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Washita Valley Weekly
“My Community Magazine”
July 17, 2019
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 “This is a family fre-
indly event” said owner
Dean Wilson. “We
have several activities
lined up for the kid-
dos. Like a hula-hoop
contest. Free hotdogs,
and other games and
prizes”.
 Rock Island Grill is
coming up on their 3rd
anniversary in Novem-
ber, the former sports
bar is now geared more
for families, closed on Sundays and Mondays, open
until 9 pm on weeknights, and 10 pm on Friday and
Saturday.
 There are three seperate dining areas, plus a
screened in patio and an upstairs game room and a
deck.
 Wilson said the food is what he and his wife are
most proud of. “We offer great mexican dishes
from my wifes family who have been in the res-
tuarant business for years and of course American
cuisine as well. We offer gluten free dishes for
those who must watch what they eat and we have a
Keto menu as well.”
 Wilson said the plan to offer more entertainment
to draw people to the restuarant will continue with
other performers scheduled in the near future.
 “In September we will have Ol’ Dixie Wrecked
playing on the 21st. They have been here before
and people love their music.” said Wilson.
 The Rock Island Grill seems to be a little bit out
of town, however the food and atmosphere will
make up for it.
 The Ritchie Rodriquez show is being partially
sponsored by Van Dyke Mechanical, Gorilla Home
Surplus and Poor Boys Fishing. Poor Boys Fishing
will end a tournament of fishing with a weigh-in at
Rock Island on Saturday.
 There is no admission or cover charge for the
show, just show up. Wilson advises folks to bring
their lawn chairs to enjoy the show, or you can
watch from the upper deck or the patio.
 “You don’t even have to buy anything.” said
Wilson. “We just ask that you dont bring outside
food or drink in. Thats what we do. Come enjoy
yourseld and bring your kids.”
 It’s often said when talking about music that there’s nothing sweeter than fami-
ly harmony. With a family of 12, ranging from 49 to 4 years of age, The McNeills
are living up to that belief. Dad (bass/piano), Mom (mandolin, penny whistle),
the oldest daughter (guitar) and the oldest son (fiddle/cajone) make up the main
vocal group, but at different points in a concert, All of The McNeills join in for a
concert that you won’t forget.
 The group has been garnering attention across the nation, going into churches,
singing at festivals and conventions, and being broadcast across the US on radio,
as well as across the world with their viral video. The McNeills are bridging
generational gaps with their variety of music, distinct style and their unique
lineup. From praise and worship, to bluegrass, to a Capella, to country gospel,
to the great hymns of old, The McNeills truly have something that everyone can
enjoy. Whether they are playing instruments, singing a Capella, or something in
between, they are sure to please.
College Heights Baptist Church is located at 1202 W Grand Ave in Chickasha.
Anyone is welcome to attend, there is no admission charge.
“Rodriquez”
continued from Page 1
“McNeils”
continued from Page 1
Chickasha Council Work Session draws a full house
 In a special Work Session that was packed with interested citizens on Monday
July 8, the Chickasha City Council discussed a proposed name change of Idaho
Avenue west of 4th Street to Ada Sipuel Avenue.
 This change was discussed by the City Manager who said it would result in a
cost of approximately six thousand dollars for the City to implement this change in
signage etc.
 Several residents along the path of the proposed change spoke against the
change from West Idaho Avenue and stated that in would result in costs for them
to change many legal documents and addresses on billing and other forms of cor-
respondence/deliveries. One business located on the far west end of the proposed
change complained that it would be quite expensive for him to get State Permits
and Licenses updated that he needed to operate his business in addition to his
business stationary etc.
 Councilman Zach Grayson commented that while he liked the idea to honor
Sipuel he did not want to see costs imposed on citizens for this action. Council-
man Dr. R.P. Ashanti Alexander spoke in favor of the change and indicated it
would correct perceived racial issues in the city.
 Several residents spoke in agreement with Alexander, while some of the resi-
dents along the path of the change indicated it was really about educating children
about the accomplish-
ments of Sipuel and this
could be done in a better
manner by erecting an
informative monument
in a park. The accom-
plishments of Sipuel were
cited many times and
there appeared to be no
dissenting opinions about
her place in history.
 Suggestions were also
made by some citizens
and members of the
council to name bridges
or the new bypass after
Sipuel if the DOT would
grant the proper permis-
sion instead of changing
the West Idaho street
name. No action was
taken in the work session
other than to indicate
that further discussions
would be appropriate.
School Board meets to discuss Superintendent hiring process
 In a special session on Monday July 8, the Chickasha School Board discussed
the search process for a new Superintendent with three representatives from the
OSSBA (Oklahoma State School Boards Association) Executive Search Service.
Discussions included characteristics and criteria to be used in the search for a Su-
perintendent and the OSSBA team presented a proposed timeline for the activities
in the search for the board to consider.
 The team suggested Community Focus Group meetings in the Sept./Oct. time
frame and acceptance of applications starting in that time frame and closing on
November 8th. The OSSBA representatives proposed two interview periods,
the first on November 19/20 and the second on December 9/10 with the time in
between the interviews allowed for background checks on the candidates. The
anticipated hire date for the new Superintendent is proposed to be at the end of
2019 or the start of 2020 depending on the number of applicants and other con-
siderations.
 The Board President Zack McGill indicated that the OSSBA has a great success
record in their search process and indicated that the retention rate for Superinten-
dents selected with their help has exceeded 90%.
 Jack Herron was released from his contract as Chickasha School Administrator
in mid June of this year.
Kids bowl for free
 Chickasha Bowling
Center are offering to let
kids bowl for free. Here
is a chance to get your
kids out of the heat and
into the AC for a few
hours each day. 
 Kids up to age 15 can
bowl 2 games free every
day. The only cost is to
rent their bowling shoes.
 Free Kiddo Bowling is
Tuesday through Fri-
day from noon till 4pm
through August 9th.
 Chickasha Bowling
Center is located at 3501
South 4th in Chickasha!
For more information
call (405) 825-3550.
Oklahoma ranks 4th in most expensive auto insurance
 Michigan is the most expensive state when it comes to car insurance according
Insure.com’s latest annual ranking of the most and least expensive states for car
insurance.
 For the sixth year in a row, Michigan took the top spot as the most expensive
state to insure a vehicle, with a policy average of
$2,611, almost 80 percent higher than the national
average of $1,457.
 Overall, the average annual insurance cost for
the 10 most expensive states, one being a district, is
$2,005, a list that includes:
Michigan ($2,611)
Louisiana ($2,298)
Florida ($2,219)
Oklahoma ($1,966)
Washington, DC ($1,876)
California ($1,846)
Rhode Island ($1,834)
Delaware ($1,828)
New York ($1,789)
Texas ($1,779)
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