No serious injuries in early morning accident

The H. E. Bailey turnpike was the scene of a minor injury accident in the early morning hours.

A 2006 Chevrolet car was Eastbound on I-44 between mile markers 74 - 75 when the driver apparently fell asleep. The Chevrolet then left the roadway became airborne landing outside the turnpike fence approximately 150 feet from the paved portion of the interstate.

Both of the occupants of the vehicle walked to the Chickasha EMS unit on scene to be checked/treated. Both refused transportion to a medical facility.

Units from Chickasha Fire/EMS, OHP, Grady County SO, grady County Fire Pioneer Station and command staff responded to the accident.

The last units cleared the location after 2 hours 15 minutes.

Road conditions did not appear to be a factor in this accident. The pavement was dry and clear.

Emergency responders from all groups are encouraging sleepy/tired drivers to find a place to rest instead of attempting to push themselves beyond their limits.


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Open Door Policy Release

With the embarrassing policies reported in the beginning weeks of the legislative session, this should be a wake-up call that voter apathy is harming Oklahoma. In this immediate past General Election, Oklahoma saw the worst voter turnout in our recorded history. This rate of 40.7 percent of registered voters going to the polls signaled one of the worst state levels of electoral apathy.

While this news was bad, it shows a developing trend. We need only look back one election cycle to see more concern. The U.S. Census Bureau reported of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., Oklahoma ranked 49th in eligible voter turnout. Only two other states, Hawaii and West Virginia, had poorer performances. Statistics published by Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform show voting rates for all age groups declined from 2008 to 2012 except 65 to 74 year olds. The rate of increase in this age group grew from 68.1 percent to 80.7 percent. While that is extremely admirable, Oklahomans age 18 to 24 voted at a rate of 41 percent in 2008, but declined four years later to a 27 percent rate. This simply must improve if younger Oklahomans want to be taken seriously by elected officials.

I applaud those who consider it their duty and an bligation to vote. I still remain an optimist that Oklahoma can overcome this electoral apathy. It seems people tend to vote out of anger, fear, or a sense of civic duty. We must encourage more of the latter. We also need informed voters going to the polls.

Many Americans refuse to consider seeking an elected position, citing a frustration with the system or that they cannot make a difference. While Iagree it is difficult for one person to make significant changes, our strength has always been in numbers when seeking an improvement for policies or officeholders.

If you want to initiate positive change, you can begin with your political party.

If you are a registered Republican, you need to attend upcoming county meetings. Following those, the state Republican Convention will be held on Saturday, April 11. More information can be found at or contact their office at (405) 528-3501.

If you are a registered Democrat, the precinct meetings will be held Thursday, March 12 at different locations around the state. County Conventions will be Saturday, April 11, where delegates are selected for the five District Conventions to be held Saturday, May 2nd and 9th.

The Democratic Party State Convention will be held on Saturday, May 30th and details are being set. More information is located at or you can call their office at (405) 427-3366.

Many Oklahomans choose not to join either of the two major parties. You need to contact your legislators if you would like to see ballot access reform for more opportunities in this area.

I would ask for one final request. If you are a concerned parent, educator or student, join me at the education rally set for March 30 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. It is organized endeavors such as this where we can demand responsible, intelligent policies from our politicians as one voice.

Show up and bring a positive influence! Your voice might make the difference in shaping better policies and ending the shame we are experiencing. Be a part of the solution!

Joe Dorman served House District 65 as their state representative for twelve years. He was the 2014 Democratic nominee for Governor of Oklahoma


Origami class age change

Creative Origami Boxes

CAAC's FREE First Saturday Morning Art Class

Children, ages 7 to 12, will have fun learning about the intriguing history of Japanese Origami and will practice the nine steps involved in folding and creating colorful and useful Origami Boxes.

The next First Saturday Morning Art Class for children who are 7 to 12 years of age is Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10 to 11:30 am in the Parish Hall of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, located at 124 S. 6th. Enter on the south side, which is Kansas Street.

Adult caregivers are to accompany and stay with their children for the class.

This is a FREE arts class for children and is sponsored and facilitated monthly by the Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC), a non-profit organization.

Angela Moore, a CAAC Director and Art Teacher at Ninnekah High School since 2011, will be leading the class. Ms. Moore is a 2006 graduate of USAO with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received her Education degree in 2008. In 2012 and 2013 she worked with Artscope, the two week arts day camp on the USAO campus for 8 to 12 year old children.

The Japanese Origami class is limited to 15 children and pre-registration is required. A 'wait list' will be made.

Reservations are to be made by calling Susan G. at 405-222-4797 or by emailing her at

Give the (1) name of child, (2) birthday, age or grade 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 returned to those registering by email.

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 the monthly First Saturday Morning Art Classes for children.


Chickasha Community Theatre presents

"How The West Was Dun", an hilarious melodrama/spoof on Hollywood westerns, this week March 6, 7, and 8 at the Washita Theatre in downtown Chickasha.

Show times are 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2:00pm on Sunday.

Tickets are $12 adults, $6 youth, and can be purchased at Jay's Jewelry downtown Chickasha, at the door, or NOW online at

Fun and family friendly! Thank you for your continue support of the performing arts.


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Another traffic accident

Chickasha EMS and firefighter/first response units were dispatched to the intersection of South 16th street and U.S. Highway 81 just after 10:30 p.m. last night.

Grady County Dispatch had received a phone call from a truck driver that stated something had just hit his truck from behind and he was not sure if they were injured.

Initial radio traffic indicated that tools may be needed for extrication. However upon further investigation simpler techniques were used to remove the victim. He was conscious, alert, oriented and in pain complaining of leg pain.

Chickasha EMS transported the injuried party to Grady Memorial Hospital for initial treatment. It is unknown at this time if he was simply admitted or transferred to a different medical facility.

Ninnekah Police Department is investigating the cause of this accident.


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Chickasha little league announces sign up dates

CHICKASHA LITTLE LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 60th Anniversary season set to begin

Chickasha Little League baseball will celebrate it's 60th anniversary in 2015, and registration is now underway. Sign ups for ages 5 to 15 will be held Tuesday, March 3rd at the Chickasha Public Library from 6-8pm, and again on Saturday, March 7th from 1-3.

A final registration date is set for March 10th from 6-8pm. Registration fee is $50.

The league provides each player's shirt and cap, and all games are played in Chickasha at the Sports Complex. Divisions include Tee ball for 5 and 6 year olds (must be 5 by May 1), Machine Pitch for 7-9 year olds (cannot turn 10 before May 1), Majors/player pitch for 10-12 year olds (cannot turn 13 before May 1) and Senior League for players 13-15.

Anyone wanting more information or interested in coaching, umpiring or sponsoring a team can call Bruce McGrew at (405) 243-7252.

Updates are also available on Facebook/Chickasha Little League.

The Chickasha Little League program officially began in 1955.


Structure Fire

Around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon units from Amber Fire Department, GCFD Friend and Pocasset stations responded to a reported structure fire in Amber.

The fire was at 408 East 6th street in Amber.

GCFD is on automatic aid with Amber for now as a result of the water towers in Amber being repaired.

First arriving units confined the fire to the hot water heater area.

A good job of responding and working the fire was done especially in the weather and road conditions we are experiencing in Grady County at this time.


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Motor Vehicle Accidents

Chickasha PD, Municipal Police Departments within Grady County, Fire Departments, EMS Units, Grady County Sheriff's Units as well as Oklahoma State Troopers have been busy the last few days working numerous weather related incidents.

This one was a single vehicle that occurred on West Grand when the driver of the pickup lost control on the ice left the roadway struck a utility pole then crashed through a fence.

Roadways will remain slick and hazardous at least in spots until we get significant hours of above freezing weather.

Please use caution while traveling by vehicle or on foot.


December Fatality Report

Fatality report for the month of December Department of Public Safety officials report 52 traffic-related fatalities in December 2014 compared to 45 in the same month last year.

Six pedestrians died in crashes during the month of December. The highest daily fatality numbers include 11 deaths on Wednesdays dropping to 10 on Mondays and Fridays. There were six days in the month of December with no reported fatalities.

Two of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related. Forty-eight of the fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and four nonresidents. There were 33 male and 18 female victims. Four of the fatality victims were under the age of 20. The 61 - to 70-year-old age group led the fatality count with 11.

Oklahoma County led the state with a total of eight fatalities, followed by Tulsa County with seven. The highest number of fatalities occurred on city streets with 13. There were 12 fatalities on state highways.

Fifty-four percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.


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