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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Friday, July 24, 2015, 4:24 pm

Duncan, Oklahoma - On July 24, 2015 the District Attorney's Drug and Violent Crime Task Force ended an nine (9) month investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in Stephens County. The investigation was conducted by investigators with the District Attorney's Task Force and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD). The investigation led to the filing of charges against forty-eight (48) people. The charges included distribution of methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine.

The District Attorney's Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the OBNDD were joined by the following agencies in the execution of arrest and search warrants on July 24, 2015: Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Federal Marshall's Office, Office of Inspector General ~ Housing and Urban Development, Duncan Police Department, Stephens County Sheriff's Office, Marlow Police Department, Comanche Police Department. Jason Hicks, District Attorney said "I want to take the opportunity and say 'Thank You' to all of the agencies involved in the execution of the search and arrest warrants. I would also like to extend a special Thanks to the OBNDD for their assistance in this investigation. When all of our law enforcement agencies come together we can accomplish a lot."

Of the 48 people charged, 9 were arrested prior to the execution of the warrants. Those charged will be presented to the Court for an initial appearance wherein the Court will set bond for each defendant. Additionally, the Court will schedule a preliminary hearing conference for each defendant.

Hicks noted that he wants this operation to send a message to those who seek to distribute methamphetamine in his district. "The distribution and trafficking of methamphetamine are epidemics in this State and my staff and I will continue to work at ridding our area of this poison. We have no tolerance and will do what we can to incarcerate those who are selling and trafficking methamphetamine in the area."

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Friday, July 24, 2015, 4:20 pm

Tulsa, Oklahoma: District Attorney Jason Hicks was awarded the David Moss Memorial Award for Outstanding District Attorney by the Oklahoma District Attorney's Association. The award is presented annually to an elected District Attorney for their performance in office. The criteria for the award includes: integrity in the conduct of his/her office; dedication to the ideals of public service; professionalism in the exercise of prosecutorial duties; service to the Oklahoma District Attorney's Association; success in office, typified by both quality and quantity; ability to deal with both sides in an adversarial situation effectively and fairly; public service in the community, county, district, i.e., the ability to take the office to the people; and/or, ability to represent the citizenry of the district in the courtroom. The best example of the highest law enforcement official of his/her jurisdiction.

Hicks noted that he was honored to be recognized by his colleagues for his work. "I am honored and humbled by the confidence of my fellow District Attorneys in awarding me the David Moss Memorial Award. It is my privilege to serve the people of District 6 as their District Attorney and I look forward to continuing in that role well into the future."

District Attorney Chris Ross presented the award to Hicks during a luncheon on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the District Attorney's annual summer conference. Ross noted that Hicks prosecuted several high profile murder cases over the last year and that he represented his District and the State of Oklahoma with honor and respect.

The David Moss Memorial Award is named in honor of former 14 1/2-year Tulsa County District Attorney David Moss, who was known in the state for his integrity, honesty and work ethic. Moss died suddenly in 1995 of a heart attack. Moss, too, stressed community involvement, which included teaching a teen Sunday school class that included some of the troubled teens he became acquainted with as a prosecutor.

Hicks serves as a board member on the Southwest Regional Child Fatality Review Board, the Youth Services for Stephens County Board of Directors, the Oklahoma District Attorney's Association Board of Directors, the Technology Committee for the District Attorney's Council, among various other boards and committees with which he is involved.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015, 9:20 am

This is a no cost family event.

There will be many activities for all to participate in at no cost to anyone.

Crimestoppers operates on donations only even though there is no cost to participate donation buckets will be available.

All of the food, drinks, fun for all.

Dunk tank, silent auction, smash a sherrifs vehicle with a sledge hammer.

Emergency vehicles will be on display for you to touch, look at, get any questions answered, etc.

Dunk tank victims will include people from the District Attorney's office, Sheriff's office, Police departments from around the county, etc. There is no cost to attempt to dunk any of the victims.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015, 9:04 am

CHICKASHA, Okla. - Members of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education group met

recently in Norman for their annual statewide meeting. While there, the group

elected its new officers for 2014-2015. New officers are, front row, left to right,

Phyllis Tunender, Promotional Sales Chairman; Pat Chapman, Editor; Mary Deken,

Vice-President for Programs; Debbie Mote, President-Elect; Shirley Burns, President

and Grady County OHCE member; Dee Porter, Secretary; Sheila Ely, Parliamentarian;

Sue Rendel, Treasurer; and Vina Spickler, Treasurer-Elect. Second row, left to

right, Joyce Hinse, Historian; Madaline Kropff, Reports and Awards Chairman; Terrie

DeShazo, State Project Co-Chairman; Mary Bacon, Cultural Enrichment Chairman; Kathy

Fentress, Southeast District Representative; Marie Jones, Family Issues Chairman;

and Margaret Scott, Handbook Chairman. Third row, left to right, Javonna Earsom,

Membership Chairman; Donna Jones, By-Laws Chairman and CWC Planning Committee

Chairman; LeAnn Smith, Resource Management Chairman; Sandy Pogue, Southwest District

Representative; and Pam Vaughan, Nominating Committee Chairman. (Photo by Todd

Johnson, Agricultural Communications Services)

Oklahoma State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, State and Local

Governments Cooperating: The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offers its

programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin,

religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran, and is an equal opportunity

employer.

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Susan Routh

Grady County Extension Service

828 W. Choctaw

Chickasha, OK 73018

224-2216

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Thursday, July 23, 2015, 9:00 am

Pre-Engineering Added At CHS This Year

CHICKASHA - So you wanna be an engineer?

The road includes a slew of decisions, not the least of which includes advanced placement courses that will help jockey for position at the best colleges.

Now there's another local option to cover critical steps leading up to engineering school.

A unique partnership between Chickasha High School and CV Tech begins this year. CHS sophomores who are interested in an engineering career can enroll now in CV Tech's new Pre-Engineering program, and the first year of the three-year program will be taught at the high school.

Instructor Julia Cook will teach Algebra II and Introduction to Engineering Design.

Students continue on with their junior and senior years at CV Tech for three hours each day. Coursework includes AP Physics (C) and AP Calculus (BC).

"I grew up in a small school in north Missouri and graduated with 26 people," Cook said. "I didn't have opportunities like this. I am so gratified that I get the opportunity to provide upper-level courses like these for our area students."

CV Tech's Cowan Campus in Yukon has provided Pre-Engineering for the past nine years. Up until now, only Tuttle students could be transported there for Pre-Engineering, due to time and distance constraints.

Seth Booth, a 2008 CV Tech and Tuttle High School graduate went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is now a computer science engineer for a company in Ann Arbor, Mich. Besides MIT, others have finished the program and gone on to engineering schools at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Cal Berkeley, Texas Tech, Tulsa, the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Missouri Science and Technology, among others.

The industry need far outweighs the number of graduates completing degrees, said CV Tech's Chickasha Campus Student Services Director Ronnie Bogle.

"This program partnership is special, because what we're doing is all about students," he said. "There are many academically gifted students who will benefit from this very targeted math and science education."

Roughly half of bachelor's degree candidates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leave the field before completing a college degree, according to a 2013 study conducted by the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics.

Bogle said Pre-Engineering prepares students for college success, because students in the program focus on engineering concepts every day.

Cook said the curriculum is challenging but fun and include dozens of hands-on projects and robotics. Students will be prepared for a broad spectrum of careers.

"There are so many engineering fields, from geological to computer and biomedical to chemical," she said. "We will even cover some drafting principles. I am really encouraging students with mechanical ability who have a desire to work to also consider the program."

Cook said the program is not designed just for straight-A students, but she promises the coursework will challenge even the very best students.

Cook's undergraduate degree is in geology and geophysics, and she earned a Master's Degree in Physics from Missouri S&T.

She has a combined five years experience in the classroom and in teaching online courses. She most recently taught AP Physics and general Physics at Choctaw High School. Before that, she was an engineer at Halliburton with primary duties of identifying shale fields.

Class sizes will be limited to between 15 and 20 students.

"This is a Pre-Engineering program that is closely tied with collegiate training," Cook said. "Students will be getting the foundation for problem solving and knowing how to design something and for researching."

Chickasha sophomores interested in enrolling in Pre-Engineering are encouraged to call CV Tech counselor Traci McNeff at 224-7553.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015, 8:58 am

For immediate release

Tulsa- The State of Oklahoma has identified impaired driving as one of

it's top traffic safety concerns. This is due to an average of 4,500

alcohol-related crashes and 220 alcohol-related fatalities annually.

Officials are developing statewide goals that represent verifiable

improvements with impaired driving and incorporate all facets of the

impaired driving system.

As part of a statewide enforcement effort, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol,

Tulsa Police, and Bixby Police will be operating a ENDUI special

enforcement/Checkpoint patrol on Saturday 25th, from 10:00 PM until 3:00

AM at 5th Place and Lewis Ave in Tulsa County.

Trooper Russell Callicoat #296

Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Troop V/ Tulsa Co Impaired Driving Liaison

Work: 918-627-0440

Cell: 405-990-0345

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Thursday, July 23, 2015, 8:53 am

Would you please include the following article as a PSA?

Chickasha Community Theatre will present Disney's "THE LITTLE MERMAID JR" on August 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30pm and August 16 at 2:00pm in the historic Washita Theatre, 509 Chickasha Avenue in downtown Chickasha, OK. Tickets are $12/adult and $6/youth age 4-18. Advance sale tickets are available at Jay's Jewelry downtown Chickasha, and may be purchased at the door. The story of the Little Mermaid is widely known and loved. Ariel, daughter of King Triton, is dissatisfied with life in the sea. She longs to be with the humans above the surface. When he father forbids her to go on land, Ariel visits Ursula, the Sea witch, whom her father had banished. She gives Ariel a chance to win the love of the prince. Little does Ariel know Ursula has bigger plans for this mermaid and her father. Performed solely by youth ages 5-18, this production is guaranteed to please both young and old alike.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of the performing arts in Chickasha and Southwest Oklahoma!

Bill Ohl

On behalf of Chickasha Community Theatre

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