County Commissioners Approve Financing Package

County Commissioners Approve Financing Package Chickasha, Okla. – The Grady County Commissioners reviewed Grady Memorial Hospital’s plans for financing new construction. With unanimous approval, the County Commissioners have given GMH the green light for financing the new Surgery and Radiology addition voted in favor by Grady County citizens in February 2016. CEO, Kean Spellman stated, “Thanks to the approval by the County Commissioners, Rees Architects can submit the new building plans to the State on April 29th for approval and CMS Willowbrook will begin to seek bids on this construction project. We will start site preparation as quickly as possible and our patients will see the beginning signs of construction soon. There will be times when certain parking areas are blocked off, but we will make every effort possible to reroute our patrons as needed.” The sales tax that voters approved is scheduled to begin collection on June 1st and the first funds for construction will be sent to County in early September 2016. Delays are possible if the State Health Department officials do not respond timely to plans. For the latest updates on construction, visit Grady Memorial Hospital online at Board Member Denver Talley, County Commissioner Mike Lennier, and Board Member Calvin Woodworth review blue prints for the GMH new facility construction.

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 2:03 PM


Double Fatality accident

Double Fatality Collision occurred 04-27-2016 at approximately 05:10 on US81, 1/10th mile north of at CR 1230, 3.8 miles south of Minco, in Grady County.

Unit A- Unknown

Unit B- Unknown Semi

Vehicle-1: 2006 Ford Focus driven by Casey W Turner, white male, age 33 of Yukon, Oklahoma. Transported by Alpha and Omega to Medical Examiner's office in Oklahoma City. Expired at the scene from massive injuries sustained in the collision. Pronounced by Medical Examiner Jim Delbridge.

Passenger-1: Anna L Steele, white female, age 33, of Yukon, Oklahoma. Transported by Alpha and Omega to Medical Examiner's office in Oklahoma City. Expired at the scene from massive injuries sustained in the collision. Pronounced by Medical Examiner Jim Delbridge.

Vehicle-2: 2013 Chev PU driven by Samuel T Marchbanks, white male, age 57, of Chickasha, Oklahoma , Transported by Chickasha EMS to Grady County Memorial Hospital. Treated and released with leg injuries.

What happened: Vehicle 1 was southbound on US81. Unit A, Unit B, and Vehicle 2 were northbound on US81. Unit A attempted to pass Unit B semi truck, entering southbound lane. Vehicle 1 took evasive action to the right, over corrected causing vehicle 1 to go into a broadside slide and enter the northbound lane. Vehicle 2 struck vehicle 1 in the passenger side door.

Condition of Driver 1- Unknown Condition of Driver 2- Apparently normal Cause of Collision- Improper passing in meeting Seatbelts- Equipped, in use by passenger of unit 1 and driver of vehicle 2 only Weather- Foggy Roadway- 2 lane asphalt, wet Pinned- none Ejected- none Helmet- N/A DOT Number- N/A

Investigated by Trooper Brent Tucker #775 of the Caddo County detachment of Troop G. Assisted by Trooper Michael Jewell #534 of Troop G, Trooper Tyler Shelby #619 of Troop G, Trooper Tom Barton #861 of Troop A, Grady County Sheriff's Office, Grady Co Fire Department, Chickasha Fire Department, and DOT.

“This report is based upon the Trooper’s investigation of this collision. It may contain the opinion of the Trooper.”

Auth: Trooper Brent Tucker #775 OHP Troop G- Lawton Sgt Kami Hamman

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 1:49 PM

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State Regents Excellence Awards

State Regents recognize institution, business partnerships USAO and HSI Sensing, Hermetic Switch Inc. recognized with business partnership excellence CHICKASHA, Okla. (April 28, 2016) – Twenty-eight business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce. Among those were the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and HSI Sensing, Hermetic Switch Inc. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants. HSI Sensing headquarters are located in Chickasha, with laboratory and manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin and California. Working in conjunction with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and its Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematics program, a member of USAO’s math faculty, Dr. Quan Tran, directed a group of students in analyzing the relative success of several HSI Sensing marketing campaigns that resulted in ranking best value outcomes and return on investment options. The students also did a simultaneous study for DEKA Research and Development located in Manchester, New Hampshire, to verify the company’s own study to determine the volume of a tumor given tomographic data of the region surrounding the tumor. In addition to reporting their findings to both companies, the student researchers also presented the results of their work at the MAA’s MathFest Conference in Washington, D.C., in August 2015. "The partnership with HSI Sensing allows our university to provide innovative, interactive learning experiences for our students that align with our interdisciplinary core curriculum," said USAO President John Feaver. “USAO’s collaboration with the business community links academic programs directly to employment needs, building a better workforce for the future." Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships that enable current students to work at the partnering businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers. To learn more about educational opportunities at USAO, please visit

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 8:34 AM

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Some Limitations on Saltwater Disposal Wells Are Not Onerous,

Some Limitations on Saltwater Disposal Wells Are Not Onerous, Legislator Contends; Alternative Technology Being Examined OKLAHOMA CITY – As earthquakes rattled buildings and nerves in the Oklahoma City metro area Tuesday amid severe weather warnings, state Rep. Richard Morrissette noted the lingering effects of oilfield wastewater injected into subterranean disposal wells. A magnitude 4.0 temblor was reported near Harrah at 10:44 a.m. Tuesday, and three hours later, at 1:46 p.m., a magnitude-3.7 tremor was recorded north of Luther. “This activity reinforces the contention that so much saltwater associated with oil and gas exploration has been pumped underground in this state that we’ll probably experience seismic activity for years to come, if not decades,” Morrissette said Wednesday. Numerous scientific studies have linked the dramatic increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma to the volume of “fossil” water from oil and gas production injected into thousands of disposal wells. Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, said he has no desire to halt all oil and gas activity in this state. “That would be economic suicide and utterly unnecessary,” he acknowledged. However, he said, reducing the volumes, pressures and/or depths of more than 640 disposal wells in the Arbuckle formation in a dozen seismically active counties in this state, or shutting down some of the problem wells entirely, is smart public policy. Oklahoma has approximately 4,500 Class II wastewater disposal wells, of which about 3,200 are operational in any given year, according to commission spokesman Matt Skinner. “Limiting operations at one-fifth of the disposal wells in this state wouldn’t impose an unbearable hardship on the oil and gas industry,” Morrissette said. “We observe speed limits on our highways; for example, we don’t let drivers zip along at 100 miles per hour on our turnpikes. We have a law against texting while driving. So why shouldn’t we impose some limits on the oil and gas industry when we have scientific evidence that under certain conditions, disposal wells can and do trigger earthquakes?” Over the last five years, approximately 205 billion gallons of wastewater have been injected into disposal wells in Oklahoma, primarily in the central, north-central and western sectors of the state. That volume is equivalent to two and a half Sardis reservoirs, two Fort Gibson lakes, three Waurika lakes, or nine Lake Hefners, Morrissette emphasized. “All of that fluid is lubricating and pressuring subterranean fault lines that crisscross Oklahoma,” the veteran legislator said. The Corporation Commission – which in two separate sections of state statutes (Title 17, Section 52, and Title 52, Section 139) is given “exclusive jurisdiction, power and authority” to regulate the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma – “needs to give homeowners and business owners the same consideration that it accords the oil and gas industry and royalty owners,” Morrissette asserted. “Certainly in recent years, the commission’s actions have been weighted in favor of the latter.” Meanwhile, Morrissette is exploring alternatives to disposal wells. Fairmont Brine Processing, for one, has received a multimillion-dollar loan to construct an oil and gas wastewater treatment facility in Oklahoma. Its distillation system removes contaminants from briny wastewater that is a by-product of oil and gas exploration. The facility boils the brine and produces distilled-quality water and commercial-grade salts that can be used to melt ice on pavement. The company developed a distillation facility in West Virginia. Brian Kalt, general manager of the company, said design work is almost finished on a facility in Oklahoma that could process 2.5 million gallons of wastewater daily. Similarly, an Oklahoma company, Logic Energy Solutions, has developed an evaporation technology that it claims can reduce almost all of the “fossil” wastewater to water vapor and dried salt. Logic’s equipment is designed to evaporate up to 90% of the produced water, which can either escape as vapor or be piped through a condenser and converted into purified water, David Hill, president and chief operating officer of Logic Energy Solutions, said last June. Many of the oil-producing formations in this state generate an average of approximately 10 barrels of produced water for every barrel of crude oil pumped out of the ground, but some parts of the Mississippi Lime formation produce as much as 50 barrels of wastewater per barrel of oil. (One barrel is equal to 42 gallons.) Currently that wastewater must be hauled away in tanker trucks and pumped deep underground into injection wells. “An evaporative system probably isn’t economically feasible at the moment,” Morrissette said Wednesday. Operators charge about 65 cents to $2 per barrel of wastewater injected into a disposal well, while Kalt said his distillation process costs as much as $5 to $7 per barrel. However, Morrissette, continued, “As the technology matures, costs will decline. We have to be prepared to think ‘outside the box’.” The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has multiplied exponentially in recent years. Ÿ For 30 years, 1978-2008, Oklahoma averaged fewer than two magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes per year. Ÿ In 2012 Oklahoma experienced 1,028 earthquakes that included one magnitude 4.0 and about three dozen of magnitude 3.0≥. Ÿ In 2013 the count was 2,849 earthquakes, of which three were of magnitude 4.2–4.5 and 105 were of magnitude 3.0-3.8, Oklahoma Geological Survey records reflect. Ÿ In 2014 the OGS counted 5,413 earthquakes, of which 14 were of magnitude 4≥ and 565 were of magnitude 3.0-3.9. Ÿ In 2015 the OGS recorded 6,117 earthquakes in Oklahoma that included 29 magnitude 4≥ and 877 of magnitude 3.0–3.9. Today, Oklahoma trails only Alaska in its frequency of earthquakes, and is ahead of California.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 11:19 AM

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Royce Jarnagin arrested

Royce Jarnagin has been arrested 04/26/2016 Chickasha, OK- Royce Jarnagin reported to the Grady County jail today at 1130 hours to turn himself in on an outstanding Grady County warrant.

Jarnagin was wanted for his involvement in an incident on 4/19/2016, in which a female was struck numerous times with a roofing tool and a vehicle was vandalized.

The incident was publicized by Crime Stoppers and various news media reports. Thanks to community involvement this case has reached a successful outcome.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 8:38 AM

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Head start early head start accepting applications

It is an exciting time for us at the Washita Valley Community Action Head Start & Early Head Start centers located throughout Grady and Caddo counties. We are accepting applications for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year!

We have Head Start centers, serving children ages 3 and 4, in Chickasha, Anadarko, Lookeba, Apache, Cyril, Minco, Ninnekah, Fort Cobb, and Rush Springs. We also have Early Head Start centers, serving children ages 0-3, located in Chickasha, Anadarko, Fort Cobb, and Carnegie.

We are proud to continue to serve the families and children of Grady and Caddo counties and are ready for another fantastic school year!

I have attached a copy of our enrollment flyer and hope that you may be able to post it on, if possible. We really appreciate the support of our communities that we serve, and appreciate the support that you have shown us in past years. I am confident that seeing our flyer on your website would certainly help us to find families in our service area that are in need of Head Start and Early Head Start services.

Thank you for your time and continued support of the families and children in our communities!

Thank You,

Sara Ellis

Washita Valley Community Action Council

Head Start & Early Head Start

Enrollment Coordinator

(405)224-5831 Ext. 128

P.O. Box 747

Chickasha, OK 73023-0747

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:37 AM


The Basics of Oklahoma's Tax Structure

No one likes paying taxes, but as the saying goes, it is one of the certainties in life (the other being death). This breakdown of the tax structure in Oklahoma should help you understand more about the state budget process. This does not count matching federal dollars and fees collected, and any changes in one area will shift percentages.

Income taxes are the largest source of revenue for state government, bringing in about 36% of state tax receipts. Oklahoma enacted an individual income tax in 1915 and then a corporate income tax in 1931.

Oklahoma has a progressive income tax for individuals and couples based on earnings, in which the tax rate increases from .5% to 5%. The Oklahoma corporate income tax is a flat rate of 6% for all corporations, regardless of earnings.

Oklahoma's sales tax was first enacted in 1933 as a temporary 1% tax for the support of public schools. Two years later, the tax was renewed, with revenues being deposited into the state's General Fund. In 1939, the sales tax rate was increased to two percent with the revenues directed to fund public assistance programs. This rate remained unchanged until the 1980's when the tax rate was gradually doubled from 2% to 4% and directed to the General Revenue Fund. In 1990, the passage of the Education Reform and Revenue Act,” also known as House Bill 1017, increased the rate to the present 4.5%. State sales taxes are now the second largest source of revenue for the state government, accounting for approximately 28% of total state revenue.

Sales taxes can be raised locally and are the primary funding source for municipalities.

The state also levies a gross production tax, which brings in about 12% of the state budget revenue. This takes the form of an excise tax, with the amount based upon the sale price of oil and natural gas. While this was established at 7% up until 2004, the Legislature reduced this to 2% in 2014 for the highest performing years of the wells.

In addition, these are other taxes collected by the state and their collections as a percentage of the budget:

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax 8%

Motor Fuel Excise Tax 6%

Tobacco Tax 4%

Insurance Premium Excise Tax 2%

Alcoholic Beverage Excise Tax 1%

In 1933, the Oklahoma Constitution was amended to prohibit state-level taxation of property, known as ad valorem taxes. The bulk of property taxes in Oklahoma go to schools and county governments, with a small amount allowed for certain municipal uses.

In 2012, Oklahomans approved State Question 766 to ban intangible business taxes. This included patents, inventions, formulas, designs, and trade secrets; licenses, franchises, and contracts; land leases, mineral interests, and insurance policies; custom computer software; and trademarks, trade names and brand names. Elimination of this tax was estimated to be $100 million.

I hope this helps you stay informed. Please engage your legislators so they make the best decisions on where your dollars are spent.

Joe Dorman served House District 65 as a State Representative for 12 years and was the 2014 Democratic nominee for Governor of Oklahoma. He is the currently the Community Outreach Director for True Wireless.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:28 AM

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Chickasha Police Department Activity

4/25/16 0102 hours Burglary in 2nd Degree 1700 block W Alabama 16011857 Officer was dispatched to area in reference to two males breaking into cars. USAO Security was able to make a positive ID on the males and they were arrested for auto burglary. Narcotics were located on and in the suspects vehicles and stolen property was found on one of the suspects. The adult suspect, Devin Bunnell DOB 3/19/1998, was taken to Grady County Jail and the juvenile was turned over to his mother with charges being filed.

4/25/16 0851 hours Domestic A & B w/ Dangerous Weapon 800 block S 10th 16011882 Glenda Crumm DOB 9/12/1960, was arrested for domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

4/25/16 1917 hours Unauthorized Absence 2000 block W Idaho Ave 16011938 Officers arrested three juveniles for unauthorized absence from the Sequoyah House.

12/11/15 1513 hours Warrant Service 400 block W Colorado Ave. 15032107 Roseanna Schoolfield DOB 03/02/1976 was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

4/26/16 0256 hours Warrant Service 300 block S 6th Street 16011975 Officer arrested Darnell Smith Jr. DOB 10/3/1952 for an outstanding Grady County and Caddo County Warrants.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:25 AM

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Digging to China

As have most children, I once undertook to dig to China. I am unsure why China is the anticipated destination of most amateur excavators, but I don’t remember anyone ever setting out to dig their way to Australia. I am certain that most of us who began digging, had never heard of Henry David Thoreau, let alone read his 1854 book “Walden” in which he related the story of a crazy fellow who claimed that he gotten so far in his digging that he heard the rattling of Chinese pots and pans. Likewise, we had not heard of the term “antipodes” which is Greek for “foot to foot.” Two persons standing at antipodes would be closest together at the soles of their feet. Today, American children have online access to an Antipodes Map that allows them to pinpoint their precise destination in the middle of the Indian Ocean, clearly showing that they and Thoreau’s “crazy fellow” were both badly mistaken when they speculated that China would be their destination. Speculation is a dangerous thing. Just ask the Oklahoma legislature. Over the past ten years the legislature has speculated that draconian cuts to taxes on corporations and the wealthy and handing out virtually unlimited tax credits and deductions would create jobs, allow our economy to grow and provide sufficient government revenue to fund education, transportation and social services. Today, critical services like public education, mental health, Medicare, Medicaid, rural hospitals and ambulance services, roads, bridges, fire and law enforcement, jails and other correctional facilities are facing “unprecedented” cuts. Services that protect our children and elderly are being downsized and risk being cut all together. The bottom line is that Oklahoma and Oklahomans who are least able to cope with the loss of services are hurting and no one is to blame except the leaders of our state. There are a number of solutions to our financial situation, but no one is willing to step up for the people of Oklahoma and reverse the decisions that put us in this situation. In fact, there are groups even today who continue to twist the arms of the governor and legislators to make further cuts in the Oklahoma income tax rate. Incredibly, they are listening to these groups who have no regard for the harm being inflicted upon Oklahomans. Legislators and the Governor are proposing to use one-time funds to pay for recurring expenses. It is fiscally irresponsible to incur an expense that will recur year after year but use funds that will not be available in future years. Another “solution” in the Governor’s budget is to borrow $450 Million to spend this year for roads and bridges. That plan to divert money from the current transportation budget for other purposes is nothing but a misguided plan to “borrow ourselves out of debt.” Loans must be repaid and it will take years and years to repay the $450 Million. This bad fiscal policy increases the state’s future debt for several years thus decreasing the amount of revenue available for ongoing expenses. Will Rogers said, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” We are definitely in a hole but the budget plan is to keep digging. If Oklahoma children were able to dig deep enough, they would find themselves about two miles under water in the Indian Ocean. Under water is the same term you would use to describe Oklahoma’s financial situation. Questions and comments are welcome. or 405-557-7401.

Monday, April 25, 2016, 1:51 PM

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Pancake supper

Harold Jackson, owner of the Chickasha McDonald's hosts a pancake supper annually for schools in the area. On Tuesday, April 26th from 5:00 - 7:00 The Chickasha Public School Foundation will partner with McDonald's to serve pancakes to everyone.

All money raised will support the Chickasha Public School Foundation Classroom Closet, which provides school supplies to every student and teacher in our district at no cost.

The dinner comes with McDonald's traditional pancakes and a drink, all served by the Foundation Board members.

Cost is $5.00 and tickets are available at the schools and at the door.

If you have any questions please contact the Foundation at 405-222-6506

Monday, April 25, 2016, 1:49 PM

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