Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 8:34 am


A female was taken into custody in the 3200 block of Pond Ridge Drive for possession of a controlled substance.

An adult female was arrested for driving without a license and speeding in a school zone in the 1300 block of South 6th Street.

A male subject was served a trespass notice in the 2100 block of South 4th banning him from Walgreens.

An auto burglary report was taken in the 700 block of West Oregon Avenue.

Domestic Abuse was reported in the 300 block of South 9th Street.

Filed under: Crime

Monday, October 5, 2015, 4:29 pm

My condolences to those who have suffered loss of employment. Unemployment

has been increasing across Oklahoma with the downturn in the energy sector.

Our state ranks last in second-quarter personal income growth of the 50

states, as reported by the Oklahoman. This is not the same economy we heard

about last year in the campaigns.

Several state programs that provide assistance are also available. The

Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission assists those who are trying to

regain employment. To submit a claim, you can either file online at

https://unemployment.state.ok.us/ or you can call for assistance at

1-800-555-1554. The Oklahoma Career Technology system offers training

programs to help individuals enhance their skills for job placement.

Contact your local Career Tech to ask about financial aid for classes. I am

also thankful that my current job allows me to assist those who are seeking


Though reductions in the energy sector are a part of the problem, much of

the blame can go squarely back to the elected officials at the State

Capitol with their choices of business development policies. Rather than

pursue successful ideas, such as the student loan forgiveness program for

the aerospace engineering sector to recruit diversified jobs, the

Republican leadership has instead chosen to cut income taxes for the

wealthiest Oklahomans, reduce drilling taxes and offer tax credits to major


I must ask why are these companies laying off employees rather than looking

at their expenditures? One company last week offered their suite at

sporting events to an auction and another chose to retain naming rights on

a building in downtown Oklahoma City instead of preserving jobs.

We're often told that government should be run like a business, but these

businesses would be bankrupt if not for state government bailouts through

tax incentives and credits that are paid for by your tax dollars.

The State of Oklahoma gives myriad tax credits to companies that pay

millions of dollars in salaries to executives who are simultaneously laying

off middle-income employees. They take government-subsidized dollars to

make poor choices for frivolous items for their own pleasure. We hear

Republicans demand that schools slash administrative expenses - so why

don't they make that same demand of CEOs of companies that receive

tax-subsidized business credits?

OU President David Boren recently proposed a statewide sales tax of one

cent to fund education programs. His reason is that Oklahoma has ranked

dead last in the United States in education spending for kindergarten

through 12th grade since 2008. Whether you agree with his proposal or not,

you should realize that something needs to change. We cannot succeed unless

we invest in our infrastructure. Oklahoma has consistently made deep cuts

in services over the past few years while reducing taxes and spending

substantially more on tax credits.

If you want to have a state that demands accountability, start by demanding

accountability from your elected officials. Ask them tough questions and

make sure you vote for those who will develop a better and diversified

business model for Oklahoma.

Filed under: Politics

Monday, October 5, 2015, 12:04 pm


1900 block of South 4th Jorge Luis Espino was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

1900 block of South 4th Alfredo Arce Martinez of public intoxication

3400 block of South 23rd Street a domestic abuse report was taken.

100 block of North 6th Street a found property report was taken was a phone.

2000 block of South 1st Street Brandy Jones was arrest for shoplifting at Walmart.

2000 block of West Idaho Avenue an unauthorized absence report was taken.

Donetta Lambert was arrested in the 400 block of West Alabama on an outstanding warrant.

1400 block of South 4th Street a male causing a disturbance was taken.

902 South 4th Street was the location of an arrest of Joshua Linville for Larceny of Merchandise from a Retailer, Possession of Low Point Beer with intent to consume, Public Intoxication, Transporting an Open Container of Beer and concealing stolen property.

Derek Quillian was arrested for Possession of Low Point Beer with intent to Consume, Public Intoxication, Transporting an Open Container of Beer and Receiving Stolen Property.

Dayna Reynolds was arrested for Possession of Low Point Beer with intent to Consume, Public Intoxication, Transporting an Open Container of Beer and Receiving Stolen Property.


A warrant was served and Lesley Cope was arrested in the 800 block of Ferguson Drive.

A malicious injury/destruction of property report was taken in the 300 block of North 18th Street.

Dusti Sneed was arrested for obtaining a truck by false pretensis in the 2000 block of South 1st Street.

Larceny from a house report was taken at the Chickasha Villa Apartments in the 100 block of East Country Club.

2000 block of West Idaho Ave. two unauthorized absences were reported from the Sequoyah House.


in the 400 block of South 17th Street Michael Ray Morris was arrested after the vehicle he was operating was stopped for a motor vehicle code violation, charges included possessing a controlled and dangerous substance within 1000 feet of a school and bringing contraband into a jail as well as the warrant charges.

1400 block of West Frisco a domestic violence report was taken.

2000 South 1st Street Aleisha McCauley was arrested on shoplifting charges as well as for outstanding Grady County warrants.



3200 Pond Ridge Drive was the location of a Possession of a Controlled and Dangerous Substance

Filed under: Crime

Monday, October 5, 2015, 12:03 pm

A Government of the People, By the People, For the People

State Representative David Perryman

Few people remember that when Abraham Lincoln climbed the steps to the platform to deliver his Gettysburg address, he was ill. His illness was not simply the stress of a wartime president. Lincoln was actually weak and lightheaded with an oncoming case of smallpox on November 19, 1863 as he visited the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Perhaps the President's weakened condition contributed to the brevity of his speech. Perhaps he said all that he needed to say in the address that lasted just over two minutes.

While at the time, many may have been unimpressed by Lincoln's Gettysburg Address; over time its ending - Government of the People, by the People, for the People - has come to symbolize the definition of democracy itself.

For this reason, the trend away from voter participation in the United States, and particularly in Oklahoma, is alarming.

When citizens fail to engage in the process of knowing the issues and casting educated ballots in elections at any level, the government is no longer Of the People. The abdication of this duty allows special interest groups on the right or on the left to control the outcome of the electoral process and the government is no longer By the People.

Oklahoma's voter turnout rate has been consistently under the national average. According to the 2012 Oklahoma Civic Health Index, only 7.2% of eligible voters younger than 30 vote in local elections; less than 5% have any contact with elected officials and fewer than 1 in 5 discuss politics.

Fewer than 1 in 3 Oklahomans between 30 and 50 discuss politics, less than 9% have contact with elected officials and only 17.3% vote in local elections.

However, the lack of engagement does not begin there. In 2012, 62.8% of the Oklahoma State House of Representative seats did not have a chance to be competitive because of the lack of an opponent.

It is essential that the cause of low rates of political engagement and participation be identified and addressed. This week, I am sponsoring a Legislative Interim Study bringing together four national and statewide non-partisan experts who will present information to the legislature concerning the current situation and possible solutions.

A year or so ago when legislation concerning the elimination of the Electoral College came before the legislature, I overheard a lawmaker say, "If this passes and we elect a president based purely upon who gets the most votes, our party will never elect another president."

We must overcome the temptation to judge whether voter participation and election reform benefits Democrats or Republicans. If the test for whether we want more people to vote is whether it will help or hurt our own political party, then we have already failed.

A government must reflect the needs, desires and concerns of an educated electorate and that requires engagement at all levels. Otherwise, this government that we claim to love so dearly will no longer be For the People.

David may be reached at 405-557-7401 or David.Perryman@okhouse.gov

Filed under: Politics

Monday, October 5, 2015, 11:57 am

CHICKASHA - Each year, a select group of students at Canadian Valley Technology Center is chosen to participate in leadership activities and assist with student recruitment.

Activities throughout the year are supported through grant funds made possible by the CV Tech Foundation. The foundation was incorporated in 1984 to support technology education.

Helen Ward of Chickasha was closely involved with the school's former single parent/homemaker program and saw the success of people who were touched by Canadian Valley. Her generous gift was the seed money for activities supported today by faculty, staff and area business and industry.

Student Ambassadors meet monthly after school for leadership activities and public speaking training.

Filed under: Local

Monday, October 5, 2015, 11:51 am

This was submitted by the Chickasha Library and is a story referencing the RIAF and was written by several people as they passed during the festival. I have published just as I received it.

The Community Story 2015

By the Community of Chickasha,

Oklahoma at the Rock Island Arts Festival

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, there was a village called Chickasha. The people of Chickasha came together to enjoy the Rock Island Arts Festival and together they wrote this story.

The day was sunny and unseasonably warm. The smell of lunch was in the air.The funnel cake fries were amazing. The sand pile was full of buckets & toys for children to play. We met some new friends. They were buying a bag made out of their favorite t-shirt @ T-bags and more!

They stocked up on Christmas presents for the kiddos at Usborne Books by Stephanie(http://www.storytimewithstephanie.com>

www.storytimewithstephanie.com), before heading over for an art class. The art class was held in a mysterious building filled with echoes and iridescent light that shone through hundreds of prisms adorning the windows and whispers filled the air with tales of years gone by.

I'm new to the Chickasha area. Have lived here a year. A lot of nice people. There are a lot of memories down through the years by many I'm sure. I'm not good with words but glad & want to make you known I was her to part of that

history. E L.

There were monkey's, dinosaurs, birds, and other multi colored animals, it was like a story from Jumangi, you could almost picture the animals coming to life as the children played with them.

After the puppet show we headed outside to listen to the bands.

Saturday morning was bright and cool - another perfect day at the Rock Island Arts Festival. And then everything got destroyed The dinosaurs broke

all of the windows in the town. Then after that Aubrey and Donna brought the monkeys into the town and saved the day!! And the monkeys left because they saw bannannas and Jerimiah was leading them all away!

Then the bannanas disappeared and the monkeys saw a gerilla the monkeys ran into a town called nuketown were zombies have tooken over and the boy scouts were striking the zombies with amazing force when just then? Then the

Zombies were defeated. The 602 scouts ate chocolate and marshmallows. The day was as gorgeous as the aroma of the food. Food is awesome I can eat all day long. The food here is awesome my mom makes good food. The dragon is more fun than the chocolates! The puppy is more fun than the dragon. And the Librarians took over and everybody got smarter. The art is awesome the food smells Great 2nd year gets better and better

A great day, good food , good entertainment,Great weather Lots of fun good music.

The cat is fun & he goes in his little home. Chewbacca read books and DarthVader got in a light saber duel with the Boot Scooters!

God blesses us with time to spend with family, and a chance to make new friends in Chickasha.

News flash ..Rain on the way..Hope it hurries away..Great fun face painting, meeting artists and library friends. Suddenly a flash of lightening split the sky and thunder crashed. It began to rain laser cats and cyborg dogs.

They heard about the awesome funnel cakes and chicken on a stick! It was awesome & tasty!!

All the laser cats and cyborg dogs jumped a train to Paris to eat cheese with their chicken sticks.

And then the night train came thru the station. The Engineer held his hand out the window and all the kids blasted him with their painted pumpkins. He just wanted a navejo taco-Poor girl! Then the laser cats went home and ate there lunch. And never talked again.

Filed under: Local

Monday, October 5, 2015, 11:49 am

The City of Chickasha seeks a Youth Services Librarian to serve at Chickasha

Public Library. The person to fill this position is an energetic, outgoing,

team-oriented person who will supervise children's services. This is

specialized professional work primarily in the planning, organizing, and

directing of children and teen services and activities. This includes

conducting programs for preschool children, elementary children, and teens

and all duties related to children and teen services such as collection

development, promotion, and reader's advisory. This person will be an

integral part of the library team helping also with circulation and customer

service. A full job description and application can be downloaded at

http://chickasha.org/Jobs.aspx and a print copy of the job description and

application can be picked up at City Hall, 117 N. 4th St. Chickasha. For

more information call the Library at 222-6075.

Filed under: Local

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:59 am

Two vehicles attempted to share the intersection at 9th and Missouri around noon on Sunday morning.

A small car traveling Southbound on 9th failed to yield to nor Eastbound on Missouri.

There were no reported injuries at the time of the accident.

Chickasha Police Department investigated and had the roadway cleared promptly.

Monday, October 5, 2015, 3:50 am

The intersection of CR 1410 and CS 2970 was the location of yet another single vehicle accident last night.

Mr. And Mrs Gibson an elderly couple from Cyril were returning from a retirement event for a nephew in Oklahoma City.

The Gibson's vehicle was Southbound on 2970 and failed to complete the turn 90 degree turn onto Westbound CR 1410.

Mr. Gibson who was in his eighties said that he had been driving that road all his life and knew the road, however tonight for some reason I just did not make the curve.

The Gibson vehicle was approximately 200 feet off the roadway, through the treeline coming to a rest in the sandy, grass burr infested field.

Mrs. Gibson was transported to the hospital by Chickasha EMS with possible leg and neck injuries.

Units from the Wildlife/Game Rangers were the first to arrive and controlled the area until Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers could arrive. Members of the Grady County Fire Department Pioneer Station stabilized the victims until EMS arrived.

Filed under: Local

Friday, October 2, 2015, 8:45 pm

Grady County Fire was contacted and asked if they would be willing to escort the Chickasha Fighting Chick Band from their facility to the stadium prior to the Friday night football game.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month GCFD dispatched the Pocasset Stations Breast Cancer Awareness Brush/Fast Attack Engine to assist with the assigment.

The request was a result of a near accident prior to the last home game when a vehicle failed to yield or slow as it passed the marching band members enroute to the stadium.

GCFD is more than happy to assist with any public events whenever it is possible.

Chief Spurlin a former Drum Major for the Fighting Chicks indicated that he appreciated the opportunity to return to a very familiar place and event.

Filed under: Local