Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax issued a voter alert today, warning voters about a text message that was received by a voter last Friday, that falsely claimed the voter’s polling place had changed. The complaint has been referred by election officials to law enforcement.
In observance of Election Day, all classes at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will be cancelled Nov. 3 and university offices will be closed.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health released today its guidance for people planning for Halloween and other fall festivities this holiday season as some traditional celebrations do not allow for proper social distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are a multitude of ways people can safely enjoy the holiday season this year, and connect with loved ones without putting anyone in unnecessary risk,” said Dr. Lance Frye, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health. “Celebrate, but celebrate wisely, and continue following the three W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.”
Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses low risk for spread and is encouraged. If you have COVID-19 – or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 – you should not participate in in-person Halloween or fall festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
Guidance for those who plan to celebrate Halloween includes: avoid crowded parties and indoor haunted houses; group activities should be limited to fewer than 10 people; trick-or-treating should be done in outdoor environments only; and a costume mask is not an acceptable substitute for a cloth mask.
For those who wish to hand out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters, consider preparing individual goodie bags for touch-free, grab-and-go trick-or-treating.
In-person gatherings with people outside your household pose varying levels of risk. Event organizers and attendees should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size and use of mitigation strategies, as outlined in CDC guidance on Considerations for Events and Gatherings.
For those planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 alert levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees. County specific information can be found online: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/covid-19-alert-system.
School-sponsored Halloween activities should be held outdoor and staggered by grade.
Safer Halloween activities for people to consider include:•Pumpkin carving or decorating outside with members of your household.
- Decorating your house, apartment, or living space.
- Organizing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.
- Hosting a virtual Halloween costume contest.
- Halloween movie night with members of your household.A full list of Halloween guidance is available on the coronavirus.health.ok.gov dashboard in the Resources and Recommendations section.
The Regional Food Bank, with the assistance of volunteers form the Chickasha Emergency Food Pantry, will be giving away 250 boxes of food on Monday, Oct. 19 at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Distribution will take place between 5 and 7 p.m. There are no qualifying requirements.
OKLAHOMA CITY — As the number of COVID-19 patients continues to grow, Oklahoma hospitals are reporting their intensive care units are feeling the squeeze.
Back in the 1930’s, “New Deal Economics” provided major infrastructure investments across the United States. Shannon Springs Park was one of those investments built by the WPA.
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In collaboration with the “Inter’act” season of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s acclaimed Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series, the theatre arts department will present two related works in exclusive one-night-only performances on Oct. 19 and Oct. 23, at 7 p.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY — After pledging to relocate the state’s public health lab to Stillwater, the Department of Health doubled down Monday despite growing concerns about timing and the wisdom of relocating it from the capital city.
District Judge Kory Kirkland appointed Gina Lowe to be the Special Judge for Grady County, effective November 2, 2020. She will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Timothy A. Brauer, who held the position for almost 23 years.
The Amber-Pocasset FFA finished second at the Oklahoma state qualifying livestock judging contest. The runner-up finish won them the opportunity to judge at the American Royal contest in Kansas City. Team members were Blake Janssen, Sage Schenk, Abbie Savage, and McKenzie Layton. Sage finis…
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Given the uncertainly surrounding the current pandemic of COVID-19, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma has decided to adjust the spring 2021 semester to best ensure the health and safety of the institution’s faculty, staff and students.
The State Election Board reminds Oklahomans that the deadline to register to vote or make changes to their registration for the November 3 General Election is tomorrow, October 9, 2020.
Two Grady County residents have died from overdoses this week after buying counterfeit Oxycodone pills that tested positive for Fentanyl, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN), said.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The state plans to spend millions to move its public health laboratory from Oklahoma City to “the middle of rural America,” officials announced Wednesday.
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Due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma campus, including the President’s house, will not be open to trick-or-treaters this Halloween.
Earlier this year when I first started writing this column, I explained why I thought it was important to spread the word about all the positive things happening in and around Chickasha. This past weekend I saw in person what we are capable of when we all work together. Although the Oklahoma…
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The Rock Island Arts Festival 2020 is taking place this weekend at the Rock Island Depot in Chickasha. Musical performances, artisans and crafts are available for all ages.
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This Week's Circulars
- CPD investigates Tuesday night shooting in Chickasha
- OHP: Moore man dies in collision near Bridge Creek
- Lawton woman dies in collision near Cyril
- L.J. Powell passes away at 89
- OSDH: Ninth COVID-19 death from Chickasha
- ‘Feel the Love,’ ACTS programs help Chickasha resident with home repairs
- OBN: Two fatal overdoses in Grady County linked to counterfeit Oxycodone
- 1,500 Farmer to Families food boxes to be distributed in Chickasha Oct. 24
- SOFTBALL: Late rally sends Tuttle to 4A title game
- Lowe appointed as Grady County Judge