Thursday, September 3, 2015, 4:20 pm

Special Saturday Storytime at the Chickasha Public Library.

In response to requests from local library users, the Chickasha Public Library will begin a run of Saturday Morning Storytimes for kids which will kick off on Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 AM in the Library's meeting room.

Saturday Storytime sessions will run one hour, from 10:00AM to 11:00AM and will feature book readings, games, crafts and other activities. Special Saturday Storytimes will be held once per month with the exception of October, in which there will be two. The current Saturday storytime dates are, September 12, October 10 and October 31 (Halloween Storytime), November 14 and December 19. This schedule will be posted on the Library's website as well as in the Library itself. Children of all ages are welcome to Special Saturday Storytime. Children 8 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a responsible older person of at least 16 years of age.

The Library's regular Storytimes are held every Wednesday at 10:00AM and 11:00AM, for pre-school children 5 years of age and under.

For more information, please call 222-6075

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Thursday, September 3, 2015, 4:20 pm

Come join the Chickasha Public Library for ancestry.com night Friday September 11th from 6 pm until 8 pm. The Library always has ancestry.com available on the wired computers however we extend the Library hours every second Friday of the month for two hours so that people who are interested in their family history may take the time to learn and discover through ancestry.com. A library card is not required, everyone is welcome. This is a great time for beginners just starting off, there will be staff and volunteers there to help people get started. Even if you are experienced with ancestry.com and have already begun to collect your family's history it is still a great time to access this popular database.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015, 3:13 pm

The Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC) is excited to offer a very special FREE art class ... just for 4, 5 and 6 year old children!

The 'Fun with Music' class is Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10:00-11:00 am in St. Luke's Parish Hall, 124 S. 6, enter on Kansas Street.

Ms. Crystal Wyatt will be leading the class where children will have FUN learning about Sound Poems, Orff Instruments and Music and Movement ... all within one hour!

Ms. Wyatt is the music and gifted and talented teacher for Pioneer Schools and the music teacher for ArtScope, CAAC's two-week fine arts camp for eight to 12 year olds held in June on the USAO campus.

Children, ages 4 to 6 years, may register for the September 19th class. Adult caregivers are to accompany and stay with their children during the class.

Pre-registration is required. At least eight children are needed to have the class and there is a limit of 15. A 'wait list' will be recorded.

Reservations are to be made by (1) sending an email to info@chickashaarts.org OR (2) calling Susan at (405) 222-4797 or (405) 314-3307.

Give the (1) name of child, (2) birth date of child, (3) name of person accompanying the child, (4) a contact phone number and (5) an email address, if available. An email confirmation will be sent to those registering by email.

The 3rd Saturday Morning Art Class is FREE and is sponsored by the Chickasha Area Arts Council, a non-profit 501c3 all-volunteer arts organization.

The CAAC is extremely grateful to the First National Bank and Trust Company of Chickasha, the Junior Social Workers of Chickasha and the Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC) for funding and supporting CAAC's FREE Saturday Morning Art Classes for children.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015, 3:12 pm

The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library and the USAO Drama Department announce their 2nd Annual 'Falling Leaves Author Festival'.

The festival will be held in the USAO Ballroom on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10am to 8pm and will feature the works of Oklahoma playwrights and authors.

The USAO play writing class will be performing short works they create for their course requirements from noon until 1:00pm.

Local playwrights can also submit a 15 minute or shorter work. Selected pieces will be performed in a readers' theater format by USAO drama students beginning at 6:30pm.

Authors are being sought to display and sell their books during the 'Falling Leaves Author Festival'. There will be opportunities for many of the authors to present to the public about their books throughout the day.

Christy Clift, Festival Chairman, reports the Friends were so excited to get the USAO theater department on board. This adds a totally new dimension to the Festival and should draw even more interest to the Festival.

If you are interested in participating as an author, please email your information to drchristyclift@gmail.com. Include the book title(s), author's name, email and phone information, where the book can be purchased and indicate if you would like to be a presenter, as well.

Playwrights can send scripts to Dr. Christy Clift, P.O. Box 1599, Chickasha, OK 73023 or email them to the above address with the author's contact information.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015, 2:47 pm

History 1904-1913

1904 - The first tour of the American Automobile Association, starting July 25, 1904, had as its objective point St. Louis, where the Louisiana Purchase Exposition was being held. Sixteen machines started from New York and joined themselves to eleven others from various New England towns. The ranks of the travelers were swelled by additions from all points, continuing by way of Albany, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Eric, Cleveland, Toledo, South Bend, Chicago, Pontiac (Ill.), Springfield (Ill.), to St. Louis. At the same time another portion of the tour was being run over the National Highway through Columbus, Indianapolis and Terre Haute to the Exposition City, bringing the total number of participants to 108. Practically all the machines reached St. Louis, the tour being more of the nature of a combined run than a competition. There were 77 entries and 66 finishers.

2015 Chairman's Overview

Chairman's Overview

Wow. The last time the AAA Glidden Tour was in Oklahoma City was June 24, 1910. It's a honor to serve as chairman for the 70th Revival AAA Glidden Tour. Thank you for your interest. Our committee is working hard to make this an enjoyable event, much the same as Charles Glidden envisioned the tour in 1905.

"The object of the tour and that which prompted the giving of the trophy was to encourage what I believe to be from experience and observation the best health-giving and health-sustaining recreation possible, that of touring with the motor car under conditions suitable for a person to make a tour with members of his entire family. Also to show that greatest achievement that the individual can accomplish with the motor car in line with plain, simple touring and not in racing or fast driving." - Chas J. Glidden

The 70th Revival AAA Glidden Tour is being hosted by the Okie Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Aug. 30 - Sept 4, 2015. The Glidden Tour is the oldest and largest automobile touring event in America. The first tour was sponsored by the American Automobile Association (AAA) in 1904 to promote the use of the automobile and help create standardized laws for the use of automobiles. The endurance races were held annually until 1913.

In 1946, the Veterans Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA) revived the Glidden Tour

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 3:37 pm

Its been a long summer, but luckily not too hot. I am happy to advise you we did

not see a spike in activity that usually comes with the summer months. One of

the things that slowed them down was an arrest made by Corporal Tommy Rutledge

on July 7th, at Fox Lane and Frisco Road. Responding to a suspicious

subject call Corporal Rutledge located a female in a White Chevy pickup

claiming to have car trouble. I arrived to back him up as the female's husband came

walking up also claiming car troubles. Having knowledge of a burglary the week

before less than a mile from this location we checked further. Corporal

Rutledge found the male in possession of a stolen 45 caliber pistol taken in a

burglary in Oklahoma City two days before. Minutes later a third subject was

located by Lt. Roy Spratt and me, exiting a vehicle he had hitched a ride from,

at Fox Lane and Hwy4. After a short conversation it was determined that he had

been in the company of the other two subjects just prior to being located by

Corporal Rutledge. Both had the same type of leather gloves on them. All of

these subjects had arrest records and all lived in Oklahoma City. You didn't

have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what they were up to. The male

caught with the stolen gun was booked in to Grady County Jail on felony

charges. The other two were transported back to Oklahoma City with a stern

warning about their suspected activities in our county. Since this incident

there have been no more burglaries reported in this area. In

helping keep Grady County a safer place the Excise Board and our County

Commissioners approved my request for additional personnel by increasing my

budget enough to hire an additional field deputy. My staff interviewed 9

applicants for this position and the new Deputy selected was Nickolaus Wooten. He

is a committed family man with two young children and four years of active law

enforcement experience. We

are also increasing man power in another way. Five months ago we lost our K-9

Sergeant Tim Spratt to an on duty injury. Attempting to restrain a mentally

disturbed young man for transport for a mental evaluation, Sergeant Spratt

severely injured his right shoulder while using minimal force as not to injure

the young man. Sergeant Spratt's injury required surgery to repair the damage

and while he was off his partner K-9 Kaspin was also on leave. I am pleased to

report Sergeant Spratt has completed his recovery, caught up Kaspin's training

and certification and both are back on full duty. It

has been a busy summer, as usual. We served root beer floats as a kick off for

our Feed the Children of Grady County campaign, we attended the Southern Plains

Centennial Celebration and we held our 2nd annual "Guns and Hoses"

blood drive. We want to thank everyone for coming out and donating blood. Once

again we had a very successful blood drive! This is something very near and

dear to our hearts, because saving lives is the ultimate reason we do what we

do. We appreciate your support! We also appreciate those donating to our worthy

cause of feeding our children. They are our future and they need us! We

held the Crimestoppers fundraiser. We thank all of the agencies that came out

and supported it, as well as all of you! Crimestoppers is a tool for law

enforcement, one we can utilize to help protect our citizens! Remember, if you

have a tip you'd like to report, call 405-224-8477, that's 405-224-TIPS. Also,

please go give the Grady County Crime Stoppers Facebook page a "like"! We

also had the pleasure of attending the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival parade

and the festival itself! This year we actually headed up the Rush Springs

Watermelon Festival Car & Truck show. It was a lot of fun and definitely a

learning experience!! Thanks to Lt. Chuck Berryhill and his friend, Shane

Barlow for stepping up and being our judges for the event! We

had a lot of fun at the Grady County Fair, we had the privilege to attend the

kick off banquet, which was an incredible event. Our hats are off to Peggy

McMahon and Laurie Allen for ALL of their hard work, not only for the banquet

and the fair, but for everything they do and bring to our community! We spent

all three days at the fair, seeing everyone, talking to everybody and just

having a great time in general!! One of our favorite things we were fortunate

to be able to take part in was the Grady County Centennial Fair Kids Day!! What

an awesome event!! We got to visit with numerous classes of children from all

across Grady County! Public Relations Officer Lisa Hatchett, Lt. Roy Spratt,

Sgt. Phil Blevins and I all participated in this event and we are looking

forward to doing it again next year!! I also want to thank Lt. Gary Redburn and

Lt. Chuck Berryhill for once again overseeing the security for the fair and for

working the fair with us. I appreciate everyone who came out worked the fair

for us, at the booth and on security and parking details. I also want to thank

Robinson Genetics of El Reno for donating this year's pig and Chickasha Meat

Company for once again donating the processing. Congratulations to Robert

Brewer of Chickasha on being the lucky winner of the pig!We

enjoy the opportunity to participate in community events and we thank you for

being so supportive of us when we are out and about. As always, if you need to

speak with me, my door is always open. Sheriff

Jim Weir

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 2:50 pm

We now have the programming/publishing/editing bugs worked out. We are up and running again. When we last posted we were averaging 6000 plus views per day. Spread the word and help us get that number back. Submit stories and ideas to us at our email news@chickashanow.com or give us a call 405.255.0582. Mugs will also be back in a few hours we know that site is missed by many. Advertising is available on both of those as well. Thanks for your patience.

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Friday, July 24, 2015, 4:33 pm

Following a national search and an extensive interview process, the City of Chickasha is proud to announce that Brian Zalewski has been named the next Fire Chief for the City of Chickasha. Chief Zalewski has more than 20 years of experience in the fire and emergency medical services field with 18 of those years being with the Chickasha Fire Department. His supervisory responsibilities included emergency medical services director, training, fire investigations, hazardous material response and served as the Interim Fire Chief for the last 8 months.

Chief Zalewski started his career as a volunteer with the Weatherford Fire Department while attending college at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He later served with Rush Springs and Anadarko Fire Departments before joining the Chickasha Fire Department. He also served as a critical care flight/ground paramedic for Mercy EMS.

Chief Zalewski holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Oklahoma State University as well as degrees in Municipal Fire Protection and Nursing and is currently working to finish a Master's in Public Administration. Chief Zalewski will soon start his second year in the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program.

In 2012, Chief Zalewski became a commissioned peace officer in an effort to strengthen the fire and arson investigation program within the department. He now holds Intermediate Peace Officer certification from the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) and has received hundreds of hours in fire investigation training and education.

Zalewski said, "I am very excited to hit the ground running with some of the best firefighters and paramedics in the State of Oklahoma. My vision for the department is to become a highly trained, all hazards response organization that utilizes best practices to provide excellent customer service ".

In appointing Chief Zalewski, City Manager Alan Guard stated, "Brian has served the citizens of Chickasha in an exemplary and professional manner as the interim chief these past eight months. He has been vetted through a thorough and exhaustive process against a talented and competitive pool of candidates from across the nation. Following this process, I am confident that Brian is the person to lead the Chickasha Fire Department to next level."

Chief Zalewski will assume his new command immediately. His starting salary will be $76,000.

Chief Zalewski and his wife Kim have two daughters.

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Friday, July 24, 2015, 4:27 pm

The Grady County Fairboard takes great pride in presenting the kick off to a celebration of our county fair's history and progressive expansion of the Grady County Fairgrounds Complex.

On Monday August 17th the Centennial Grady County Free Fair Week begins with a Flag Raising Ceremony. The Grady County Commissioners, Grady County Fairboard, County 4H Officers, AmPo FFA Officers, and OHCE Officers will officially raise the flag denoting the beginning celebration of 100 years of the Grady County Free Fair.

Following the Flag Raising Ceremony, a Ribbon Cutting will be held signifying the opening of the new Outdoor Arena. Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Chickasha Rodeo Foundation Members, Populous Architects, CMS Willowbrook Construction Management Team along with Financial Lenders and County Officials will join in the opening of this new facility. The outdoor arena complex includes livestock pens, bucking and roping chutes, covered grandstands, permanent seating for 1300, portable seating for 1000, concession and vendor hookups, and climate controlled office, ticket booths and restrooms.

To further add to the festivities of the morning, the group will host a Ground Breaking for the Exposition Center. This 74,000 square foot building will be fully climate controlled with a 125'x305' arena floor, event office, ticket booths, conference rooms, portable seating for 2400 and concession kitchen. Estimated completion is in 2017.

The public is welcome to attend the celebrations. Below is the schedule of events:

Monday, August 17

8:00am - Flag Raising Ceremony

8:20am - Ribbon Cutting for Outdoor Arena

8:40am - Ground Breaking for Exposition Center

9:00am - Refreshments

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