Human Trafficking Public Awareness Seminar set

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) is having a Human Trafficking Public Awareness Seminar at the Canadian Valley Vo-Tech, Building 200 on Monday, Dec. 1st. Please pass this along and post were you can. This is open to the public and are trying to educate residents on this important subject.

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Lt. Governor Lamb completes 77 county tour

Lt. Governor Todd Lamb announced today that he completed his visit to each of Oklahoma's 77 counties. The Lt. Governor's meeting this morning in Coleman (Johnston County) marked the final stop on his 2014 tour around the state. This is the Lt. Governor's sixth complete lap around Oklahoma, with each of his county visits serving a purpose. This is Lt. Governor Lamb's fourth official 77 county tour as Lt. Governor and his sixth 77 county tour during his career.

"Every year I travel to all 77 counties. I made a commitment to be accountable and accessible to the people of Oklahoma. The best way to do that is to meet the people where they live, work and their kids go to school. As Lt. Governor I want to be a voice for all of Oklahoma. I believe our best days are just ahead of us," said Lt. Governor Lamb.

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CPSF raises record high at annual fundraising gala

The Chickasha Public School Foundation (CPSF) raised record breaking funds at their annual gala held Tuesday evening, Oct. 21. The fundraising event, held at the USAO Ballroom, profited over $42,000 through corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, and auction items. Thank you Chickasha!

All funds raised from this event will be used to improve the quality of education in the Chickasha Public Schools. As a result of fundraising efforts such as these, the foundation was able to give out over $51,000 in grants to teachers over the past month. CPSF strives to truly make a difference in the lives of both students and teachers.

The theme of the gala was "Celebrate the Treasures of Education." The evening showcased public school "treasures" from students to teachers, in addition to providing guests a great night of entertainment.

Paul Lewis was the Auctioneer for the evening; Mr David Cash, the Chickasha Public School Superintendent was introduced to the attendees; Barbara Cole related a story made possible from a Foundation teacher grant; Keynote speaker was Senator Susan Paddack who is a strong supporter of Education, has helped many School Foundations throughout Oklahoma; and the Master of Ceremonies was Dwight Yokum who kept the evening celebration moving and laughing. As one person said on their way out, "it was truly an enjoyable evening and I am glad to support the School Foundation who helps our teachers."

Joyce Black, CPSF Interim Executive Director says, "I am overwhelmed by the generosity and community support that the gala received. I am grateful for our corporate sponsors (including Stillwater National Bank that was not listed in our program, apologies), donors and many volunteers who made the event so successful." "Ann Fairburn (Gala Chairperson) and the entire board did an excellent job!"

The Chickasha Public School Foundation (CPSF) was founded more than 28 years ago as part of a collaborative vision. The education foundation is an independent community-based nonprofit that helps Chickasha Public Schools students by providing support for educational opportunities that cannot be funded through the district's budget. With a focus on creating community ownership in the success of every child, The Foundation plays a key role in supporting efforts to improve academic achievement and supporting programs for transformational change in educating our next generation.

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Council meeting set for Monday

The Chickasha City Council, Municipal Authority and Municipal Airport Authority will hold a regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 117 N. 4th St.

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P.E.O. Chapter FV to host annual auction

P.E.O. Chapter FV Hosts Annual Auction on Monday, November 17

It is AUCTION time and YOU are invited to join with members of P.E.O. Chapter FV in Chickasha at their annual Make, Bake and Grow Auction on Monday evening, November 17, 2014!

A Social Time with refreshments begins at 6:30 pm and the Live Auction will start at 7:00 pm.

The community and all members of area P.E.O. Chapters are invited to attend and enjoy this delightful evening!

The Auction will be held in the Epworth Church Life Center, 4th & Iowa, Chickasha. Park on the north side of the church and enter the double doors leading to the Life Center.

This fun-filled event will find guests sampling yummy refreshments, reminiscing with friends and carefully looking over the wide array of items to be auctioned.

There will be a Silent Auction, as well as the traditional Live Auction led by local auctioneer, Paul Lewis.

This annual event is always very entertaining and offers everyone who attends an opportunity to bid on a large selection of lovely gifts and tasty foods ... just in time for the upcoming and rapidly approaching holidays!

All proceeds from P.E.O. Chapter FV's annual Make, Bake and Grow Auction provide encouragement and educational opportunities for women.

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations.

P.E.O. - Women Helping Women Reach for the Stars!

Questions concerning the Make, Bake and Grow Auction, call (405) 224-6225.

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Annual meeting set for CCT

The Chickasha Community Theatre annual membership meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 23rd, 4 p.m. at Eduardo's Mexican Restaurant in Chickasha.

All CCT members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Non-members are also welcome. 2015 board members and officers will be voted on, future plans for the Washita Theater will be discussed, and the 2015 shows will be announced.

Call 639-6111 for more information.

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Contract awarded for road improvements in Grady County

OKLAHOMA CITY - A contract was awarded this month for road improvements in Grady County, Sen. Ron Justice and Rep. Scott Biggs recently announced.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the project will involve installing school signs along State Highway 19C, between I street and Broadway Street in Alex.

Justice (R-Chickasha) said the State Transportation Commission awarded a $21,000 contract on the project to Traffic Signals Inc. The Edmond Company was the lowest of three bidders for the job, said Biggs (R-Chickasha).

Once construction begins, the project is estimated to be completed within one month.

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2014 Farm Bill Information meeting scheduled in Chickasha

Chickasha - There are several new twists and turns in the Farm Bill, which are all important to understand for producers, landowners, bankers, agribusinesses and crop insurance agents.

To help shed some light on some of these changes, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture to host Farm Bill Information meetings at various locations throughout the state. All meetings are free and open to the public.

"The 2014 Farm Bill includes key changes to farm commodity programs. Landowners and producers have the opportunity to choose between several commodity programs, update yields and reallocate base acreage," said Jody Campiche, assistant professor in OSU's Department of Agricultural Economics. "In addition, a new supplemental crop insurance program will be discussed."

Representatives from many different organizations including Oklahoma State University, Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rural Development, and National Agriculture Statistics Service will present details on new programs and important deadlines within the bill. Discussion items will include Agricultural Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage, ARC/PLC Decision Tools, Base Reallocation and Yield Update, Supplemental Coverage Option and other USDA programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

"Producers and landowners have a one-time opportunity to elect ARC or PLC, reallocate base acreage and/or update payment yields. The one-time decision will remain in effect for the life of the 2014 Farm Bill," Campiche said. "The optimal program choice will vary across different crops and farms, so producers and landowners should take the time to learn about the programs so they can choose the best option for their farming operations."

Grady County Extension will be hosting a meeting on Thursday, November 13, 2014 in Chickasha at the Canadian Valley Tech Center at 1401 Michigan Ave. The meeting will be in the evening starting at 5:30 p.m. and last until around 8:45 p.m. A free dinner will be served thanks to our generous sponsor Chisholm Trail Farm Credit.

It is asked that attendees RSVP for the meeting and contact the Grady County Extension office at 405-224-2216.

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Phil Cross to speak on Caddo American Indian Tribe

Phil Cross will speak at Chickasha Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 30th at 7 p.m.

Phil Cross was raised on his family's Caddo Indian allotted land in western Oklahoma. He is a member of the Caddo Indian Nation and of the Caddo Culture Club at Binger, Oklahoma. Cross serves as the historian for the Caddo Culture Club and is the lead singer for the Club's dances, ceremonies and appearances. For more information about Phil Cross visit the Library's webpage at http://www.chickashapl.okpls.org/

Cross's presentation coincides with an exhibit featuring the unique heritage of the Caddo Nation on display at the Chickasha Public Library from October 10th through November 10th, 2014. True to Tradition: History and Heritage of the Caddo People features the long history of the Caddo in Oklahoma, from their ancient roots in the southeastern part of the state through modern efforts in language revitalization. The exhibit is available whenever the Library is open.

"We hope many people will take advantage of this enriching opportunity to discover more about the Caddo Tribe and their traditions," says Library Director Lillie Huckaby, "Come and listen to Phil and view the exhibit."

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Chickasha FFA to host plant sale this weekend

The annual Chickasha FFA Fall Plant Sale will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30th from 3-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31st from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov, 1st from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Chickasha FFA Greenhouse, located on the northwest corner of the high school complex.

"The horticulture classes at Chickasha High School grew the plants from small plugs and have spent many hours over the past two months making them look the best they can," said Stephen Tillinghast, Chickasha Agricultural Education Instructor. "The proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to purchase plants for the spring sale to be held in May 2015, update parts of the school greenhouse, and potentially build a school garden for teaching purposes."

This year, there will be pansies, violas, and chrysanthemums available for purchase. The pansies and violas are $10-$15 per flat and the chrysanthemums are $3-$5. Buyers may also purchase the plants individually if they so choose.

The FFA chapter will accept cash or check. Questions may be directed to Stephen Tillinghast, Chickasha FFA Advisor, at 918-430-4340.

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