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Volume 12 Issue 34 • January 28, 2015 • Offices: 920 S.4th - Chickasha, OK • [email protected] • Phone: 405-224-7467 • Fax: 405-224-7469 • www.washitavalleyweekly.com
SaltCreek Casino celebrates two years of business
POCASSET – As SaltCreek Casino moves
into its third year of business, it continues
to offer Grady County residents a friendly
gaming experience, award winning dining,
shopping and career opportunities. This year,
casino officials expect even more visibility in
the community.
Justin Yahola, SaltCreek Casino’s general manager will soon take a role with the
Chickasha Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve
been asked to be on the Chickasha Chamber
of Commerce. This is a great opportunity to
learn more about the community and have
SaltCreek employees more active in community based projects,” said Yahola.
Most recently, the casino acted as a sponsor of the Chickasha Festival of
Lights where employees volunteered their time and efforts. They’ve also
taken part in Relay for Life, American Diabetes Association’s Tour De Cure, American
Heart Association’s Heart Walk, Angel Tree
donations, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
food drives and quarterly Oklahoma Blood
Institute blood drives. According to casino officials, fundraising efforts last year resulted in
more than $5,000 raised for non-profit organizations.
In addition to expanding community involvement, casino officials plan to add more
gaming opportunities. In February, patrons
can try their luck at Keno. “Guests may have
already noticed staff installing Keno video
monitors. It’s something we have been working on for a while behind the scenes and can’t wait to unveil it to patrons,”
See “SaltCreek” on Page 2
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“SaltCreek Casino” continued from Page 1
said Yahola. Right now, SaltCreek has more than
500 slot machines and six table games on the
gaming floor.
It’s been an exciting two years of
business and casino
staff look forward to
what the new year
has in store. “We
expect to see more
patron growth from
communities outside
Grady County. We are
also expanding our
Justin Yohala, General
brand and promotions Manager, SaltCreek Casino
through social media.
Patrons enjoy interacting with us on Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram,” said Yahola.
About SaltCreek Casino
SaltCreek Casino is located just seven and a
half miles north of Chickasha along Oklahoma
Hwy 81 near Pocasset, Okla. The facility has
more than 550 electronic games and six table
It also houses the Fork Café, the Brook Bar
and Reflections Gift Shop. SaltCreek Casino is
owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation
and is the tribe’s first economic development in
Grady County.
About the Chickasaw Nation
With more than 50,000 citizens, the Chickasaw Nation is the 12th largest federally-recognized Indian tribe in the United States. The
Chickasaw Nation had an economic impact of
more than $2.4 billion in Oklahoma in 2011. The tribe is the seventh largest employer in
Oklahoma, with more than 12,000 employees. A
democratic republic with executive, legislative
and judicial departments, the tribe’s jurisdictional
territory includes all or part of 13 counties in
south central Oklahoma.
Our Greatest Threat?
One example of President Obama’s disconnect
from reality was this claim during the State of the
Union Address: “And no challenge -- no challenge
-- poses a greater threat to future generations than
climate change.”
There is a vicious, evil enemy marauding across
the Middle East and much of Africa. Iran is aggressively pursuing nuclear weapons. Obama has doubled
the national debt and is still running deficits of half a
trillion dollars a year. And he thinks climate change is
our greatest threat.
The American people don’t see it that way. According to a recent Pew survey, Americans ranked terrorism as the most pressing concern, even ahead of the
economy and jobs. Global warming finished 22nd out
of 23 issues polled.
Gary Bauer (www.ouramericanvalues.org)
“My Community Magazine”
1 yr. old lab puppy. Missing since
wed. 1-14 around 7pm. Last seen
around Co. Rd. 1400 (Quail Rd. or
Norge Bypass). About 1 mile w.
of 16th st. Male, Yellow, Lab,very
friendly, loves to ride in vehicles.
Orange collar w/phone number,
Please call (405) 222-8820 or
(405) 224-6311, if you know
where he is at. Work dog & beloved
pet of 4 chicldren.
TEA Party Seeks
The Grady County
TEA Party is seeking
donations for a fund
raising garage sale to
be held soon. Donations may be dropped
off at the TEA Shack
located on South 4th, or
by calling Mark Keeling at 405-320-8797
and arranging for pick
up. All donations are
Pancake Day
The Chickasha Optimist Club will hold their
annual Pancake Day Fundraiser on Friday February 6th at the First Baptist
Church,, 4th and Colorado in Chickasha.
The event starts at
6:00 am and runs through
lunch time. Tickets are
$5.00 each and include
all you can eat pancakes,
sausage, and drinks. Carryout orders are
available and free delivery for multiple orders is
offered. Business delivery orders are being taken
Children under 6 eat
for free.
The Chickasha Optimist Club sponsors and
hosts “Project Graduation” the end of school
party for graduating seniors and guests. They
also donate to other youth
projects. Tickets can be purchased from any Optimist
member, Ross Seed, Mosely Real Estate or Washita Valley Publishing.
Phone orders to 405224-2222, ask for Paul.
Paul Horton is president of Chickasha Optimist.
January 28, 2015
Absentee ballots available
for Feb. 10 elections
Absentee ballots are now available for
those needing them to vote in the Tuesday,
Feb. 10 election in Grady and Caddo counties.
County election boards can accept absentee ballots through 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.
4, although Grady County Election Board
Secretary Susan Turner urges voters to apply
Absentee applications can be picked up at the Grady County office, 307 W.
Pennsylvania in Chickasha and the Caddo office at 201 W. Oklahoma, Anadarko. The form may also be downloaded from at www.elecions.ok.gov
Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which
he or she is eligible to vote. It is not necessary to give a reason or excuse for
voting absentee.
You can vote in-person absentee at election board offices on Thursday, Feb.
5 and Friday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sample ballots for the Feb. 10 election are also available for voters to study.
Races on Grady County ballots include school board races in Chickasha, Pioneer, Blanchard, Verden and Rush Springs; a council seat in Tuttle; a $400,000 transportation bond issue for Amber-Pocasset Schools and a $165,000 construction bond issue and a $235,000 transportation bond issue
for Verden Schools.
Here are the candidates in school board races in Grady County:
• In Chickasha, board Office No. 5 incumbent Doug Brown faces a challenge from Christen Roberson Clift and Office No. 2 incumbent Chris L.
Ludwell is being opposed by David Ladwig and Sheila Hoselton.
• Monty Baker and David Crawford are seeking the Pioneer School Office
No. 3 board seat.
• Five people filed for Blanchard Board Seat No. 5, including Stephen Clymer, Ami Lehman, Tom Maston, Julie Kiker, Sid Reiger and Angelia Green.
• In Verden, Cindi Wallace Nichols is running against Stacey R. Smith for
Board Seat No. 5.
• In Rush Springs, Eddie Rathun and Chris Long are seeking Board Seat
No. 5.
• In the Tuttle Municipal race, James R. Patton, Aaron McLeroy and Williams Clapper are running for the Ward 1 Council seat.
• Elections on Caddo County ballots include the Office No. 5 school board
seat for Caddo-Kiowa Tech Center between Lance Shenold and Patrick
Michael Hayes and Carnegie Schools Office No. 4 race pitting Misty D.
Boettger, Tom Adkins
and Travis Goergen.
Sample ballots can be
viewed or obtained from
Election Board offices
during regular office
hours. The ballots also
will be posted outside
each voting precinct on
Election Day.
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Greg Wallis C.P.A.
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402 S. 6th Street
Chickasha, OK 73018
Office: 405-222-5600
614 E. Central
Anadarko, OK 73005
Office: 405-247-2414
God Bless America
January 28, 2015
Death Notices
Woodrow “Woody” Avritt ...
Graveside services celebrating Woody’s
life were held on Tuesday, January 27,
2015, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha
with Esten Leonard officiating and Sam
Avritt presenting the eulogy. Visitation with family was on Monday,
January 26th at Ferguson Funeral Home in
Woodrow “Woody” Avritt, 96, of Tulsa, formerly of
Chickasha, passed Tuesday, January 20, 2015, in Tulsa,
after a short illness.
Woody was born August 16, 1918, in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and was the eighth of ten children born to Paul and
Mattie Avritt.
Woody served in the U.S. Army and the Oklahoma
National Guard. He retired in 1978 with the rank of Major. While serving he met an Army nurse, Rose Margaret Richards. They were married on April 18, 1944. In 1956, they
moved to Chickasha, making it their home for over 50
years. Rose passed away on January 11, 2013.
He worked for Roland Drilling Company, and Little
Nick Oil Company. He also served on the school board for
Chickasha Public Schools.
Woody and Rose enjoyed serving others and took mission
trips around the world to places including Russia, Israel,
Mexico and Alaska. They also hosted Family Bible Study, a
weekly television program airing on Chickasha television
for ten years. As a longtime member of Epworth Methodist
Church, Woody served on numerous boards.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice.
Services were under the direction of Ferguson Funeral
Senior Center has dances on
Thursday and Friday nights
The Chickasha Senior Citizens Community
Center, 200 N. 18th St., sponsors dances every
Thursday and Friday night from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Second Chance band plays on Thursday and
the Good ‘Ol Boys provide the music on Friday.
Admission is $5 per person.
The center also is available to rent for special
community events. Call Stella Carlisle at 405224-6625 for more information.
Complete obituaries and memorials
with pictures (when provided) are posted
on our on-line newspaper at
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Junior D. Ellis ...
Memorial services for Junior D. Ellis, 76,
of Chickasha, were held on Wednesday,
January 21, 2015 in the Ferguson Funeral
Home Chapel with Larry Hatfield officiating.
Junior D. Ellis was born on November 20,
1938 in Norge, Oklahoma to William and
Josephine (Hill) Ellis. He died on January
19, 2015 in Chickasha.
Junior grew up in Norge and graduated from Pioneer
High School. He joined the United States Army at the age
of seventeen and served four years.
On October 28, 1960, he married Bonita Trevino in
Wichita Falls, Texas.
He was self-employed as a bridge contractor for ODOT,
retiring in 2005.
Services and cremation arrangements were under the
direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.
Mary Sue Craig ...
Funeral services for Mary Sue Craig, 70, of Marlow,
were held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Glory Bound
Church, 1109 N. Broadway, Marlow, Oklahoma with Robert
Bolin officiating and David Woods assisting.
Mary Sue Craig was born on July 13, 1944 in Lindsay,
Oklahoma, to Winston Frank Rogers and Dovie Victoria
(Jolley) Rogers. She died at home on Sunday, January 18,
Mary Sue grew up in the Chickasha and Grady County
area. She married Millard George “Shorty” Craig, Jr. on
July 7, 1962 in Chickasha. For over forty years, she lived in Rush Springs. She
worked at Dorian’s Food Cannery, was a housekeeper for
various families and businesses, as well as a homemaker.
Mary Sue was a member of the Church of Christ.
Interment was in Marlow Cemetery under the direction
of Ferguson Funeral Home.
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Carolyn Marie Baker ...
Funeral services for Carolyn Marie Baker, 66, of Chickasha, were held on Monday, January 26, 2015 in the Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel with John Freeman officiating
and Cletes Doster assisting.
Carolyn Marie Baker was born on February 25, 1948 in
Chickasha, Oklahoma, the daughter of Harold Whitener
and Billie Marie (Stockton) Hunt. She passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015 in Chickasha.
Carolyn was raised and attended schools in the Chickasha and Ninnekah areas. Later in life she went to Canadian
Valley Technology Center and became a Licensed Practical
Nurse (LPN). She worked in home health for many years.
She was a Christian and a strong believer in God; she
attended and was a member of Southern Hills Baptist
Church. On September 18, 1993 in Chickasha, she and
George Baker were united in marriage.
Interment was at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin,
Oklahoma under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.
Not an all day job! My grandfather was sipping a beer when he
confessed to me he’d drunk more than usual the
day before. “What’s more than usual?” I asked.
“A case.”
“You can drink a case in a day?!”
“Well,” he grumbled defensively, “it doesn’t
take all day.”
School Foundation Business
After Hours
The Chickasha Public School Foundation last
week hosted a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours to introduce its new executive
director, JJ Francais, to the community. At right,
Chamber President Mark Rathe addresses those
attending the reception.
The CPSF was founded in 1985 has given
about $600,000 in grants to classroom teachers
since its inception. (Go to www.chickashatoday.
com for more photos from the reception)
SUV for Christmas
In January, my wife, a physician, met with an elderly patient. “So was Santa good to you?” she asked.
“Real good,” he said. “I got an SUV.”
“Yeah … Socks, Underwear, and Viagra.”
February @ the Grady County Fairgrounds
(one coupon per person per transaction)
(one coupon per person
per transaction)
Team Purebred
SW Regional
February 6-8
SW District
Livestock Show
February 18-21
For more information about these events or to book your event call
Peggy McMahan, Marketing Director, Grady County Fairgrounds at
(405)224-2031 or visit www.gradycountyfairgrounds.com
Consider Pre-Need Sevices Now
(one coupon per person per transaction)
707 East Choctaw • 405-222-0080
Across from Grady County Fairgrounds
Open Mon - Fri
8:00 a.m - 5:30 p.m
We Believe in Oklahoma
by Appointment
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“My Community Magazine”
January 28, 2015
USAO Child Development Center
taking applications
Planning begins for OHCE Week
Enrollment for the USAO Child Development Center begins Feb. 2 for the fall 2015
trimester. Designed for three- and four-year-olds, the acclaimed program stimulates
growth in multiple areas, including social, emotional and intellectual.
The Child Development Center at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will
begin receiving and processing applications for Fall 2015 enrollment beginning Feb. 2.
Application forms may be obtained at the USAO Child Development Center in Gary
Hall 101 A. Gary Hall is located at the corner of 17th Street and Alabama.
The Child Development Center is open from 9-11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring trimesters.
Enrollment for the fall trimester begins Feb. 2 and ends March 30. Fees are $500 per
child, per trimester.
Children must be at least two years of age before applying and at least three years of
age by September 1, 2015 to attend the three-year-old program and at least four years of
age by September 1, 2015 to attend the pre-kindergarten program.
Dr. Donna Gower, professor of education and director of the Child Development
Center, said the key to the successful program for three- and four-year-olds is quality.
“We continually strive for a quality program for our young children, our parents and the
college students,” Gower said.
According to Gower, the kindergarten readiness curriculum focuses on the achievement
of the following goals: enhancement of self-concept; language development; sensory acuity; motor development; concept formation; and living skills.
Teacher candidates from the USAO College of Education assist with teaching so the
student to teacher ratio is very small, giving students lots of one-on-one attention.
“Because young children have an insatiable curiosity and an urge to explore, discover
and experiment, they are provided an enriched and developmentally appropriate environment where they can make good choices,” Gower said.
The USAO Child Development Center offers children varied opportunities to learn in
physical, social, emotional
and intellectual areas. The
curriculum and the environHOME CARE SERVICES
ment are the results of careful planning based on the
“Private Special Care
knowledge of child growth
or Your Loved One”
and development.
Additional information
about the program is avail313 Chickasha Ave.
able from Gower by phone
Patti Abercrombie RN
Downtown Chickasha, OK
at (405) 574-1230.
405-222-6493 (fax)
Grady County Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) members are working on
several OHCE week
coming events. OHCE
Week is scheduled for
May 3-9, 2015. Grady
County OHCE will be
Established Since 1973
celebrating 100 years of
service to Grady County
families. OHCE Week
committee members are
(left to right): Gordona
Snow; Myrtle Elston,
Co-Chair; Donna Baker,
Co-Chair; and Shirley
Burns. For more inorah
formation about Grady
County OHCE, contact
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Grady County Extension
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January 28, 2015
Washita Valley Weekly Page
Grady County 4-H members compete
in public speaking contest
Minco Hishschool Girls basketball team celebrate their Grady County Tourna‑
ment win over Rush Springs last Saturday. Final score was Minco 50, Rush
Springs 40. Oklahoma Christian Academy Boys edged out Minco Boys 50 to 46.
(WVW photo by JJ Francais)
The Woes of Aging
The day after visiting a fair, my wife
was in agony. “You
know you’re past
your prime,” she
said, “when you hurt
all over and all you
rode was the massage
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Bee Keeping, My
Hometown and The
Constitution were just
a few of the interesting
subjects Grady County
4-H members spoke
about during the county
public speaking contest
held Saturday, January
10th at Ninnekah MiddleSchool.
Communication and
public speaking are
important life skills
taught by 4-H. Public
Presentations are used
in 4-H by both members
and leaders as ways of
sharing information,
teaching poise, and gaining selfconfidence.
Through giving public
speaking presentations,
4-H members learn to
express themselves
clearly and convincingly,
organize their ideas and
present them in a logical
order as well as research
specific topics and ideas.
4-H members compete
in 3 age categories, Beginners (9-11 years old),
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4:30am - 3pm
4:30am - 2pm
6:00am - 12 noon
Teen Leaders Illustrated
Cloverbuds – Maggie
Evans and Mesa Payne
Beginners – 1st Sage
Payne, Faithwalkers;
2nd, Bailey White,
Ninnekah; 3rd, Brooke
White, Ninnekah
Intermediate – 1st, Beth
Armstrong, Tuttle; 2nd,
Gavin Johnston, AmStephen Evan, Faithwalkers 4-H Po Sr.; 3rd Brandon
Club Presenting Basic Beekeep- Lambert,Tuttle
Advanced – 1st,
ing as Illustrated Presentation
Seth Hagler, Shootat the 2015 Grady County 4-H
ing Sports; 2nd Keely
Speech Contest.
Ratcliff, Am-Po Sr.; 3rd,
Intermediates (12-14
Conrad, Tuttle
years old) and Advanced
(15 to 19 years old) CloIntermediate – 1st, Beth
verbuds are 5 to 8 years
Armstrong, Tuttle; 2nd
old and they presented
Braden Conrad, Tuttle
but are noncompetitive.
Twenty-two 4-H mem- Advanced – 1st, Morgan
Johnston, Am-Po Sr.;
bers gave 37 presenta2nd, Ella Chaffin, Teen
tions with the following
Leaders; 3rd(tie) Breanresults:
na Conrad, Tuttle & Seth
Cloverbuds – Chase Pat- Hagler, Shooting Sports
For more information
terson, Tuttle
Beginners – 1st Chandler about 4-H Youth Development, please contact
Patterson, Tuttle
Intermediate – 1st, Blake the Grady County OSU
Cooperative Extension
White, Ninnekah; 2nd,
Service at (405) 224Nathan Ratcliff, Am-Po
Sr.; 3rd, Colten Lumpkin, 2216. We are located at
828 West Choctaw in
Advanced – 1st, Ella
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404 South 29th • P.O. Box 400
Chickasha, OK 73023
405-224-1717 • Fax: 405-224-9362
720 W Choctaw, Chickasha
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“My Community Magazine”
January 28, 2015
Buy - Sell - Trade
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Classified Ads in This Section are Priced at $5 for
the first 15 words. 25¢
each word over 15 words.
Drop your ad by our Office at 920 S 4th in Chickasha or call 405-224-7467
with a Credit Card. “Lets
Sell Something Today!”
(Commercial and Business
Ads slightly higher)
For Sale: Heavy Duty
wood racks for fireplaces
and smokers. 405-3202197. (7) ______________________
Fuel Tank and 12 Volt
Fuel pump for Chevy extra
cab pickup. GM all factory
installed original in 2010
will fit several years model. Bothy for $100. 405-2550332, 405-613-7872. (02) ______________________
Want to Buy Hay. Round
or square bales. 405-5746180. Leave message if no
answer. (04)
Looking For A Pet? Call
or stop by Chickasha Animal Shelter. We have lots of
pups and loving pets. 203
N. Genevieve, Chickasha or
Call 405-222-6093.
2002 Lincoln Navigator,
loaded, 4WD, leather, heat
& cool seats, more. See at
920 South 4th, Chickasha or
call 405-320-1539.
I Buy Vintage Mens watches, guns, pre 1920 postcards, antiques and items of
interest. Call Dan 405-5742543. (tfn)
‘94 Chevy Extended Cab
pickup, 75,600 miles, very
clean, 1 owner, runs great.
$3,750. 405-320-4691. (04)
household items. 823
Choctaw Avenue, Chickasha. Monday - Saturday
9am-12/1-4pm. (tfn)
1994 Chevy Camaro, 164K
miles, V-6, teal green, good
tires, alloys, needs work. $1,500 obo. 405-785-2244,
leave message.
Larry’s Coins Want to
Buy Silver Dollars. 405248-1985. ( 08)
We would like to have
your Spencer Grocery receipts and your Best Choice
Brand UPC Barcode Labels
for Friends Fur Change. Call Stephanie, 405-3200037.
Concrete Work & Tree
curbs, etc. Free estimates
and reasonable rates. Call
Scott, 405-779-4293. (tfn)
Want to Buy: 1962, 1963,
1964 Duncan High School
Annuals. Please call Paul at
580-476-3404. (02)
used cars. Paying the most
cash. Call first or last, we
still pay the most - $150 and
up for your junk auto. No
title? That’s OK, we will
still have it gone today. Call
Jimmy at 580-514-1974. (tfn)
Full Sheet Elvis Stamps,
$50. New scroll saw, $100. Silver dollars, $35 each. Call 405-201-3475. (4)
for Cattle. 405-274-6566.
For Sale: Large Cast Iron
Autocrat wood burning
stove with blower fan, $500. Call 405-863-7799. (04)
For Sale: Entertainment
center with tv, coffee tables,
and various other tables. 405-224-6596. (4)
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anger, but a wise man keeps
himself under control.”
“Proverbs 29:11 (NIV)
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Our experienced Mom
will care for your
child. Fenced yard,
meals, and smacks
Dog for sale: eats
anything and is fond of
Man wanted to work in
dynamite factory. Must
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Auto Repair Service.
Free pick-up and delivery. Try us once, you’ll
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Semi-Annual afterChristmas Sale.
3-year old teacher
needed for pre-school.
Experience preferred.
Mixing bowl set designed to please a cook
with round bottom for
efficient beating.
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Firewood for Sale
Delivery Available
Tree Trimming • Tree Removal
• Crown Reduction • Stump Grinding
• Flower Beds • Landscaping
• Arial Lifts Available
Help Wanted
Employment Opportunities
At Tuttle Plant
620 N. CimarroN rd.
Badgett Corporation,
located at 4009 S. 4th
Street in Chickasha,
currently has openings for experienced
(3-5 years) operators
on our multi-spindle
Acme-Gridley Screw
Machines. Qualified
candidates would be
required to read blueprints, replace/adjust
tools, use required
mics and gages, etc.
We offer competitive
wages and benefits.
Salary DOE. Interested
candidates may apply
in person or
forward a resume to
P.O. Box 730, Chickasha, OK 73023, Attn:
Human Resources.
Badgett Corporation is
an Equal Opportunity
Small Non-Denominational Church in Chickasha,
Ok, seeking ordained
Pastor & Wife. Must live
locally & have ministry
Assisted Living
is taking
applications for
CNA - all shifts
M - F.
CMA’s Relief on
all shifts. Benefits
include vacation,
sick pay, affordable
health insurance.
Apply in person.
at 404 S. 29th St.
The University of Science and
Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha
is accepting applications for a
full-time Security Officer. Must
have a High School level education and two years’ experience
in security, law enforcement, or
other relatable area, or a Bachelor’s degree. A notice of vacancy
detailing job responsibilities and
application procedure is available
from the Personnel Office
(405-574-1211) and on our
website www.usao.edu/
employment. Application
review will begin January 30,
2015 and continue until position
is filled. AA/EOE
Chickasha Nursing
Accepting applications
for: CNA - LPN
Weekend Relief RN
We Offer:
Shift & Weekend
Health Benefits
Apply in Person at:
2701 S. 9th St. EOE
You Found It!
The Home of the $5 Classified Ad
January 28, 2015
Help Wanted
Employment Opportunities
Career Change? Let Us Help!
Apply online at www.expresspros.com
301 South 2nd - Chickasha
Glenhaven Nursing &
3003 W. Iowa
is taking applications
for the following:
LPN - 3-11 shifts.
CNA - All shifts,
Monday - Friday.
CMA’s - Relief on
all shifts. Looking
for qualified candidates who are caring
and want to make
a difference for our
Benefits include vacation, sick pay, affordable health insurance.
Apply in Person.
The Oklahoma
Turnpike Authority
is seeking applicants
for the positions of
Transportation Equipment Operator, on
the HE Bailey Turnpike at the Chickasha
maintenance facility. Applicants must
possess or obtain a
class A CDL within
five months of appointment. They must
pass a drug and
physical test. Starting monthly salary is
$1,998.49 + $55 on
call pay. Call 1-405224-4964 Monday
through Friday
8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.
for more
Grady County GOP Convention Set
The Grady County Republican Party will hold
their Precinct meetings and County Convention
on February 12, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Canadian Valley Technology Center.
The precinct meetings are held to elect precinct leaders. The county convention is held to
elect county officials, district and state committee representatives and to certify delegates to the
Oklahoma State GOP Convention.
The State Republican Convention will be held
in Oklahoma City on April 11.
Participants in the county activities will be
required to show proof of voter registration and
affiliation (Republican). Your voter ID card is
the appropriate proof of registration.
Registration and credentials will be handled
by Letitia Bugner and Dotty Merchant. Joyce
Stockton is secretary and Dwain Sehon is Chairman of Grady County GOP.
All Republicans are welcome to attend county
meetings each month. For more information see
the Grady County Republican Party facebook
page or email us at [email protected]
Canadian Valley Technology Center is located
at 1401 Michigan Avenue in Chickasha.
Savings on Everything
405 W. Arkansas Ave.
Chickasha, OK
This Newsletter
is Gluten Free
The gluten free craze
is out of control. Marketers have jumped on it
to squeeze a little more
profit by charging more.
Many foods, such
as avocados, that are
naturally gluten free are
being sold to the gullible
as gluten free, I have
even seen gluten free dog
food! A local gas station
is having some fun by
posting a sign that reads
“Our Gasoline is Gluten
The kicker is that
only a small fraction of
the population is gluten
sensitive. The rest are
paying a bonus to avoid a
dietary boogie man. The
marketers are smiling.
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This Year’s Winner is ....?
The search
is on for
Citizen of
the Year,
Volunteer of
the Year and
the Chickasha
Civic Hall of Fame.
Do you know someone living in Chickasha who, over a long span of time and beyond the
duties of their regular employment, has exhibited
generous community spirit and a commitment to
improving the quality of life for the citizens of
Chickasha and the entire community? Someone
who demonstrates outstanding leadership, citizenship, vision, civic pride and a strong commitment to a better Chickasha and whose volunteerism and community involvement has had
a positive influence and improved the quality of
life for individuals in Chickasha.
The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce is
seeking nominations for a person who might
go largely unknown to the majority of the community, and yet quietly performs tasks that make
Chickasha a better place to live, work and play.
If you know someone who deserves the recognition, we invite you to submit a nomination for
these awards. Deadline for the nomination is February 6,
2015. The award recipient’s identity will be kept
secret until it is announced and the recipients will
be honored at the February 27, 2015 Chickasha
Chamber of Commerce annual banquet at the
USAO Ballroom.
To nominate someone contact the Chickasha
Chamber of Commerce at 221 Chickasha Ave. no
later than 5 p.m., Friday February 6th.
See More, Read More, Learn More!
George Carlin’s view of aging
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Do you realize that the only time in
our lives when we like to get old is when
we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years
old, you’re so excited about aging that
you think in fractions. “How old are
you?” “I’m four and a half!” You’re never
thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a
half, going on five! That’s the key.
You get into your teens, now they can’t
hold you back. You jump to the next
number, or even a few ahead. “How old George Carlin (1937-2009) American co‑
are you?” “I’m gonna be 16!” You could median, social critic, actor and author.
be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16!
And then the greatest day of your life...you become 21. Even the words
sound like a ceremony...YOU BECOME 21...YESSSS!!!
But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound
like bad milk. He TURNED, we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now,
you’re just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?
You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put
on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50...
and your dreams are gone.
But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!
So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to
You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-byday thing; you HIT Wednesday!
You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch;
you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.
And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; “I was
JUST 92.”
Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. “I’m 100 and a half!”
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!
We Believe in Oklahoma
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“My Community Magazine”
From the Sheriff’s Desk
Grady County Sheriff
Jim Weir
with dwain sehon
Office: 405-222-5085
Emergency: 911
The comments and subject matter expressed in Dwain Sehon’s Grady-Ville column is that of his own
choosing and opinion. You can contact Dwain at [email protected]
Being Prepared
January 28, 2015
I lived on the West coast for a while where the earthquakes are a little
larger than here in Oklahoma. Sure enough one day a large one hit that
was quite close to the six mark on the scale. Our building shook for what
seemed to be quite a bit longer than the previous events we had experienced. We were required to have emergency plans since we were larger than
100 employees, and the procedure required that everyone evacuate the
building. All of the supervisors quickly gathered their employees and took
a preplanned path out through the emergency exits (avoiding the main
entrance since it had a glass skylight over it that might be dangerous). They were then responsible for getting a head count outdoors while the
maintenance crew and I did one last sweep to make sure all the supervisors
got out and the building was clear. There always seemed to be at least one
person who was left sitting at his computer terminal oblivious to what had
happened and had worked right through it (or chosen to ignore it). Often
they didn’t want to go outside with the others and I had to firmly convince
them by saying “either get up and go immediately or you are fired” (they
knew I had the authority to do it). We all met outside and after a sufficient amount of time the maintenance
crew went back in to make sure that everything was safe for us to reenter
the building. The building was only a few years old and came through with
no damage (and the guy didn’t lose any work that he left on his computer).
As a part of being prepared for emergencies all of our supervisors and
management had to go through CPR training and be familiar with how to
respond in a variety of emergency scenarios. We never knew when someone might start choking in the lunch room, or have a medical problem
that required a rapid response. Our personnel department arranged these
classes with the local health care authorities and we made the classes open
to all employees. Over the years there were several times when the training
paid off.
Right here in Grady County we occasionally have severe weather events
or emergencies. Hopefully nothing will happen in your neighborhood, but
someday you might be the only one near to help a friend or a neighbor. If you are physically able, I hope that you will participate in CPR training when it is available. (Taking a refresher course is a great idea too, if
you are already trained.) That awful day might come and it could take
quite a while for help to arrive - you may be the one that makes the difference. The more people in our community that can assist in emergencies,
the better. After all it might be you or me that need help the next time.
I understand that people in general do not like change, however, I plan on making a few changes to enhance security at the Grady County Court House, for both
the employees and daily visitors safety. I thought I would use this opportunity to
explain some of these changes. I believe we can all agree there is a lot of unrest
in the world and a lot of it is affecting us here in America. Unfortunately, many
times this unrest translates into violence which is directed at the government. Our
county court house is one of the most predominate icons of government in the
county which could make it a possible target. Over the next several months we
will be tightening security in numerous ways.
One of the first things you will see are signs at the public entrances. One of the
signs state “No Weapons Allowed” with pictures and a verbal explanation, then it
goes on to say all persons and bags are subject to search. The second sign will be
posted directly beneath the first. This one states “no hoodies”, “no sunglasses”,
“no hats”, and a picture representing them with a red line through each. The
caption tries to clarify by saying “No apparel of any type that would conceal a
persons identity is allowed and items will be subject to search”.
Rest assured common sense will prevail. Of course you can wear a hoodie, but
the hood part must be put down as you enter. There is going to be a new camera
system installed in the coming weeks allowing us to monitor every part of the
court house. We won’t allow any clothing or apparel that would keep a person’s
face concealed from these cameras or law enforcement. These cameras will be
recording constantly. Eventually as finances dictate more restrictions may come.
My staff and I will do our best to make these changes as smooth as possible.
The Grady County Sheriff’s Office now has a School Resource Officer in the
Tuttle school systems. Deputy Dick Lee is now a part time School Resource
Officer for Tuttle. We are happy to now provide Deputies as School Resource
Officers to Tuttle, Bridge Creek and the Canadian Valley Technology Center in
Chickasha. We also held our Grady County Sheriff’s Office blood drive for OBI. Zelda
McCall with OBI contacted our office and informed us that they were in dire need
and it was an emergency situation. We knew we definitely needed to help them
out at that point! We had 25 donors give blood that day, including Undersheriff
Rusty Pyle and myself! Helping others is something both he and I believe in very
Speaking of which, we were able to help our local children out this year, as well
as a few families. Almost 700 children on the backpack program in our Grady
County schools were in need and thanks to generous donations; we were able to
make sure they were given a food basket for the holidays. We spent a couple of
days putting these food sacks together in our warehouse. Sgt. Michael Poe, Sgt.
Darrell Pitchford, Sgt. Phil Blevins, Corporal Tommy Rutledge, Deputy Raymond
Newport, Public Relations Officer Lisa Hatchett, my wife Sharon Weir and I put
them together and delivered them to every school in Grady County. We were also
notified there were several families in need and we were asked to help them. We
also helped those five families with their food for the Christmas holiday.
We are busy working on our new Sheriff’s Office as well. The county closed
on the former Chickasha Express Star building and we have been busy working
on it and getting ready to move in. We are all very excited to have such a beautiful building with a rich history to call our new home! As always, my door is open
to you. If you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact me. Call or
come by my office, I’m always happy to visit with our citizens!
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While visiting, my father asked for the password to our
“It’s taped under the modem,” I told him.
After three failed attempts to log on, he asked, “Am I spelling this right? T-A-P-E-D-U-N-D-E-R-T-H-E-M-O-D-E-M?”
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