“Dinner with the Teacher”.

CHICKASHA, OK (April 23, 2015) - More than 200 people, including pre-enrolled students, parents, staff, faculty and current students, joined together at CV Tech's Chickasha campus earlier this week to experience "Dinner with the Teacher". All high school students who are pre-enrolled to begin their first year at CV Tech in 2015-16 were invited to the event, along with their parents. Each class had dinner together, and then spent time touring classrooms, labs and shops. The event allows incoming students to get to know their teachers better, meet other students in the class, and ask any questions that haven't already been answered. This is the forth year that CV Tech has hosted the event. According to teachers and administrative staff, the school has seen great benefits as a result. Chickasha campus Student Services Director Ronnie Bogle believes that it allows students to begin forming relationships that ensure their commitment to the tech center. "We use this event as an opportunity to welcome new students into the CV Tech family, let them know we are excited to have them, and give them a glimpse into what it will be like next year as students," Bogle said. "It's a fun, laid back experience, and students, parents and teachers alike seem to enjoy the opportunity to visit and ask questions." "We believe building strong relationships with incoming students helps increase retention rates over the summer months and into the first several days of school," Bogle said. "Often times, a student enrolls and is excited initially, but then that excitement may turn to doubt if no effort is made to contact the student between the time he or she enrolls and the time to begin school in the fall. That span is somewhere close to five months for many students." From the time high school students enroll in early spring, CV Tech staff works to keep in contact with students to keep their excitement and commitment level high. In April teachers make personal phone calls to pre-enrolled students; mailings are sent to students and parents; and Dinner with the Teacher gives students and parents a chance to meet teachers in person. In the last four years, CV Tech has seen its retention improve dramatically as a result of the increased emphasis on student contact and building relationships.

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CV TECH STUDENTS VOLUNTEER FOR FOSTER CARE EVENT

CHICKASHA, OK (April 24, 2015) - Seven students from Canadian Valley Technology Center volunteered Saturday, April 18, for the Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) Conference held at CV Tech's Chickasha campus. The students volunteered as part of the Ambassador student organization. The children at the conference were split into groups by age and gender, and each CV Tech student was assigned to a specific group. "I volunteered for this event last year, and I was looking forward to doing it again this year," Health Careers student Kailey Boswell said. "Knowing that many of them have had difficult things happen in their short lives, really makes being here to help them rewarding. We also get to see how resilient they are, which is amazing." "The event organizers have expressed their appreciation many times over to us for providing volunteers each year for their conference," Amy Simer, CV Tech Marketing Specialist and volunteer coordinator, said. "It's great to see so many students willing to give up their entire Saturday to come and spend the day with children living in foster care. It says a lot about our students." Founded in 1984, SAFY is a foster care organization emphasizing that every child is entitled to a caring and stable living environment. Many children in our nation are abused, neglected and victimized and left without loving parents to care for them. SAFY focuses on these difficult-to-place children, by helping to provide stable homes in order that they may grow into healthy and happy adults.

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Sobriety Check Point Information

Please send press release for Sobriety Check Point:

Location:

County - Cleveland

City - Norman, Oklahoma Classen and Lindsey

Time:

2300 - 0100

Saturday April 22nd

Authority Troy German

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Follow the Camel Trail for the Common Good

Follow the Camel Trail for the Common Good Representative David Perryman The 1957 Soviet Sputnik launch came as a shock to many Americans. Only 40 years after the Bolsheviks assassinated Tsar Nicholas and his family, a country that was perceived as backward and experienced total military and economic collapse, led the world in the space race. Prior to Sputnik, a relatively tiny federal agency named the U.S. Department of Education had suggested that American college students needed foreign language training to compete in an emerging global economy. President Dwight Eisenhower responded to the news of Sputnik by urging funding for enhanced physical sciences and engineering instruction in America's colleges and universities. As a result, narrowly defined and clearly articulated legislation was introduced in congress and culminated in the enactment of the National Defense Education Act of 1958, "to insure trained manpower of sufficient quality and quantity to meet the national defense needs of the United States." Senator Barry Goldwater spoke against the legislation and related the Arabian fable about the Bedouin who conceded to allowing his camel slip the tip of its nose under the edge of his tent and by morning found himself cohabitating with the entire camel inside an extremely tiny tent. The Senator feared that federal funding to higher education would be the proverbial "camel's nose under the tent." While it has been sixteen years since the Oklahoma legislature first allowed the charter school camel to put its nose under the tent of Oklahoma's education budget, it has steadily advanced its drain on public school finances. The 2015 House and Senate passage of House Bill 1696 clearly demonstrates that the camel with its smell and tendency to spit has fully arrived. House Bill 1696 is bad for rural Oklahoma children, rural Oklahoma schools and rural Oklahoma communities. It takes money from public education and takes local control away from rural voters and rural boards of education. Even before HB1696, private school tax credits and special education vouchers were taking money from Oklahoma's public schools. Those tax credits and vouchers cost rural schools indirectly by decreasing money in the general fund and decreasing the funding available to rural schools through the funding formula. The current bill will take students and direct dollars away from rural school. The author of HB1696 says that the legislation will simply allow rural schools to have the same "great results" that Oklahoma City and Tulsa schools have experienced. First, there are no "great results" as charter school students in urban areas perform no better than public school students. The demographic of students who have high test scores have a high test scores in private or charter or public schools. In fact, when analyzed according to demographics, public schools often perform higher than either private or charter schools. While the law says that any student may apply to a charter school, actual enrollment requires extensive parental pledges of volunteer time and fundraising commitments. Parents who are unable, financially or otherwise, to devote hours in those activities often have their children excluded. HB1696 removes the requirement that charter schools in rural areas be sponsored by local, rural boards of education and accountable to local, rural boards of education. Under this Bill, a corporate charter school is able to apply to the State Board of Education for permission to place a charter school in the district of any school in Oklahoma and be accountable only to its own Board of Directors. Follow the money. You will find lucrative corporate education contracts, tax credits from land leases, building construction and taxpayer subsidized donations, special education vouchers, unlimited administrative spending all to the detriment of public education. But the most alarming thing that you will see when you follow the money is the tail of that camel as it slips inside the tent signaling the end of Horace Mann's commitment that America's public education should be universal, non-sectarian, free and have as its goal: social efficiency, civic virtue, and character. Thank you for allowing me to serve as State Representative. If you have questions or comments about this issue or any other matter, please contact me at David.Perryman@okhouse.gov or 800-522-8502.

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Highway 277 closed 4.5 miles west of 81 due to fatality accident

A loaded petroleum product tank truck has overturned on Highway 277 approximately 4.5 miles West of Highway 81.

The roadway is currently closed due to the leaking of petroleum products the truck was transporting.

Units from Chickasha EMS, Grady County Fire Ninnekah and Pioneer Stations as well as numerous law enforcement units are on the scene.

Crews have confined the spill to a diked off area awaiting a vacuum truck to come and remove it from the area. The product is considered flammable therefore precautions are being taken to prevent an accidental ignition and fire. The cleanup is expected to take several hours therefore the road will be closed until further notice.

Reports indicate that the driver has expired at the accident scene.

ODOT and DEQ have now been contacted and are enroute to the scene to assess this spill.

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Chickasha Police Department Activity

04.22.2015

700 Block South 11th street Jay Phegley was arrested on a Grady County Warrant.

800 Block of West Grand Avenue Michael Coffin was arrested for driving with a license suspended.

500 Block of West Georgia Michael Brown was arrested on outstanding felony warrants.

800 Block of West Frisco a burglary report was taken at Frisco Stop this is still under investigation.

300 Block of East Country Club Road, Interstate Improvement reported a $21,000.00 Ditch Witch stolen.

700 Block South 5th Street and juvenile was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

100 Block North John P. Cowan Drive Brandon Richmond was arrested and transported to the Grady County Sheriff's Office whee Oklahoma Juvenile Authority took him into custody on warrant JDL 2014-41

04.23.2015

Destiny Jarrett was arrested for driving while license suspended in the 900 Block of West Grand Avenue .

A vandalism was reported in the 1900 Block of South 7th.

Tonya Lemon was arrested on a driving while license was suspended charge.

04.24.2015

1000 of west Grand Avenue Johnny Miller was arrested for driving while license was suspended.

800 Block of North 10th Street a female reported that a man forced her into a vehicle at knife point and drove her to the other end of town.

Check chickashamugs.com for more information and photos of some of these suspects.s

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A great team effort by Am-Po Panthers resulted in the fourth consecutive high school girls slow pitch softball District Championship.

The Lady Panthers run ruled two of the final three games enroute to the District Championship.

The team will be losing five Seniors to graduation, two of which will move on to play college softball on scholarships.

Congrats to the Lady Panthers and their fans for a tremendous season.

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Something Worthwhile to meet May 5

The final Something Worthwhile (SWW) ladies' event of the 2014-15 Season is Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6-8 pm, in the Epworth Church Life Center, 4th and Iowa, Chickasha, OK.

All ladies in the Chickasha community are invited to come and enjoy a delightful evening of fellowship, a delicious meal, beautiful music and inspiring message. The featured musicians for the evening are sister-brother duo, Sonjia Dalrymple Henderson and Kent Dalrymple, of Rush Springs. Both have a strong commitment of faith and love sharing their Christian life and God-given abilities with others. They love teaming up to sing when the opportunity arises. Sonjia is an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Rush Springs where she plays piano and is a member of the Praise and Worship Team. She is a retired florist, author, speaker, singer and songwriter. For many years she sang with the Dalrymple family, as well as the Gospel Aires. As an author, everything she writes is inspirational from another point of view. Her latest publication, which is entitled 'Remember This', is an inspiring and true story of divine intervention and the great favor of God in the lives of both her and her late husband, Rev. Larry Henderson. Her next publication to be released is 'Crazy Friends'. Sonjia currently has 104 inspirational and love expressions, which are copy-written and available for purchase, matted and/or framed. Sonjia's brother, Kent, and his wife, Shawn, are active members of Epworth United Methodist Church in Chickasha. Kent sings with the Epworth Chancel Choir and the Praise and Worship Team and is often involved in performing special music. He has spent much of his life singing with his family, and previously sang with the Gospel Express and a Barbershop Quartet. For many years he worked in the plumbing and mechanical construction trades in both OK and TX and currently is the 'Safety Director' for CMS Willowbrook, a local construction firm. He has served as a Royal Ranger Commander where he mentored and taught young men the attributes of being a strong Godly man and inspiring them to follow Jesus Christ.

Following the musical presentation, Jeannie Johnston of Chickasha will share some special thoughts. Jeannie was born in Oklahoma but raised in the southwest and on the east coast. She landed back in Oklahoma her senior year in high school, which is when she met her future husband, Darrel. Jeannie attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Texas Women's University and graduated from Central State University. She is a retired music and gifted and talented teacher from Pioneer Elementary School, located near Chickasha. While employed at Pioneer, she also coached elementary and junior high academic teams. The junior high academic team would go on to win the state championship and later compete at the national level. Jeannie and her husband, Darrel, have been married 33 years, have two grown children and have attended Epworth United Methodist Church since 1991. Jeannie has discipling believers by singing with the Epworth Chancel Choir, as well as the Epworth and Emmaus community Praise and Worship Teams. She also taught bible study for many years at the Woman's Pregnancy Center. Her excitement and passion for learning is portrayed through her relationship with Christ.

Reservations are required to attend each Something Worthwhile ladies' event and are accepted until all tickets are sold OR until the deadline time of 3:00 pm on Friday, May 1, 2015. Seating is limited.

All reservations and cancellations are made with Marilyn Beery by calling her home phone 224-1054 (no text messages) or emailing her at marilynbeery@gmail.com. Please include your name and phone number(s) when making reservations with Marilyn.

Each guest is asked to PLEASE honor her reservation. If unable to attend, PLEASE share it with a friend or contact the reservations chairman, Marilyn Beery, so ladies on the waiting list may come.

The total meal cost is $5.50, which is paid at the door.

SWW events are held on the first Tuesday of September through December and February through May.

Free childcare is available for children ages 3 through 8 years during the SWW meeting. Childcare reservations must be made with Marilyn Beery. Parents are asked to bring their children's meals for the evening, as they are not included.

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Arts Council to meet Tuesday, April 28

The Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC) will have its regularly monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7 pm in The Chickasha Art Center, 624 W. Chickasha Avenue.

Agenda items include updates on Artscope 2015, 7th annual Rock Island Arts Festival (RIAF) 2015, Fundraisers, Arts Council's 'home' search; First and Third Saturday Morning Free Art Classes for Children and other topics.

All CAAC members and others interested in supporting and promoting 'The Arts' are invited to attend any of the CAAC meetings.

Questions and comments may be emailed to info@chickashaarts.org, mailed to CAAC, PO Box 505, Chickasha, OK 73023-0505 or by calling Susan (405) 222-4797. Find CAAC information at www.chickashaarts.org and on Facebook.

CAAC memberships, which help support the Arts Council's programs, are always appreciated! Yearly fees are: Individual $15, Family $25 and Arts Organization $50. Application forms can be found on the website www.chickashaarts.org or by calling Susan at (405) 222-4797. Payments and contributions may be made by credit card, check, money order or cash.

Contributions to the CAAC are tax-deductible and are sincerely appreciated. Donations may be made in memory or in honor of an individual and may be designated for any of the following: (1) Gwen Brooks Memorial Arts Scholarship Fund, (2) ArtScope, (3) Rock Island Arts Festival (RIAF) 2015, (3) Saturday Morning Art Classes for Children, ages 4-12, (4) Building Fund - finding a 'home under one roof' for the CAAC, and (5) CAAC General Fund.

The CAAC is a local 501c3 non-profit and all-volunteer organization.

CAAC Motto ... 'Arts for All'

CAAC Mission Statement ... 'This body shall be a nonprofit cultural and educational agency to support, encourage, coordinate and promote high-quality activities and programs in the arts and humanities for the Chickasha area community'.

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Oilfield fatality

An oilfield worker was found deceased on an oilfield location yesterday.

It is reported to chickashanow.com that a co-worker could not get the victim to communicate with him and went looking for the deceased.

The victim was preparing to inject some kind of chemical into equipment on a well site when an unexpected pressure release occurred.

Chickasha Emergency Services as well as Verden Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. The report they received was that there was an unresponsive 40 year old male laying on the ground with no pulse and was not breathing. Upon their arrival on the location just East of CS 2790 and State Highway 62 they found an open line with what appeared to be natural gas escaping into the atmosphere.

Some of the firefighters checked the victim while others controlled the blowing petroleum product.

The actual cause of death is yet to be determined by the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's office.

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