Verden/Lawton Fire joint rescue operation North of Verden

Verden Fire Department has enlisted the aid of Lawton Fire Fighters and their boat to attempt a rescue of a Verden man.

Richard "Bounty Hunter" Rumley refused to leave his residence when advised to do so prior to the Washita River overflowing it's banks flooding several hundred acres around the Rumley home.

Family members have not been able to make contact with him and have requested a rescue/welfare check operation be launched.

Three water rescue trained Lawton firefighters entered the raging flood waters utilizing a flat bottom boat equipped with a jet type engine around 1900 hours this evening in an attempt to traverse the flood waters in an attempt to check Mr. Rumley's welfare.

Mr Rumley was contacted and agreed to come out for the duration of the flood. He stated that water was rising on all four sides of his house and that he had been out of food for four days. He joined family that was concerned about him and thought he would ride out the flood with them.

Units from Verden Fire, Lawton Fire, Caddo County Sheriff's, Grady County Fire Command and Caddo County Emergency Management were on scene.

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CV Tech honors outstanding teacher, professional and support staff for 2014-15 school year

CHICKASHA, OK (May 28, 2015) - Canadian Valley Technology Center honored three of its most outstanding employees recently at the school's end-of-year employee luncheon. Each year, employees are given the opportunity to vote for individuals in three different categories they believe are most worthy of the distinguished awards.

The Support Staff of the year honoree, Instructional Assistant Loretta Boller, has "taken on more than her share of the work this year and just keeps going," as quoted by one of her nominators. She took on the roll of SkillsUSA leader, and continues to help her own teachers, as well as other teachers who don't have an Instructional Assistant. Boller has an outstanding work ethic and great sense of responsibility.

This year's Teacher of the Year, Auto Services Instructor John Cook, is known for his passion for teaching and commitment to a high standard of learning in his classroom. As one co-worker put it, "Everything John does, he does for the students. He knows what it takes for students to succeed, and he leads them in that direction."

Professional of the Year honoree, Students Services Director Ronnie Bogle is known for his ability to take care of business while treating everyone with respect. "He cares deeply for the needs of the students and the employee," as quoted by one of his nominators. Bogle has also received CV Tech's Teacher of the Year in 2006 when he was the school's precision machining instructor.

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Governor Mary Fallin Announces Federal Assistance Granted for Oklahomans Devastated by Storms, Floods

All 77 Counties Now Under a State of Emergency

OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Mary Fallin announced today that FEMA has approved the state's request for disaster assistance for three Oklahoma counties hit hard by flooding, tornadoes, severe storms and straight-line winds.

The disaster assistance benefits individuals and business owners affected by severe storms that have occurred since May 5 in Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties. The designation makes available federal assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property, disaster unemployment assistance, and grants for serious needs and necessary disaster expenses not met by other programs.

To apply for disaster assistance, individuals and business owners in these three counties may call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or go online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

Other counties could be added to the declaration in the future. Damage assessments of storms that struck other parts of the state since May 10 are continuing.

"I appreciate FEMA for quickly coming to the aid of Oklahomans in these three counties," said Fallin. "As damage assessments continue, my hope is that the federal government recognizes the considerable losses many families and businesses in other areas of the state have suffered as well."

Fallin said that, regardless of county, those with storm or flooding damage to their homes or businesses should reach out to FEMA and report their losses.

"If you live in Oklahoma and have suffered storm damages, please report your losses to FEMA," Fallin said. "Doing so will help to support the case for additional federal assistance for the many Oklahoma families and businesses in need."

In light of continued storm and flooding damage over the weekend, Governor Fallin today amended an executive order declaring a state of emergency in 44 counties to a statewide emergency declaration. All 77 counties are now in a state of emergency. Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions.

In recent weeks Oklahoma has experienced widespread flash flooding, damaging winds, baseball-size hail and at least 25 tornadoes. From May 5 to May 10, three Oklahomans lost their lives because of those storms. In addition, 828 homes and businesses were damaged during that time period. More have been damaged since then due to ongoing flooding and storms.

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Salt Water Disposal lightening strike fire

Lightening apparently struck a tank on the Basic Energy Services Pistol Pete salt water disposal site in Eastern Grady County aroun 8:00 p.m. This evening.

GCFD units from Alex, Bradley, Naples and command units responded and made quick work of the fire confining it to one tank.

Units were on the scene approximately 2.5 hours including mop up time.

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Pocasset water supply

The Town of Pocasset has temporarily connected to Rural Water District 6 for their water supply.

The water line break has been located and repairs will start 05.27.2015. It is not known how long the repairs will take.

Pocasset has been placed under a recommended voluntary water boil order for at least the next 3 days.

Bottled water and bulk water is still avaiable at the Community Building.

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Chickasha's first sink hole

7th street and Chickasha Avenue is the scene of the first sink hole in Chickasha.

A Ford pickup traveling Southbound on 7th Street fell into a sink hole as it entered the intersection.

A wrecker attempting to remove the pickup also fell into the hole as the street collapsed under the weight.

Roadway is blocked while representatives figure out a solution.

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Little Mermaid auditions to be held

Please include this in your PSA's and news around the area:

AUDITIONS FOR THE CHICKASHA COMMUNITY THEATRE PRODUCTION OF DISNEY'S "THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR" WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY MAY 28 FROM 6-8PM AND ON MONDAY JUNE 1 FROM 6-8PM AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 324 COLORADO AVE. IN CHICKASHA OKLAHOMA.

DUE TO RECENT FLOODING OF THE WASHITA THEATRE, THE AUDITIONS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH.

ROLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 6-18.

PLEASE HAVE A PREPARED SONG TO SING (CD PLAYER WILL BE AVAILABE), AND BE READY TO DANCE!

SHOW DATES ARE AUGUST 13-16.

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Lindsay Historical Society

Lindsay Historical Society Contact: Thelma Love 405-919-6146

The Lindsay Historical Society will be offering tours of both Museums on Founders Day, June 6 from 10:00 to 2:00. Marian Cunningham will share history of the two room rural Pikes Peak School located across from the Murray Mansion. Tommie Hackney will be sharing the early history of the first settlers Frank Murray and Lewis Lindsay families at the Murray Lindsay Mansion in Erin Springs. Special events will take place between 11:00 and 2:00 on the Mansion grounds. Bring a picnic lunch and share it with your family under the shade trees. Enjoy seeing the vegetables and flowers growing in Anita's Garden where the old stable used to be. Look at the horse drawn farm implements and let your children enjoy playing old-fashioned games on the front lawn. Contact Thelma Love at 405-756-8830 for more information.

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Cox City Baptist Church 5th Sunday Sing

Cox City Baptist Church 5th Sunday Sing

The Cox City Baptist Church will host a Fifth Sunday Sing on Sunday night, May 31 at 6:00 p.m. Bro. Bill Love is extending an invitation to come enjoy gospel music. A fellowship will follow the musical service. You may contact Bill Love at 405-756-8830 for more information.

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Popular Alex restaurant suffers early morning fire

The Feedlot restaurant was the scene of an early morning fire today.

Owners were arriving to begin preparing to open when they noticed a smoke smell as they opened the doors to enter.

A 911 call was made to summon Emergency Services. GCFD Alex equipment and Firefighters arrived within minutes and took control of the situation.

Preliminary investigation indicates an electrical issue started the fire.

Alex PD, GCFD Command Staff assisted the Alex Station Firefighters on this fire.

The Feedlot will be closed for a couple of days repairing the minimum amout of damage as a result of this incident. The structure suffered minor damage however smoke and water damage (from a broken water line in the attic) will need to be cleaned up and repaired prior to reopening

A burned spot on the South exterior wall near the heat and air conditioning units is the only visible indication of a fire occurring.

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