack Parrish

Funeral service for Jack Parrish, 95, of Chickasha was held at 11:00 a.m. this morning at Epworth Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and worked for PSO for nearly 40 years. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home

‘Dody’ Meeks

A graveside service for Delores ‘Dody’ Meeks, 88, of Chickasha will be held by the family at a later date. At one time she was the private secretary for Kevin Eastman who created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.




Thursday, Feb. 9th


Three Chix City Councilors File Unopposed

Only five candidates filed to run for Chickasha city council this week and four of them currently serve on the panel. The only race that developed is in Ward 4, where Councilman Kelly Boyd is being challenged by Eric Anderson. It's the first time for Anderson to run for public office. Ward 3 Councilman Oscar Nelson, Ward 2 Councilwoman Georgianne Hebblethwaite, and Ward 1 Councilman Brian Gerdes all ran unopposed and will serve two more years on the council. The city council election will be held in April.

Anadarko Mayor has Opponent; Two Council Reps were Unchallenged

In Anadarko, there is a race for the top council post, as Mayor Kelley McGlothin is being opposed by Patrick Michael Hays. Two council representatives ran unopposed and will keep their seats on the panel. Ward One councilor Jayme Miller and Ward 2 councilor Patrick Redbird will serve another term. Municipal elections will be held in April.


USAO Prez Touts Partnership with OU School of Nursing

USAO and Murray State College are combining efforts with the Fran and  Earl Ziegler College OU School of Nursing train more nurses in an attempt to address Oklahoma's nursing shortage. At a press conference announcing the partnership yesterday, USAO president John Feaver said the university has a long and distinguished record of producing students who excel and graduate through the university's health sciences program.




This fall, USAO will offer a guaranteed admission opportunity to six qualified undergraduate students who are majoring in nursing and allow them to pursue their bachelor of science degrees at the OU College of Nursing at Cameron University in Lawton and at Duncan Regional Hospital.


'Onward Chickasha' Community Open House Set

The first community meeting of the Onward Chickasha community development plan is on the calendar. It will be a come-and-go event for individuals to meet with the project team of the Guernsey Engineering firm which was hired to conduct an 18-month study to provide the city with a 20-30 year improvement plan. The meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chickasha High School commons area. There will be a number of static displays for residents to view and comment on. In addition to the community meeting, individuals are urged to take an on-line survey to provide input on what they would like to see for the city in the long-term. The survey is on the website: with the deadline for comments being March 15th.


Chickasha Schools Name First Hall of Honor Members

Chickasha Public School officials have announced the first three individuals to be enshrined in the district's Hall of Honor. The hall was established to celebrate individuals who have contributed to the welfare of humanity and brought unusually positive attention to Chickasha.

Dr. Ada Sipuel-Fisher: She was the valedictorian of the 1941 class of Chickasha's Lincoln High School and civil rights pioneer who broke the color barrier at the OU Law School. She graduated from there in 1952; practiced law in Chickasha and Oklahoma City; taught at Langston University and retired as Langston's Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. She also served as a member of the OU Board of Regents.

Art Griffith: Griffith was a 1915 Chickasha High School graduate who fought in World War I and would serve as the wrestling coach at Oklahoma A and M and lead the  team to eight national titles. He also coached the USA wrestling team to a gold medal in the 1948 Olympics and is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Darrell Harms: Harms was the speech and drama teacher for Chickasha Public Schools for 35 years in the district. He led students to an estimated 180 full-length plays and performances and one-night acts, and was the public address announcer for numerous high school and junior high football and basketball games.  He is already a member of the Chickasha High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held during the annual Chickasha Public School Foundation Gala on March 31st.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.47 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.09.

Natural gas is $2.40 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,393 and silver is $22.47.




Wednesday, Feb. 8th


USAO to Assist in Filling Nursing Shortage

USAO will be working to help solve the shortage of nursing professionals in the state. USAO and Murray State will be partnering with the Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at OU to offer a guaranteed admission program. A press conference announcing the partnership will be held at the OU Health Sciences Center this afternoon.


Four Incumbents, One Challenger File for Chix City Council

Five candidates have come forward so far to run for Chickasha City Council with one apparent race so far. That's in Ward 4 where incumbent Kelly Boyd is being challenged by Eric Anderson. On Tuesday, Ward 3 councilman Oscar Nelson and Ward 1 councilman Brian Gerdes filed their paperwork to run for re-election. Ward 2 councilwoman Georgianne Hebblethwaite had previously filed. Today is the final day for candidates to file for city or town council posts.


Regional Filings Update

Checking city and town council filings for other area communities:

Alex, Roy Marcum and Jim Bisel have filed for board of trustees;

Minco, Felicia Tinsley and Rex Ramey have filed for separate offices;

Ninnekah, Linda Clark and Teresa Dunn have filed for separate offices;

Rush Springs, Gary Langham and Hank Badertscher have filed for board of trustees and Kathy Adamson has filed for Town Clerk-Treasurer;

Verden, Amber King and Michael Hurley have fled for board of trustees;

Dibble, Matt Alexander has filed for board of trustees;

Blanchard, Michael Scalf and Joseph Davis have filed for separate offices;

Anadarko, Kelly McGlothlin and Patrick Michael Hayes have filed for Mayor; Jayme Miller has filed in Ward 1 and Patrick Redbird has filed in Ward 2;

Cement, Erik Williams, Linda Kawa, and Sarah Jiminez have filed for board of trustees;

Cyril, Monica Cooper, Kathy Castro and Shawn Ream have filed for board of trustees;

Gracemont, Curtis McPherson and Carol Abbott have filed for board of trustees;

Ft. Cobb, Chris Helton and Kendra West have filed for board of trustees;

Apache, Tina Johnson has filed for board of trustees;

Binger, Steve DeVaughn, Robert Doyel, and Mason Smith have filed for board of trustees of trustees and Taryn Gregory has filed for town clerk-treasurer;

Carnegie, Wesley Taylor and Donald Topfi have filed for bd. of trustees;

Eakly, Angel Castillo, board of trustees and Lisa Root, town clerk-treasurer;

Hinton, Casey McLoud, Brandon Hill, Randel House, Janie Smallwood, and Brian Sweeney for board of trustees and Brooke Hoehner for town clerk.

The filing period for municipal offices ends at 5 o'clock this afternoon.


Congressman Tom Cole Schedules Chickasha Stop

4th District Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole will be in Chickasha later this month. Cole will have a legislative update at the chamber of commerce on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd. The program will be at 11:30 a.m. and a box lunch will be available for $10. Contact Whitney Palesano at the chamber to sign up.


Assault Suspect Recently Served Jail Time for Vandalism

A Chickasha man is jailed on a $50,000 bond after being arrested for assaulting his girlfriend. 42-year old James Albert Eudy, II was arrested by Chickasha police last week. A probable cause affidavit filed by Chickasha police indicates an officer was called to the 600 block of North 8th Street last Wednesday morning. The victim said she and Eudy had been arguing when he got physical struck her several times. Prosecutors have formally charged Eudy with a felony for domestic violence-assault and battery. He had just gotten out of jail last month after serving a short sentence after pleading guilty to misdemeanor vandalism charge stemming from an arrest in December.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $83.69.

Natural gas is $2.58 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,894 and silver is $22.51.



Jeffrey Douglas

Funeral service for Jeffrey Douglas, 62, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He was a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and worked at Midwest Towers.

Lucy Burkett

A graveside service for Lucy Burkett, 81, of Chickasha will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10th at Fairlawn Cemetery. She was a truck driver with her husband Don and was an accomplished seamstress. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.




Tuesday, Feb. 7th


Chix Resident Claims Economic Development Council

Not Being 'Transparent' with Use of Hotel-Motel Tax Funds

For the last several months, a Chickasha resident has complained that the city's Economic Development Council (EDC) is not providing information about how the panel is using some of the city's hotel-motel tax revenues. Laurie Allen has been to several city council meetings since December saying the information is public record but that EDC officials say it is not. Allen was in front of the city council again last night saying some information has come forward but she still wants more details. She has gone so far as to notify the state attorney general's office alleging EDC is violating the state's open records act. City Manager Keith Johnson admitted there has been some problems with a lack of transparency by the EDC but says more needs to be done.




Also during the meeting, the council approved a contract to replace a sewer line near 16th and Choctaw which has been dilapidated for several years. The project was awarded to Matthews Trenching at a cost of nearly $320,000. The panel also approved paying city manager Keith Johnson $10,000 for moving expenses which was part of his contract when he was hired last fall.


Candidates File for Area City, Town Council Posts

Three people filed for Chickasha City Council in the first day of filing for office yesterday. Ward 2 Councilwoman Georgianne Hebblethwaite and Ward 4 Councilman Kelly Boyd filed for re-election. Also filing was Eric Anderson in Ward 4. Other filings in the region: In Ninnekah, Teresa Dunn has filed for Office 2 and Linda Clark filed for Office 3 for the town council; In Verden, Michael Hurley filed for board of trustees; In Rush Springs, Hank Badertscher and Gary Langham both filed for board of trustees and Kathy Adamson filed for town clerk-treasurer; In Alex, Jim Bisel filed for board of trustees; and in Minco, Rex Ramey filed for Ward No. 2 for town council. In Blanchard, Joseph Jody Davis has filed in Ward 1 and Michael Scalf has filed in Ward 2 for city council. In Anadarko, Patrick Michael Hayes has filed as a candidate for Mayor; in Cyril, Shawn Ream filed for board of trustees; in Gracemont, Carol Abbott filed for board of trustees; in Binger, Taryn Gregory filed for the town clerk-and-treasurer; and in Hinton, Casey McLoud and Janie Smallwood have filed for board of trustees. The filing period runs through Wednesday at 5 p.m.


Suspect Arrested Nearly a Year After Alleged Kidnapping

There's new information about a man who was arrested last week for kidnapping. It's alleged the incident took place on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike last February. It wasn't until nine months later (last November) that an arrest warrant was issued for 30-year old James Latour Burgess. A probable cause affidavit indicates the victim said he picked up Burgess and his girlfriend in Oklahoma City and agreed to give them a ride to Chickasha. At some point during the trip it’s alleged that Burgess pulled out two weapons and put one of them in the victim's side. He then took the victims' cel phone and told him to go back to Oklahoma City. After dropping Burgess and his girlfriend off the victim drove back to Chickasha where a report was filed with a state trooper. Burgess remains in the Grady County Jail awaiting arraignment.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $74.11 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $80.99.

Natural gas is $2.45 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,882 and silver is $22.25.




Monday, Feb. 6th


Chix Wal-Mart Evacuated After Report of Threat

Several law enforcement agencies responded to a threat at Chickasha's Wal-Mart store Saturday night. The call came in about 9:30 p.m. Chickasha police and Grady County sheriff's deputies were among those responding. A press release issued by Chickasha police said the store was evacuated as a precaution and later said there was an incident which was not related to the alleged threat but provided no other details. Authorities determined there was no threat to the public.


Kidnapping Suspect Arrested

A man wanted for alleged kidnapping has been taken into custody. Last November, A Grady County judge issued an arrest warrant for 30-year old James Latour Burgess of Oklahoma City stemming from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. In addition to kidnapping Burgess was also wanted for possession of a firearm after former conviction. No details were available about the investigation. Burgess could have his initial appearance on the charges in Grady County District Court as early as today.


Filing Period Opens for City, Town Council Offices

The filing period is underway for a number of city and town council posts. Candidates for Chickasha City Council will file at Chickasha City Hall and all others in Grady County will file at the Grady County Election Board. Chickasha City Council representatives who seats are up for election include Brian Gerdes in Ward 1; Georgianne Hebblethwaite in Ward 2; Oscar Nelson in Ward 3; and Kelly Boyd in Ward 4. The three-day filing period runs through 5 p.m. Wednesday.


Large Re-imbursement Grant to be Discussed By Chix Council

The Chickasha City Council tonight will consider approving a six-figure grant reimbursement to the group responsible for much of the new development in downtown Chickasha over the last couple of years. It's a $100,000 reimbursement request by a group called Chickasha Today for work done in the 100 block of Chickasha Avenue. The council is also to consider awarding a sewer line replacement project at 16th and Choctaw to Matthews Trenching for nearly $320,000. The panel will also consider a $10,000 payment to city manager Keith Johnson related to his moving expenses; and will consider accepting the appointment of Robert Brooks as City Treasurer. He’s expected to be named to the post to replace previous finance director Cindy Rogers who recently stepped down. The panel will also get an update from Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council regarding downtown grants. The group will also consider approving engineering studies with Parkhill Engineering for a couple of projects at the Chickasha Airport. One is the make improvements to the runway and taxi way and the second is to design some new hangars for estimated costs of about $87,000 each. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at City Hall.


State Legislative Session Begins Today

State lawmakers are returning to the state capital today for the start of the 2023 legislative session. Thousands of bills have been submitted for consideration. Governor Kevin Stitt will give his State of the State address this afternoon and he's expected to continue his call for an end to the state sales tax on groceries and a cut in state income tax rates.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $73.39 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $79.94.

Natural gas is $2.41 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,883 and silver is $22.42.



John Nix

Funeral service for John Nix, 90, of Chickasha was held at 2 o'clock today at Holy Name Catholic Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

Rhonda Davis

Funeral service for Rhonda Davis of Lawton is pending with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

2023, Jan. 30th-Feb. 4th

Saturday, Feb. 4th


Jury Issues Not Guilty Verdict in Manslaughter Trial

A Chickasha man is found not guilty of first degree manslaughter in connection with the death of a bicycle rider. A Grady County jury acquitted Bryan Bingham of manslaughter yesterday. Bingham was charged in connection with the death of Scott Womack in May of 2020. Bingham driving a car that struck and killed Womack as he was riding his bicycle near his home. Bret Burns was Bingham's attorney-




Burns said the jury of 10 women and two men deliberated for about an hour an half before returning the not-guilty verdict.


Kidnapping Suspect Captured

A man wanted for alleged kidnapping has been taken into custody. A felony arrest warrant for 30-year old James Latour Burgess of Oklahoma City was issued by Grady County authorities last November. Burgess was also wanted for possession of a firearm after former conviction. On-line court records indicate the warrant was issued following an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. No details were immediately available about the investigation. Burgess could have his initial appearance on the charges in Grady County District Court next week.


City of Chickasha Begins 'Onward Chickasha' Project

An effort to develop a comprehensive plan to improve Chickasha's infrastructure and to take the city into the middle part of this century and beyond is in the works - and city officials want public input. It's called ‘Onward Chickasha’ and city leaders will be interacting with residents to find out their ideas of what improvements are needed. Last summer the city council approved the hiring of the Guernsey Engineering Firm out of Oklahoma City to lead the project. Officials will spend the next 18 months putting together the master plan which officials hope will prepare the city for the second half of the 21st century. A community survey is underway right now asking participants to share what they think the city's biggest needs are whether it is better streets, water, and water systems; better police and fire protection; parks and recreation; land use; and housing needs and affordability. Residents have until March 15th to comment. The survey is available on the website:

Participants will have to create a user name and password. In addition to the survey there will be an open house later this month for the public to get more information during an informal setting. The survey is the first of many workshops and open-house type programs which will be held over the next year-and-a-half to get the public’s suggestions. There is a citizens committee that is helping to guide the project.  Anyone who would like to serve on the committee or would like other information can reach out to city planner Rachel Bernish at the Community Development Department at city hall.


Talk Show Topic

On the KOOL Konversation this week’s guests are Angie Lewis and Jana Dabney with the Friends of the Chickasha Library. They'll be talking about some of their projects including the return of the group's Chocolate Celebration which is back after a two-year break. Find a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.




Friday, February 3rd


ODOT Considers 'Tax per Mile Driven' Instead of Gas Tax

Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) are looking for alternative ways to pay for the upkeep and maintenance of state highways. For years road maintenance funds have been paid with funds collected on a state tax on gasoline. ODOT officials say with the higher fuel-efficiency of new cars and trucks and the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road that gas tax revenues are declining. ODOT has created a pilot program called Fair Miles Oklahoma and are looking at alternative ways to collect road repair funds. One proposal is for motorists to pay for every mile that they drive. Officials are studying the options and could have more information later this year. They say the goal is to learn lessons and figure out what works and what doesn’t work for Oklahomans.


Energy Mogul Predicts Favorable Future for Oil and Gas

Oklahoma energy magnate Harold Hamm is optimistic about the future of the energy industry. Hamm, the chairman of Continental Resources, says the country is going to need the oil and gas industry for the next 100 years. He addressed a meeting this week at the Hamm Institute for American Energy in Oklahoma City. The Institute was named for him. He praised the oil and gas workforce calling them the backbone of the industry. Hamm said that’s where he started and it’s where his loyalties lie. Also attending the meeting was Molly Determan who is the president of Energy Workforce. She said they are coming out of some of the most challenging times that the nation and world have faced but are still providing affordable, reliable energy. She said it’s important to end the negative rhetoric about the oil and gas industry which directly impacts its ability to access talent and long-term investments. Determan said its critical that they enable their employees to be advocates for the industry.


Chix Chamber of Commerce Plans Centennial Banquet

2023 is a big year for the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is celebrating its 100th year. The group is currently planning its annual banquet and is accepting nominations for a number of awards which will be announced at that time. Among the awards are Civic Hall of Fame, Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Small Business of the Year. Nominations can be submitted on-line at:

The banquet will be held Friday, April 21st and individuals are asked to RSVP by April 15th.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $75.88 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $82.17.

Natural gas is $2.45 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,923 and silver is $23.49.




Thursday, Feb. 2nd


Gary Boggess Sworn is as Grady County Sheriff

There was a changing of the guard at the Grady County Sheriff's Office yesterday. Grady County Commissioners appointed Undersheriff Gary Boggess to serve as sheriff in a special meeting. That was followed by Boggess taking his oath of office from District Judge Kory Kirkland. Boggess said he's blessed to have the opportunity and credited retiring sheriff Jim Weir for his work.




Boggess was named undersheriff in May of 2021 following his retirement after a 20-year career at the Newcastle Police Department. He has more than 30 years’ experience in law enforcement. He is a U.S. Army veteran and served in both Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield and afterwards spent eight years in the Oklahoma National Guard.

Retired Sheriff  Saluted in Final Radio Call

For Weir, he spent 10 years as sheriff and spent 40 years in law enforcement. We wanted to share this post from the Grady County Sheriff's Office Facebook page with Weir's final call from dispatch-




Weir’s retirement was effective Tuesday, Jan. 31st. By the way, all the Grady County deputies will take their oaths of office to serve under the new sheriff in a ceremonial swearing-in which will be held at Bible Baptist Church this Saturday.


Verden, Gracemont Schools to Have Special Bond Elections

Voters in the Verden and Gracemont school districts will decide bond issues this month. In Verden, a $675,000 bond issue is proposed to include building a security vestibule at the high school. Superintendent Mickey Edwards say the vestibule will double as a commons area and will provide an extra layer of protection for students. A reception area will allow administrative assistants to screen visitors before they are allowed in the building. Edwards said property taxes would not increase if the measure is approved as a current bond issue will come of the tax rolls.  If approved the bonds would be paid off in five-years after they are issued.

Gracemont Plan Detailed

Gracemont school patrons will consider a nearly $310,000 bond issue. Superintendent David Garner said the project was developed after holding a community survey. The funds would be used to improve security; make repairs to the foundation of the gymnasium to fix some drainage issues; and make some safety improvements to playgrounds. Garner said property taxes in the Gracemont School District would not increase should the measure be approved. The proposal is also a five-year bond issue. The elections for both bond issues is Tuesday, Feb. 14th.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $76.41 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.51.

Natural gas is $2.49 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,968 and silver is $24.43.



Betty Nobles

Funeral service for Betty Nobles, 77, of Tuttle will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3rd at Sevier Funeral Home in Tuttle.

Timothy Tims

Funeral service for Timothy Tims, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4th at Ferguson Funeral Home. He owned and operated Jimmy's Cleaners for more than 20 years.




Wednesday, Feb. 1st


Tanker Truck Hauling Sewage Crashes

A tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of sewage ran off the road and took out two power poles and crashed through a fence in Ninnekah this morning. It happened about 12:30 a.m. near the Washita Valley RV Park at 1907 North Old Highway 81. The dispatch log from the Grady County Sheriff's Office indicates the truck was hauling about 4,000 gallons of sewage. It's not believed that any of the sewage leaked out of the tanker. Ninnekah police and fire, a sheriff's deputy and Chickasha EMS were called. However, the driver of the truck was not injured. PSO was also called out to replace the poles and there were a few power outages. PSO is not reporting any outages in that area this morning. Also, some cattle may have also gotten out with the broken down fence. At last report, the cattle owner was still looking for a missing donkey.


Pursuit Suspect Wanted from Last Summer Arrested

A suspect wanted in connection with the pursuit of a stolen vehicle last summer was taken into custody recently. An arrest warrant was issued last July for 28-year old Randy Mitchell Reed of Chickasha. He was booked into the Grady County Jail last Friday. KOOL-RANCH news reported on the incident in which a pick-up was stolen from the Chickasha Napa Auto Parts store in early July. The pickup owner’s father called the sheriff’s office as he was following the truck north on U.S. Highway 81. While a deputy was responding he saw a pick up that matched the description of the one reported stolen on a county road between Pocasset and Amber. The pursuit went into and through Amber and ended when the pickup crashed – however the driver fled on foot but the deputy managed to take him into custody at the point. The suspect complained of injuries and he was then taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. Reed was arraigned in Grady County District Court this past Monday on felony charges of endangering others while eluding and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond.


Blood Shortage Continues; Pop-up Blood Drive Set

The winter weather over the past week has forced the cancelation of a lot of blood drives for the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). The agency has issued an emergency blood shortage and is working to schedule pop-up blood drives. Christi Chambers is the director of the OBI Lawton office. She says every day that blood drives are canceled means that they don't get the more than 1,000 units of blood they need for all the hospitals they serve in Oklahoma and North Texas. Chambers says they need - 




KOOL-RANCH radio and the Chickasha Area YMCA are teaming up with the OBI for a pop-up blood drive. A bloodmobile will be in the YMCA parking lot at 7th and Chickasha Avenue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and officials encourage eligible donors to stop in and no appointment is necessary. Other upcoming blood drives can be found on the blood institute’s website:


USAO Program Helps Autistic Students Earn Degrees

A program for autistic college students at USAO is helping the students earn their degrees and help them obtain social skills they'll need in society. Cathy Perri is the director of the Neil-Wint Center for Neurodiversity. She says other USAO students play a big role in serving as mentors.




The program began in 2017 with four students and has grown to 18. Four of the students have earned their college degrees.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $78.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.49.

Natural gas is $2.68 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,943 and silver is $23.57.



Wilma Dee Roberson

No services are scheduled for Wilma Dee Roberson, 85, of Chickasha. She worked for Southwestern Bell for several years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Alan Joseph Smart

A private memorial service will be held for Alan Smart, 54, of Chickasha. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.




Tuesday, Jan. 31st


Winter Weather Advisory Extended

A traveler's advisory for much of the state has been extended as weather forecasters say periods of freezing rain, sleet, and snow are anticipated through Thursday morning. The National Weather Service now says the winter weather advisory is in effect until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday for periods of freezing rain, sleet, or snow – with some freezing rain possible into Thursday morning.  Additional ice accumulations of up to one quarter-of-an-inch are possible in some areas. Most highways are slick in spots but interior roads could be the most hazardous to drive on. Many schools have gone to virtual learning which means students are at home and in contact with teachers with mobile devices. Today’s closings include the Grady County Courthouse which is expected to re-open an hour later Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. County Commissioner Kirk Painter said individuals summoned for jury duty won't need to report Wednesday until 10:00 a.m.


Jury Selection Begins for Manslaughter Trial

Jury selection began in Grady County District Court yesterday for the trial of a Chickasha man accused in connection with a fatal crash that killed a bicycle rider. Bryan Bingham was charged with manslaughter after the accident which occurred in May of 2020. Scott Womack died in the accident that occurred near his home and Bingham is alleged to have been behind the wheel of the car that hit Womack.


One Dead, One Hospitalized After Ft. Cobb Crash

One person died and another was hospitalized following a traffic accident in Ft. Cobb. 78-year old Gary Orrell of Ft. Cobb died in an ambulance while being taken to a hospital. The accident happened just before 6:00 a.m. Monday. 71-year old Javier Salazar of Carnegie was taken to the Anadarko hospital where he was admitted in serious condition. Also injured was 59-year old Mary Salazar of Carnegie who was also taken to the Anadarko hospital where she was treated and released.


New Grady County Sheriff to be Named Wednesday

A new Grady County sheriff is expected to be named tomorrow. Grady County commissioners held a closed-door session during the group’s Monday morning meeting to discuss the applications of two candidates. Commissioner Kirk Painter said the panel took no action after the executive session but said the new sheriff would be named during a special commissioners meeting scheduled tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. Undersheriff Gary Boggess is believed to be the front-runner for the post. Sheriff Jim Weir who is retiring today recommended that commissioners appoint Boggess to the office.


New Turf, Track, Scoreboard Approved for Chix High School

The Chickasha school board approved multi-million dollar contracts with a several companies yesterday to install artificial turf, a new track surface, and a video scoreboard at the high school football stadium. The total cost of the improvements is about $4.2 million with the funds coming from a $35 million bond issue approved by school district voters last summer. A contract with Field Turf USA and partner company Beynon Track was for $3.5 million. Both companies have installed similar surfaces at high schools and colleges throughout the country. Superintendent Rick Croslin talked about some of the benefits.




The school board also approved a $600,000 contract with Metro Sign Company to install a state-of-the-art scoreboard with a large video playback screen and high-tech sound system. Officials hope to begin work around Feb. 20th with completion expected in early July.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $77.98 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $84.90.

Natural gas is $2.67 per million BTUS.

Gold is $1,919 and silver is $23.22.



Marion Lennox, Jr.

Funeral service for Marion Lennox, Jr., 92, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4th at the First Baptist Church in Duncan. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.




Monday, Jan. 30th


Winter Weather Expected Through Noon Wednesday

Old Man Winter has once again tightened his grip on the Sooner State. Many areas of Oklahoma could see a variety of freezing rain, sleet, and snow over the next three days along with sub-freezing temperatures and wind chill values below zero. A travelers advisory is in effect through noon Wednesday as the entire I-40 corridor could get about an inch of snow and some ice accumulation which will create hazardous driving conditions. Temperatures will be steady in the upper-teens and low-twenties through mid-day Wednesday with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s Wednesday afternoon.

Warming Centers Open During Cold Spell

The Chickasha Community Alliance has opened warming centers for the homeless and for families who may not have proper heating in their homes. During the day, Linked Church at 902 S. 9th Street will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Heidi Helping the Homeless at 3rd and Minnesota Ave will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Food will be provided at both locations. During the overnight hours The Resurrection House at 7th and Colorado will be open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.


New Grady County Sheriff May be Named

Grady County Commissioners will meet behind closed doors this morning to consider appointing a new sheriff. Current Sheriff Jim Weir is retiring and tomorrow is his last day in office. Officials are expected to elevate Undersheriff Gary Boggess to the post who (if approved) would serve the remaining two years of the sheriff’s term. Weir said Boggess has been basically running the office over the last year and recommended that commissioners appoint Boggess to the post. A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Weir has spent 40 years in law enforcement with the last 10 years as Grady County Sheriff.


Field Turf Bid for CHS Football Field May be OK'd

The Chickasha school board will consider replacing the natural grass at Memorial Stadium with field turf today. It is part of the bond issue approved by voters last summer. The action is to be discussed in a special meeting of board at noon. The panel will consider approving a contract with Field Turf USA for a new football field and eight-lane track. The price tag is just over $3.5 million.  It includes paving, electrical work, fencing, and a metal storage building. The panel will also consider purchasing a new scoreboard for the football field and would include a 20’ X 37’ video board to allow for replays and video ads. Two new play clocks would also be included. The cost of the scoreboard is just over $600,000 and it is from Metro Sign Company. The panel will also discuss considering approving a proposal to surplus all the natural grass and dirt on the field which will have to be removed before the new surface can be installed.

2023-24 School Year Revisions also to be Discussed

The school board will also consider some changes for the 2023-24 school year including spring break for the week of March 18th of 2024 and starting the 4th quarter of the school year March 11th. The group will also consider some changes in the appeal process for students who are suspended. The panel will also consider spending about $12,000 to send the district's administrative team to a conference in Orlando, Florida in June of this year.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $79.68 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.66.

Natural gas is $3.11 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,938 and silver is $23.70.



Stella Carlisle

Funeral service for Stella Carlisle, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1st at Bible Baptist Church. She owned and operated an antique store and also worked at T, G and Y; Kress Department Store; and Pet Milk. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.


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