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Mollman Media News Archives for 2024-04

2024, April 22nd-27th

Saturday, April 27th


New Superintendent Named for Ninnekah Schools

A new superintendent will be leading Ninnekah Public Schools at the start of next school year and she's a familiar face. In a special meeting Friday morning the Board of Education named Regina Jones as the district’s next top administrator. She's been with Ninnekah schools for nearly 20 years as a teacher and a principal. Jones says she’s currrently in an administrative post under current superintendent Ashley Randall. 





Randall has served the last two years at Ninnekah and is retiring June 30th. Jones takes over the post July 1st however Randall will help guide her through her first few months in her new job.


Two Die in Separate Crashes

Two people have died in separate traffic accidents in Stephens County. 61-year old Debra Wilmon of Duncan died when the car she was driving ran off the road and overturned several times. The highway patrol reports the accident happened about noon yesterday on a county road just west of Marlow. That crash is still under investigation. Troopers are also still looking into a deadly crash involving an ATV and a car. That accident happened about 7:00 p.m. Friday just east of Duncan. Authorities say 63-year old Max Gallaway of Marlow was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car, 58-year old Pamala Walls of Marlow, was air-lifted to a Duncan hospital where she was admitted in stable condition.


Help Available for Veteran-Owned Businesses

Military veterans who now own a business or are considering starting a business can get help from the State Department of Veterans Affairs. Daron Hoggatt is the Business Management Program Administrator for the agency. The program has been around for nearly four years and Hoggatt has helped hundreds of veterans who are operating their own companies. Hoggatt will be leading a Farmer Veteran Field Day in Slaughterville on Tuesday, May 7th. There will be information on bee keeping and bee removal and a review of how veterans can utilize numerous support organizations. For information check out the website:


Talk Show Topic

Cathy Nestlen with the Regional Food Bank is this week’s guest on the KOOL Konversation. Find A podcast of thE program under the Community tab on this website.



Carron Gage

Funeral service for Carron Gage, 75, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 30th at Ferguson Funeral Home. She worked for Lifeline Home Health.




Friday, April 26th


Missouri Traffic Stop Leads to Illegal Pot Business in Lindsay

An investigation into a fake delivery van in Missouri leads to a Lindsay company suspected of operating an illegal marijuana business. Earlier this week, agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) served a search warrant at Bright Stones LLC in Lindsay where agents seized more than 9,000 marijuana plants and more than 200 pounds of processed marijuana. OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said the investigation began in January when Missouri police stopped a fake Amazon van for traffic violations. When authorities searched the van they found nearly 250 pounds of marijuana that had been picked up in Lindsay. Woodward alleges that Bright Stones had obtained its license by fraud by using a 'straw ownership' scheme. He said the main target of the investigation has been linked to numerous other illegal marijuana operations in the state. No arrests have been made as agents continue their investigation.


USAO Adds OCCC to Partnership Role

USAO has announced a partnership with a second neighboring two-year college. Officials have now announced that USAO and Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) are uniting in an effort to re-define the state's academic landscape. A press release from USAO indicates the partnership will combine OCCCs extensive reach and USAOs specialized liberal arts curriculum to help students as they progress from associate's degrees to bachelor's degrees. Just a few weeks ago USAO announced a similar partnership with Redlands Community College in El Reno which will start this fall.

USAO graduation ceremony moved indoors

USAO's spring commencement is tomorrow. Originally scheduled to be outdoors on the oval, the ceremony has been moved indoors to Te Ata Memorial Auditorium due to the forecast for rain. The ceremony will get underway at 11:00 a.m.


Chix Police Department Tests New Lobby Hours

The Chickasha Police Department has revised its office hours in hopes of being more accessible to individuals who may need non-emergency assistance or want to pay fines. The lobby is now open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Friday, hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A post on the department's Facebook page says there will be an undetermined trial period for the new hours. Officials say individuals who need to pay tickets can do so on-line:


Chix Schools Administrator Noted for His Work

A Chickasha public schools administrator has been recognized for his work. Jerry Don Bray who is assistant superintendent and the district's athletic director was named District 14 Administrator of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators.


Cowboy Hill Music Venue Postpones Weekend Show

A new music venue in Caddo County is postponing a weekend concert because of the forecast of inclement weather. Cowboy Hill LLC was formed to help preserve the cowboy and Western culture and lifestyle. The venue was scheduled to host Chickasha country and gospel singer-songwriter Danny Steagall, as well as Steve Story, and cowboy poet Straw Berry tomorrow night (Saturday, April 27th). DeAnna McCall with Cowboy Hill said the show has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. Cowboy Hill is eight miles west of Binger on SH 152 and one mile north on CS 2530. For information on its mission and future performances visit the Facebook page Cowboy Hill LLC.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $84.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.02.

Natural gas is $1.65 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,362 and silver is $28.02.




Thursday, April 25th


Update on Chickasha's Proposed TIF Districts

New information was brought to light for Chickasha's proposed Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Districts yesterday. A review committee - appointed to consider if the districts would be beneficial for the city - heard from Nate Ellis of the Public Finance Law Group yesterday. Ellis said officials are projecting that nearly 20 businesses could locate in the proposed downtown TIF district. A hotel, office space, and multi-family properties could locate in the TIF district proposed along Highway 62 from the fairgrounds east to the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. KOOL/RANCH News talked to Ellis after the meeting and he gave a summary of the how they would determine how much money might be realized and how it would be distributed.




The city funds would be used in install water and sewer lines and other infrastructure to help spur development in those areas. Officials are proposing 25-year plans for the two areas.


Governor Vetoes Bill Supporting Domestic Violence Victims;

Legislators Attempting to Over-ride

A bill supporting domestic violence victims has been vetoed by Gov. Kevin Stitt.  However, state lawmakers could over-ride that veto. SB 1470 is called the Survivors' Act. It would allow domestic violence victims to enter evidence of abuse they suffered if they are convicted of crimes they committed against their attackers. That evidence could lead to shorter prison sentences for the victims. The measure was overwhelmingly approved by both the house and senate. The senate has already voted to over-ride the veto, 46-1. The measure now goes to the house for an over-ride vote where members initially passed the bill, 84-3. Stitt called the proposal bad policy. The state district attorneys association supported the governor's veto. A group called the Oklahoma Survivors Justice Coalition has been working for two years with victims, domestic violence service providers, human trafficking shelters, and lawyers of abuse survivors to get the measure passed. The group said the bill has been supported locally and nationally by conservatives and liberals as common-sense sentencing reform.


Anadarko Library to Host Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit

The Anadarko Community Library will host a traveling exhibit from The Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The exhibit called Voices and Votes is part of The Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service and is being assisted by a collaboration of state humanities councils. The exhibit examines the nearly 250 year-old American experiment of a government ‘of, by, and for the people”. The exhibit opens in July 20th and will run through August 31st. The Anadarko library is just one of a handful of libraries in the state selected to host the exhibit.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.81 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.02.

Natural gas is $1.65 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,336 and silver is $27.66.




Wednesday, April 24th


Chickasha's TIF District Review Panel to Meet

The panel assembled to consider whether the City of Chickasha should create two new Tax Increment Finance Districts will hold a special session today. Among the items up for consideration are proposed infrastructure improvements and related costs, and proposed development assumptions. In the group's first meeting in January the panel got a look at two proposed districts - one of which includes a section of downtown Chickasha and the other area east of downtown along U.S. Highway 62 to the H.E. Bailey Turnpike.


City's Parks and Rec Board to Tour Shannon Springs Park Pool

The City of Chickasha's Parks and Recreation Board will get look at the city's municipal swimming pool in a special meeting tomorrow night. The panel will initially meet at City Hall at 6 p.m. to open the meeting and discuss fee recommendations and a non-exclusive use agreement with the YMCA. The panel will briefly adjourn and then re-convene at the pool in Shannon Springs Park for a tour. An inspection of the pool commissioned the city recommended more than $2 million in upgrades. The pool is expected to be open this summer.


Vehicle Fire Slows Down Turnpike Traffic

A vehicle fire slowed down traffic on part of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike early this morning. The outside lane of eastbound traffic around mile marker 70 was closed southwest of Chickasha. It happened just after 12:30 a.m. It was blocked for about 90 minutes and re-opened about 2:00 a.m. No details of the fire were provided.


Profanity Leads to High Bond in Misdemeanor Case

A Chickasha man who failed to show up for a court appearance for a misdemeanor charge is being held in jail on an unusually high bond of $500,000. Why? He signed a court document with an expletive. 31-year old Joshua Nathaniel Ashley was arrested Sunday because he failed to show up for a hearing in March. The hearing was scheduled after Ashley was arrested in December for driving without a license. In his court appearance Monday he signed “f--- you” on the court minute document and Special District Judge Gina Lowe set his bond at a half-million dollars. Ashley is to announce his attorney May 2nd and his case placed on the May 3rd disposition docket.


Suspect Sought for Wrongly Living at Oilfield Site

A felony warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Grady County man accused of illegally living at an oilfield site. The warrant was issued yesterday for 47-year old Ronnie Lynn Frick of Rush Springs. KSWO-TV cites court documents that say deputies were dispatched to an oilfield site in the Ninnekah area where a couple of employees had detained Frick. Deputies said that it appeared Frick had been living there for some time. The warrant is for trespassing and damage to critical infrastructure. It carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.


Whole Grain Breads in Diet Said to Have Health Benefits

Many nutrition experts say bread is not the healthiest of foods due to being high in calories and carbohydrates. However there are some benefits to eating whole grain breads and products. KenLynn Chaney with Grady County 4H shares this information.





She also said consuming whole grains can lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancer.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $84.19 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.29.

Natural gas is $1.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,331 and silver is $27.48.




Tuesday, April 23rd


Jury Selection Begins for Suspect Accused of Murder, Animal Cruelty

A woman arrested for murder and numerous counts of animal cruelty more than three years ago may finally go to trial. Jury selection began yesterday in Stephens County District Court for Karen Jean Pritchard of Marlow. Pritchard was arrested in February of 2021 after investigators were initially called to look into reports of a puppy mill. Authorities found nearly 170 neglected animals on Pritchard's property. Pritchard was later charged with murder after the body of Ashley Anderson was found rolled up in a tarp and stuffed in a metal shipping container. Media reports at the time indicate that Anderson was believed to have been working for Pritchard. The two had gotten into an argument and Pritchard said she accidentally ran into Anderson with her pickup, and Anderson died of those injuries. Pritchard is facing life in prison if convicted of murder and up to five years behind bars on each of 138 counts of animal cruelty.


Alleged Phone Thief Also Accused of Kicking Cop

A Caddo County woman is charged with crimes ranging from robbery to assault on a police officer. 46-year old Ellen Twohatchet of Ft. Cobb was arrested by Anadarko police last week. KSWO-TV reports that officers were called to a business where it was alleged that Twohatchet ran up to a woman in a car to use her phone. Court documents indicate that Twohatchet reached inside the vehicle, grabbed the phone, and then broke it. Police later found Twohatchet and after placing her in handcuffs she allegedly kicked an officer in the face. Twohatchet is charged with felonies of robbery and assault on a police officer and misdemeanors of public intoxication and malicious injury to property. Her bond was set at $22,000. She's facing four years to life in prison if convicted.


Speaker Named for USAO Graduation Ceremony

Graduation time is nearing for seniors at USAO. Commencement for the 2024 graduating class will be this weekend. Guest speaker is Cliff Hudson, former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Sonic Corporation. Hudson spent nearly 35 with Sonic where he also spent time as general counsel, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. He holds degrees from OU and the Georgetown University Law Center. He is the recipient of a number of honors from OU including the Regents Award and an honorary doctorate's degree. The ceremony is scheduled to be outdoors on the USAO Oval at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning weather permitting.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.85 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.29.

Natural gas is $1.79 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,295 and silver is $27.00.



Gloria Prince

Funeral service for Gloria Prince, 79, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 25th at Ferguson Funeral Home. She was the widow of the late Doug Prince, a former Grady County commissioner.

Darryle Phillips

No service is scheduled for Darryle Phillips, 78, formerly of Chickasha. She was a nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital for several years. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.




Monday, April 22nd


Water Line Project Closes Chickasha Street

Starting this morning, First Street in Chickasha will be closed between Alabama and Missouri Avenues for a couple weeks of while crews finish a water line project they've been working on over the last month. Motorists will have to use Second Street or Sheppard Street to go north or south however city officials say all the cross streets should remain open. The improvements are being funded in part by a Community Development Block Grant.


Economic Development Officials Revise Strategy

Economic development has a lot of meanings and for many it means job creation. Chickasha Economic Development President Jim Cowan said the effort used to be trying to attract large manufacturing companies but the focus has changed to find smaller companies and to help existing businesses. However he said the effort is still there to try to entice the larger companies to locate to the area.





Cowan is expecting some activity this summer but was not at liberty to elaborate.


Chix Fire Department Looks to Add to Staff

The Chickasha Fire Department is currently accepting applications for new candidates. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego says they are looking to fill two or three positions and are encouraging men and women to apply.




After hiring there will be an in-house six-to-eight week academy. The application period runs through the first of May.


Chickasha Clean-up Days Scheduled

City officials have announced dates for the community-wide spring clean-up campaign. It will be held Wednesday, May 15th through Saturday, May 18th. Residents will be able to take trash and unwanted items to the public works headquarters on North Genevieve for free. Residents will have to show proof of residency with a utility bill, or stop by city hall to request a dump ticket. Hours of operation will be Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Items that will not be accepted include tires, batteries, oil, paint, liquids, pesticides, Freon, or hazardous materials.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.14 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.11.

Natural gas is $1.75 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,374 and silver is $28.17.



Dixie Cobb

Funeral service for Dixie Cobb, 94, of Chickasha was held at 11:00 a.m. this morning (Monday, April 22nd) at College Heights Baptist Church. She helped to start Sooner Horse Trailers in Duncan.  Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

David Cowan, Jr.

Funeral service for David Cowan, Jr., 84, of Verden was held at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon (Monday, April 22nd at McRay Funeral Home. He was a special education teacher, served as the director of the Oklahoma Regional Education Service Center, and was an adjunct professor at USAO.

Toni Caicco

A graveside service for Toni Caicco, 76, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 23rd at Fairlawn Cemetery. She was born in Chickasha, lived in Dibble, and worked for the unemployment office. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.



2024, April 15th-20th

Saturday, April 20th


Attorney General Wants 'Confidential' Info Supplied by Energy Firms

Related to Winter Storm Uri Lawsuits to be Open to Public View

Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond wants a judge to determine if confidential records used as the foundation for his 'market manipulation' lawsuits against two energy companies have to remain out of the public's eye during any trial that may be held. Drummond filed lawsuits against two Texas companies after energy prices skyrocketed during Winter Storm Uri three years ago. The suit claims the companies gained illegal profits from the high natural gas prices. The website OK Energy Today reports that Drummond wants the judge to allow information provided by the firms to be made public, even though they claim information in those reports are confidential. Drummond says information in those reports form the actual basis of allegations being made by the state and that the public deserves to see them.


City of Chickasha to Resume Water Line Project Next Week

Next week, crews for the City of Chickasha will continue working on a water line improvement project that will leave some residents without water occasionally. Starting Monday, First Street will be closed between Alabama and Missouri Avenues for about two weeks to finalize the project being partially funded by a federal Community Development Block Grant. While First Street will be closed the cross streets are expected to be open. A post on the City of Chickasha's Facebook Page says that residents will be notified as soon as possible if there will be any water interruptions.


Bailey Turnpike Speed Now 80 mph Between Newcastle and Lawton

It's now clear sailing for motorists on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike to drive 80 miles per hour between Lawton and Newcastle. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) made the move this week. The speed limit had already been increased to 80 mph between Chickasha and Newcastle about four years ago. OTA officials urge motorists to slow down when conditions make it dangerous to drive that fast such as bad weather, smoke, or other hazardous driving conditions.


Talk Show Topic

Lewis Knisely with the Chickasha YMCA is on the KOOL Konversation to discuss summer youth camp for the Y; the annual Open Streets event downtown. Find a podcast of the program under the Community tab on this website.



Dixie Cobb

Funeral service for Dixie Cobb, 94, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday April 22nd at College Heights Baptist Church. She helped to start Sooner Horse Trailer Company in Duncan. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.

David Cowan, Jr.

Funeral service for David Cowan, Jr, 84, of Verden will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 22nd at McRay Funeral Home. He was a special education teacher and served as the director of the Oklahoma Regional Education Service Center, and was an adjunct professor at USAO.

Toni Caicco

A graveside service for Toni Caicco, 76, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 23rd at Fairlawn Cemetery. She was born in Chickasha, lived in Dibble and worked for the unemployment office for many years. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.




Friday, April 19th


Three Left Homeless After Fire

Three people were able to escape a house fire without injury yesterday. Chickasha fire and police were dispatched to the 200 block of Ada Sipuel Avenue just before noon. Flames were shooting out of the roof of the one-story, wood-frame home when firefighters arrived. Gusty winds threatened to spread the fire to nearby homes and a diner however crews were able to quickly douse the flames. One of the residents suffered smoke inhalation but did not have to go to the hospital. Fire Chief Tony Samaniego said an electrical short in a bedroom was to blame. Estimated damage was $40,000.


State Marks Anniversary of Murrah Building Bombing

Today is the 29th anniversary of the federal building bombing in Oklahoma City. It occurred about 9 o'clock the morning of April 19th, 1995. 168 people lost their lives and more than 500 were injured. One of the victims was Peggy Clark-Spencer of Chickasha. She was a veterinarian for the United States Department of Agriculture and her office was on the fifth floor of the Murrah Building. A few years ago her mother, Mary Spurlin wrote about that fateful day. She said Peggy was supposed go to Stillwater to speak at Oklahoma State University. The family spent several agonizing days waiting for any word about Peggy. Spurlin said she was one of the last victims located. 10 days later, April 29th was when the family was notified they had found her and that officials recovered her purse and wedding rings. A ceremony to commemorate the lives lost will be held in Oklahoma City this morning. There will be 168 seconds of silence to honor the lives of those who died. Following the ceremony there will be free admission to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.


Arrest Warrant Issued in Alleged Blackmail Scheme

Caddo County authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a man wanted for blackmail. Anadarko police requested the warrant for 22-year old Jayme Hall. It's alleged that Hall obtained hundreds of dollars from a woman by threatening to post sexually-explicit photographs of her on-line. KSWO-TV cites court documents saying that despite the victim paying him an undetermined amount of money he kept harassing her for more. The blackmail charge carries a maximum of five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines if he's arrested and ultimately convicted.


Letter Carriers Prepare For Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

We are just a few weeks away from what may be the largest annual national food drive in the country. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive put on by the National Association of Letter Carriers will be Saturday, May 11th. Local letter carriers throughout central and western Oklahoma will take part, asking patrons to place some non-perishable food items next to their mail boxes that day. All the food donated will go to local food pantries. Prior to that day postal patrons will get a post card to let them know about the food drive and a few days beforehand patrons will receive a plastic bag they can use.


Chix Schools to Hold Enrollment for New Pre-K Students

Chickasha Public Schools are already getting ready for next school year. The district will have enrollment for new Pre-Kindergarten students Monday, April 22nd. Enrollment will be at the high school activity center from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Children must be four years old on or before September 1st. Kids must be up-to-date on their vaccinations; parents will need to provide proof of residency like a utility bill; and have the child's Social Security number. Parents can also enroll the kids on-line on the school district's website:


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.73 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.11.

Natural gas is $1.75 per million BTUs

Gold is $2.395 and silver is $28.65.




Thursday, April 18th


Tougher Domestic Violence Punishments Proposed

State lawmakers have passed a bill designed to increase penalties and fines for individuals convicted of some domestic assault crimes. SB 1211 would increase prison time for those convicted of strangulation or attempted strangulation to as much as ten years behind bars. Currently the maximum sentence for such a conviction is just three years in prison. The legislation also calls for a fine of up to $20,000 for first-time offenders. The bill was created after Oklahoma's Domestic Violence Review Board found that more than 100 victims of domestic violence died of their injuries in 2022. It was the fourth straight year for that to happen. State Rep. John George (R-Newalla) says the bill recognizes the gravity of domestic violence and ensures perpetrators are adequately punished. State Sen. Kristen Thompsen (R-Edmond) said it is imperative that the state hold violent offenders accountable while also providing protection for victims who are at risk of further harm from their attackers.


Rattlesnake Festival Slithers Back to Apache

The annual Apache Rattlesnake Festival is underway. This is the 40th year for the event which features a large flea market, a carnival, live entertainment, and an opportunity for individuals to go on guided snake hunts in the nearby Slick Hills. There are also educational sessions about rattlers and even a snake pit where professional snake handlers walk among venomous and non-venomous snakes. There is also a unique butcher shop and visitors can try a taste of deep-fried rattlesnake. See a schedule of events on the Apache Rattlesnake Festival Facebook page.


New Director Sought for Chix Festival of Light

Chickasha's Festival of Light is in search of a new director. Previous director Logan Lassley stepped down last week after serving two years at the post. He has returned to his hometown of Duncan to direct the United Way campaign.


Sewer Line Installation Underway in Anadarko

City crews in Anadarko are working to replace a more than 200-foot section of a sewer line. A post on the City of Anadarko's Facebook page says it’s on Northwest 4th Street between Main and Market Streets. Officials say water and sewer service should not be affected and that the project should be completed tomorrow.


Creating Art Work Has Health Benefits

Artisans have a special talent to create drawings and paintings which amaze those of us who don't have that ability. There are some health benefits to painting. Ellen Williamson, a member of Grady County's Rock Island 4H Club says-





She says it also improves eye-hand coordination which enhances motor skills, promotes optimism, and improves your patience.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.69 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.29.

Natural gas is $1.71 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,394 and silver is $28.52.



Jason Stamper

Funeral service for Jason Stamper, 52, of Cement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 19th in the Cement High School Auditorium. He was a long-time volunteer firefighter, worked in the oilfield, and with his dad laying carpet. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Tasha Dawn Williams

Funeral service for Tasha Dawn Williams will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 19th at Breakout Ministries in Chickasha. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.

Joe Tannehill

A memorial service for Joe Tannehill, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 19th at Ferguson Funeral Home.  He worked for Jackson Horse Trailers, Walmart, and was a property manager.




Wednesday, April 17th


Wanted Man Arrested After Traffic Stop;

Officers Find Evidence for Additional Charges

A simple traffic stop by Tuttle police this week led to the arrest of a man who had an outstanding warrant. Tuttle police pulled over a motorist early Monday morning and were notified that a warrant had been recently issued for the driver who was wanted for felony assault and battery by strangulation. Authorities arrested 38-year old Thomas Joseph Goodwin of Tuttle for the domestic violence charge - and then discovered that he had drugs in his possession. Court documents indicate that an estimated 20 grams of methamphetamine and other narcotics were found. Goodwin is now facing a total of three felony charges. During his arraignment a judge set bond at $20,000 for the domestic violence charge and an additional $20,000 for two drug charges. Goodwin remains in the Grady County Jail at this time. A preliminary hearing conference is set for next week. Goodwin is facing maximum penalties of 25 years in prison and more than a quarter-million dollars in fines if convicted.


Multi-Million Dollar Upgrades OK'd for Bailey Turnpike

Some upgrades on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike are expected to get underway later this year. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) recently approved several of projects totaling more than $18 million. The Southwest Ledger reports that T.J. Campbell Construction was awarded a bid of more than $8 1/2 million to rebuild shoulders and replace guardrails between Chickasha and Newcastle. Officials say the bid was more than 16 percent below the engineer's estimate. Also approved was an $8.9 million bid from the Haskell Lemon Group to do the same work between Fletcher and Elgin. That bid was more than 23 percent below the estimated cost. Also approved was a nearly $400,000 bid from MTS Brush Hogging for mowing and trimming along the interstate which is an estimated cost of $28 per acre. The OTA also approved the purchase of 20 fully-equipped pursuit vehicles for the highway patrol.


DA to Host Event for Victims' Rights Week

Next week, April 21st through 27th is National Crime Victims' Awareness Week. District Attorney Jason Hicks will be holding a victims' rights program on Monday. Hicks and others will be among the speakers for the event which will be held on the Chickasha campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center. It will start at 11:00 a.m. and last about an hour. The program is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.


Chix Arts Council Schedules Family Night

The Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC) will be hold a family fun night at the end of the month. There will be games, sidewalk chalk drawing, rock painting, canvas painting, and a downtown scavenger hunt. The event will be Saturday, April 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the CAAC headquarters at 521 Chickasha Avenue. Cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family. CAAC is a non-profit organization. For information contact Angela 405-892-3051.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.36 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.10.

Natural gas is $1.73 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,405 and silver is $28.56.




Tuesday, April 16th


New Chix Mayor, Councilors Take Oaths of Office

A new mayor and three new council representatives took their seats on the Chickasha City Council last night. New Chickasha Mayor Zach Grayson presided over his first city council meeting after being officially sworn in as mayor. Grayson had chaired several meetings over the last few years while serving as vice-mayor. New councilors also being sworn in were Charlie Burruss, John Smith, and Erica Alexander who were attending their first meetings after being sworn in.

New housing development approved

After a short public hearing the council approved the preliminary and final plat of a residential development west of Shannon Springs Park. The development will be in five lots along 13th Street and will be for five-single family homes. This is the second phase of the development for applicant Elliott Cousins, LLC.

Mineral rights lease OK'd

The council also approved an oil and gas lease with Camino Natural Resources for about 3 acres of land along the Chicago, Rock Island Railroad right-of-way. Camino was the only bidder for the mineral rights during a public auction held during the April 1st council meeting. The bid was for $1,000 per acre and a 3/16th royalty.

Longtime airport employee retires

The council also congratulated Clint Ferguson for his long service to the city at the Chickasha Airport as he was presented with a retirement watch.


Apprenticeship 'Summit' set Tomorrow

Several state agencies are combing efforts to help business and industry create apprenticeships to train new employees. The state commerce department, Oklahoma Works, and the South Central Workforce Board will host an apprenticeship summit to provide information. The summit is being held to bridge the workforce skills gap that many companies are facing in trying to find qualified employees. The summit is for businesses, community leaders, and economic development and workforce development professionals. There is no cost for the program which will be held from 100 p.m.-3:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon on the Chickasha campus of Canadian Valley Technology Center. For information and to register contact Erin Glass by e-mail:


Armed Robbery Suspect Formally Charged

Now a follow-up to a story we had over the weekend regarding the arrest of a suspect accused of the armed robbery of a rural Caddo County store. Cole Parker Green was formally charged in connection with the alleged crime yesterday. The 22-year old Hydro man was the subject of an hours-long manhunt last Friday. A probable cause affidavit states that a clerk at the Cobb Creek Store on SH 152 north of Carnegie called 9-1-1 just after 11 o'clock Friday morning. She said the man was wearing a clown mask and smoking a cigar. She gave authorities a description of the suspect and the pickup he was driving. Caddo County authorities called in assistance from the highway patrol and other law enforcement agencies. Investigators managed to use information from the tag number to trace the truck to Green, and they were also able to obtain his cell phone number. Authorities were able to ping the phone which led them to Green in the Hydro-Weatherford area where he was taken into custody. During questioning, Green said that he made a bad choice and the he had to pay some people off. Green has been charged with a felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and a judge set his bond at $100,000.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.41 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.10.

Natural gas is $1.69 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,373 and silver is $28.46.



John 'Jack' Beaver

A memorial service for Jack Beaver, 21, of Edmond will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 20th at Special Care in Oklahoma City. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Care.

Judith Seward

A memorial service for Judith Seward, 80, of Tuttle will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 20th at the Tuttle Primitive Baptist Church. She worked for UPS, the Veterans Administration Hospital, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Arrangements are also with Ferguson Funeral Home.




Monday, April 15th


New Chix Mayor, Council Reps to be Sworn In

A new mayor and three new city council members will be taking their oaths of office for the Chickasha City Council tonight. Zack Grayson, who ran un-opposed for mayor, will be sworn in. Current Mayor Chris Mosley who spent six years leading the city will open the meeting prior to the formal swearing-in ceremony. New council representatives to be sworn in will be Charlie Burrus in Ward 2, Erica Alexander in Ward 3, and John Smith in Ward 4. Also to be sworn in to serve her second term will be Ward 1 councilwoman Kia Ginn. Prior to the meeting will be a reception for the out-going council members including Mayor Mosley, Ward 2 Councilman Rick Croslin, and Ward 3 Councilman Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander. The reception will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Public hearing set for duplex project

The council will hold a public hearing to discuss the preliminary and final plat of an area near Shannon Springs Park for the construction of some duplexes. The applicant is Elliott Cousins, LLC who wants to build the duplexes on 12th Street north of Arizona Avenue west of the park.

Oil and gas lease up for discussion

The panel is also expected to award an oil and gas lease to Camino Natural Resources for about three acres of land along the Chicago-Rock Island Railroad right-of-way.

Special account to be established for Dedicated Sales Tax

Also to be considered is a resolution to open a new bank account for the 2024 dedicated sales tax.

Rail group asks for city's help to oppose proposed federal regulation

The group will also consider a letter of support for a group called GoRail which works with railroad lines in Oklahoma. The group is opposing a proposed federal regulation that would phase out thousands of locomotives beginning in 2030 in favor of 'zero emission' locomotives even though officials say the required technology is not commercially viable. Officials say the regulation would negatively impact interstate commerce, the supply chain, and have downstream impacts on communities and businesses in Oklahoma. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at City Hall.


Two Injured in Motorcycle Crash

Chickasha police continue to investigate a motorcycle accident that sent two people to the hospital over the weekend. The accident happened about 10:30 p.m. Saturday near the Chickasha sports complex. Police say the motorcycle left the roadway and both the driver and passenger were thrown off the bike. The driver was identified as 44-year old Eric Hyatt and the passenger identified as 41-year old Mica Hyatt. Both were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where they were treated and released.


Three Hurt in Blanchard Collision

Three people including a teenager were taken to regional hospitals after a crash between a pickup and a car last night. The accident happened about a half-mile west of Blanchard at CS 2970 and CR 1324 just before 9:30 p.m. The highway patrol reports that a pickup was backing out onto the road when it was broadsided by a car driven by the teenager. In the pickup were the driver, 35-year old Ashley Steelman - and a passenger, 36-year old David Steelman - both of Blanchard. They were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released. The unidentified 16-year old boy driving the car also of Blanchard was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was treated and released.


Grady County Ag Producers Meet Tomorrow

Grady County agriculture producers will be meeting tomorrow morning. Justin Lewis is the guest speaker and will be talking about futures, options, and Livestock Risk Protection (LRP).  The meeting will be held at the Grady County OSU Extension Office starting at 7:00 a.m.


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.66 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.45.

Natural gas is $1.77 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,351 and silver is $28.41.



Anna Belle Hair

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



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Saturday, April 13th


Perry Ramsey, Carey DeHart are Top Honorees

at Chix Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

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


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


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


Caddo County Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

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


Semi Driver Hospitalized After Truck Overturns

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


Talk Show Topic

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



Anna Belle Hair

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

Ethan Crista

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




Friday, April 12th


State Testing Begins Soon for Public School Students

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


USAO, Redlands Work to Prepare Students

for Employment in High-Demand Occupations

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


Chickasha Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Tonight

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


Research Station Schedules Wheat, Forage Field Day

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.02 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $89.74.

Natural gas is $1.76 per million BTUs.

Gold is $2,415 and silver is $29.25



Johnny ‘Randy’ Dorman

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




Thursday, April 11th


First Responder Conference to Honor Former Chix Fire Chief

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


Reception Set to Honor Out-Going Chix City Council Members

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


Lincoln Elementary Security Project Completed

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


Music Therapy Treatment Available

for Native American Alzheimer's Patients

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





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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.21 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.48.

Natural gas is $1.89 per million BTUs.

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



Maxine Dyer

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

Nadean Troup

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

Willie Ray Dickson

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

Sue Carter

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




Wednesday, April 10th


Mixed News for Consumer Spending in Grady County

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

Chickasha numbers

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


Suspect Faces Numerous Forgery Charges

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


National Guard Troops Honored at State Capital

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


State Veterans Affairs Director Steps Down

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


Grady County Cattle Producers Set Annual Meeting

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.24 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $89.42.

Natural gas is $1.87 per million BTUs.

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




Tuesday, April 9th


Teen Enters Blind Plea to Child Porn Charges

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


Chickasha Neighborhood without Water Today

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


State Rep 'Honored' to Continue Serving

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


Wrecking Ball Film Fest Returns

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


Groups Combine Efforts to Give Away Free Trees

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.43 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.38.

Natural gas is $1.84 per million BTUs.

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



Lucy Ladwig

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




Monday, April 8th


Summer School Sessions Proposed for Chickasha Students

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

Some parking lot improvements suggested

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


Water Service Out Tomorrow for Part of Chickasha

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


Companies Urged to Begin Apprenticeship Programs

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




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


City of Anadarko Begins Clean-up Campaign

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


Friends of the Library Cancel Spring Book Sale

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $86.91 per barrel.

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

Natural gas is $1.78 per million BTUs.

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



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Saturday, April 6th


Trio Inducted into Chix Schools Hall of Honor

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


Nine Candidates File for Grady County Offices

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

Caddo County

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

State Capital Filings

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


Motorcyclist Injured Avoiding Animals

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


Grass Fire Shuts Down Turnpike

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


Traveling Art Exhibit Opens at Jacobson House Native Art Center

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


Talk Show Topic

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




Friday, April 5th


More Candidates File for Grady County Government Offices

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

Caddo County

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


Chix Public School Foundation Annual Event is Tonight

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


Solar Eclipse Anticipation Grows

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




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


Youth Rodeo Associations Compete in Chix

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.92.

Natural gas is $1.86 per million BTUs.

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




Thursday, April 4th


'Pinged' Stolen Truck Leads to Drug Suspect Arrests

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


Races Form in First Day of Filing for County Offices

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

Caddo County

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


Chickasha Police to Offer Citizens Academy

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


USAO Hosts Spring Triad; Including Chalk Art, Droverstock

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.43 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.92.

Natural gas is $1.84 per million BTUs.

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



Douglas Unruh

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

Sundra Lee Brookshire

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




Wednesday, April 3rd


Chickasha City Council Election Results

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

School Board Elections

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

Cement School Bond Issue Passes

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


Filing Period Opens for County, State Offices

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

State offices

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


Oil Site Crew Helps Nap Suspected Thief

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.15 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $88.92.

Natural gas is $1.86 per million BTUs.

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



Gary Gwatney

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

Darrell Hickman

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

Vern Wilkerson

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




Tuesday, April 2nd


Chix Council OKs Flood Prevention Project

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





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

Police Chief Gives Annual Report

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





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


Some Municipal and School Elections are Today

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.71 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.42.

Natural gas is $1.83 per million BTUs.

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



R.L. Fikes

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




Monday, April 1st


Chix City Council to Consider Flood Prevention Project

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

Payments recommended for sewer line projects

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

Airport projects also to be reviewed

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

Other topics

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


Grant to Help USAO with STEM Programs

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


Deputies Help Retrieve Pet Snake

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


Dan Stein to Address Grady County Agriculture Producers

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.17 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.48.

Natural gas is $1.76 per million BTUs.

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



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Saturday, March 30th


Suspect in Custody After Alleged Hammer Attack

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


Oklahoma  Among Nation's Top Renewable Energy Producers

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


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

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


Talk Show Topic

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




Friday, March 29th


State Panel Extends Application Deadline 

for Some Drought-Related Cost-Share Projects

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


More Oklahoma Projects Approved for Federal Funding

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





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


Refuge Planning Another Prescribed Burn

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


PSO Earns EPA Award

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $83.17 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $87.48.

Natural gas is $1.76 per million BTUs.

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



David Terry

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




Thursday, March 28th


Former Chix Resident Dies in Fatal Lawton Shooting

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


Suspected Speeder Arrested After Pursuit Tops 100 MPH

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


In-Person, Absentee Voting Underway 

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


Chix Couple Preparing to Walk to Stillwater Again

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


4Hers to Finally Get Excused Absences from Schools

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.35 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.09.

Natural gas is $1.71 per million BTUs.

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



Evan Jackson

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




Wednesday, March 27th


Child Sex Crimes Suspect In Custody

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


Former Jail Inmate Sought for Alleged Assault on Officer

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


Women Accused of Neglecting Nursing Home Resident Charged

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


Bill Would Ban Capital Punishment of Special Needs Students

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





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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.62 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.26.

Natural gas is $1.57 per million BTUs.

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



Opal Capshew

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




Tuesday, March 26th


Part of Chickasha to be Without Water Today

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


Federal Funds to Help Minimize Flooding in Chix

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




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


USAO Seeks Federal Grant for Pedestrian Bridge

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

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

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


Regional Prescribed Burn Association Meets Tonight

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $81.95 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $86.75.

Natural gas is $1.61 per million BTUs.

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




Monday, March 25th


Body Found in Vehicle Submerged in Anadarko

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


'Wanted' Former Nursing Home Workers Arrested

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


Oklahoma Congressman Schedules Chickasha Visit

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


LIHEAP Program Now Accepting Applications

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

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


Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $80.63 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $85.43.

Natural gas is $1.66 per million BTUs.

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





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