Monday, January 27th
New Chix Superintendent Discusses First Super Role
Chickasha schools are in a period of transition, as the district awaits the full-time arrival of the district’s new superintendent. Rick Croslin was hired for the post earlier this month, and is currently spending a couple of days a week in Chickasha to help with the learning curve. He'll be in the district full-time right after spring break in March. Croslin has a lengthy education background and says that will help guide him in what will be his first ever superintendent's position.
Croslin is pursuing his master's degree in education at the University of Oklahoma.
Child Critical After Weekend Traffic Accident
An 8-year old boy was hospitalized in critical condition over the weekend following a traffic accident east of Chickasha. The child was taken by ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital. The highway patrol did not release the boy's name. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the junction of U.S. Highway 62 and CS 2940, which is the Alex turnoff. The child was a passenger in a car driven by 28-year old Amber Erickson of Blanchard. The highway patrol reports that Erickson was westbound on the highway, and attempted to turn in front of an oncoming pickup driven by 56-year old Max Pierce of Norman. Erickson was taken to a hospital where she was treated and released. Pierce was not hurt.
Five Hurt in Crash Near Dibble
Another traffic accident occurred Saturday afternoon near State Highway 39 about a mile west of the Grady and McClain County line. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said five people were taken to the hospital by ambulance. Their names were not available and it wasn't clear how serious the injuries were. That crash occurred about 5:00 p.m. Saturday and happened about a mile south of State Highway 39 on CR 2980.
Missing Tuttle Man is Found
Good news out of Tuttle - as officials say that a man reported missing last week has been found. 67-year old Mark Brown went missing from his home last Wednesday. A Tuttle police dispatcher didn't have any details, only to say that Brown has been located.
Fire Crews Battle House and Wildland Fires
Firefighters were summoned to a house fire east of Ninnekah on Saturday. The home was fully involved when fire crews arrived at the home owned by Milford Scott. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department said Ninnekah and Alex fire departments sent a total of 15 firefighters and eight trucks to the scene. Myers said they had to implement defensive tactics to prevent the fire from spreading. The cause of the blaze is under investigation but it's initially being blamed on an electrical issue. Other volunteer departments were summoned to wildland fires in the Pioneer area and west of Rush Springs. The Pioneer Fire Department was dispatched to the 800 block of CR 1400 where five firefighters with two trucks had that under control in about 45 minutes. The fire west of Rush Springs was near State Highway 17 and CR 1540. The Acme Fire Department sent three firefighters and two trucks and had that fire under control in about 30 minutes. Myers said that on Saturday alone, Grady County volunteer fire fighters spent more than 100 hours in the field.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $54.18 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $60.69.
Natural gas is $1.89 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,589 and silver is $18.29.
Obituaries today include 105-year old Noble Prather of Chickasha. He was a World War II veteran serving the U.S. Army and Air Corps. Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 28th at Sevier Funeral Home.
A private service will be held for 59-year old Gregory “Greg” Poag of Chickasha. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.