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Tuesday, Jan. 15th
City, Business Leaders Begin Program to Spur Growth
(This story contains a corrrection from the morning news broadcast, regarding the source of the public funds set aside for the program)
The future growth of Chickasha will rely on a combination of public and private investments. So say government and business leaders who are combining efforts in hopes of making that possible. Last month, the Chickasha City Council set aside $1.2 million which will be used to match private investment throughout the city. Applications are made through the Economic Development Council with that panel recommending projects to the city council. The city council will have the final say-so in those projects.The council is expected to consider a couple of recommendations from the Economic Development Council in the near future. For every two dollars of private investment, the city will provide an additional dollar. Former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys was in Chickasha last week to meet with individuals in the Leadership Chickasha program. He said that's how Oklahoma City's highly- successful MAPS program started.
Chickasha officials aren't expecting to grow like Oklahoma City, but are looking to create a unique identity to attract visitors and residents. Correction: Chickasha City Manager John Noblitt says that $1.2 million in matching funds comes from the city's Economic Development Sales Tax fund, a sales tax which expired a couple of years ago.
Dentistry from the Heart Returns Jan. 25th
A Chickasha dentist and his staff will once again offer a day of free dental work to patients. Dentistry from the Heart is a program started by Dr. John Phillips and his 29th Street Dental Care clinic several years ago. This year, the program will be next Friday, Jan. 25th. That's a little earlier than previous years when the service has been offered during February, which is National Dental Health Month. Phillips brings in oral surgeons, additional dental hygienists, and dental students to help serve more than 200 patients. They can choose from having a tooth pulled, a filling, or to have their teeth cleaned. The services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and many patients camp out overnight. Since Phillips started this program, more than 3,000 patients have received more than $2.5 million in free dental care.
Pedestrian Dies in Caddo County Accident
A pedestrian has died after being hit by a pick-up in Caddo County. 36-year old Teresa Dawn Prentiss of Anadarko died in the accident that happened last night. The highway patrol reports that Prentiss was one of two people walking along a county road about 6:15 p.m. The other pedestrian, 53-year old Jenna Lee Thrash, also of Anadarko, was not injured. Troopers say the pick-up was driven by 66-year old Albert Ingram of Apache. The accident happened about 4 1/2 miles west of Anadarko on CS 2600 just north of U.S. Highway 62. The OHP report states that both women were wearing dark clothing and Ingram did not see them.
Woman Sentenced after Manslaughter Plea
A woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of a Caddo County man is sentenced to a lengthy prison term. A judge has sentenced 26-year old Jordan Victoria Walking Eagle to 15 years behind bars and she was also ordered to undergo drug and alcohol treatment. Walking Eagle was the driver of a car involved in a Comanche County crash that resulted in the death of a passenger in her vehicle, 23-year old John Poolah, Jr. of Carnegie. The accident occurred in July of 2017.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX was down to $50.51 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude drops to $58.99.
Natural gas jumps to $3.60 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,289 and silver is $15.61.
Monday, Jan. 14th
Oklahoma's New Governor to Take Office
It's a big day at the state capital, as Kevin Stitt will take his oath of office to be Oklahoma's 28th governor. Several other newly-elected officials will also take office, including Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell. Chickasha State Representative David Perryman is looking forward to working with the new leadership. Perryman said Stitt reached out to him last month, and said Stitt indicated he wants to see improvements in all areas of the state.
The two are in opposite political parties. Stitt is a Republican and Perryman is a Democrat. Perryman is also the minority floor leader in the State House of Representatives. After today's swearing-in ceremony, with the inauguration ball tonight. The next legislative session starts February 4th.
Other Newly-Elected Officials Also Start Today
Other newly elected state officials to take office today include Leslie Osborn as labor commissioner. The former state lawmaker whose District 37 included part of Grady County is serving her first state-wide post. Other first-time state officials will be Cindy Byrd as state auditor and Glen Mulready as insurance commissioner. Randy McDaniel had already been sworn in as the new state treasurer.
Industrial Group Challenges PSO Rate Hike Request
A rate hike proposal from Public Service Company of Oklahoma has some opposition. PSO is seeking an $88 million increase, mainly for industrial customers. A group called Oklahoma Industrial Energy Consumers says the request is excessive. They say PSO's rates should be reduced. The website www.okenergytoday.com cites a news release from the group which states testimony has been filed with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission that shows the proposed increase is not justified or appropriate. The release also states that the rate hike request is PSO’s third over the last three years. The consumers group says PSO should be instructed to control its costs and spending as private sector business and industry are required to.
City of Chickasha Ward Meetings Begin Tuesday
In order to get more input from residents, Chickasha city leaders are scheduling Ward meetings over the next few months. Residents can meet their city council representatives, Mayor Chris Mosley and city manager John Noblitt. The first of these Ward meetings will be tomorrow night. It’s for Ward One residents, with councilman David Sikes expected to be on hand. Sikes is currently the only Ward One councilman, as Mark Keeling stepped down from his post last week. Tomorrow night's meeting will be at city hall, starting at 6:30 p.m. Other ward meetings will be scheduled in the coming weeks.
Chix City Hall Offers Help to Furloughed Federal Workers
The city of Chickasha is offering some relief to local residents who are federal employees affected by the government shutdown. The city will defer utility payments until those employees return to work. Affected workers can visit the utility billing department at city hall and show their federal employee identification or other employment verification. Information is also available on the city's Facebook page and Twitter.
Chickasha Schools Survey Asks for Input
Chickasha school officials want to know what patrons think need to be done within the district. An on-line survey asks for input on issues such as closing the achievement gap; raising ACT scores; how administrators can support teachers; repairs and equipment needs; and defining student success. The website is www.chickasha.k12.ok.us or copies are available at all school buildings. The survey ends January 25th
Grady County Fair Board Members File Unopposed
No elections will be needed for the Grady County Fair Board this year. All three incumbents filed un-opposed for their seats and will serve three year-terms. They are Elisa Basford in the northern district; Jerry Arthur in the central district; and Barbara Pfenning in the southern district. The fair board is a nine-member panel that oversees operations at the county fairgrounds. Other northern district members are Betty Jones and Beth Norvell; other central district members are Steve Standridge and Ben Janssen; other southern district members are Eddie Rathbun and Rod Schenk. The fair board meets monthly.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $51.59 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $60.48.
Natural gas is $3.01 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,295 and silver is $15.64.