Mustang native hiking Appalachian Trail

By Van Mitchell Mustang Times The COVID-19 pandemic changed many people’s lives personally and professionally. For Ali Sylvester, the pandemic provided an opportunity to achieve her goal of traveling to new places, and meeting new friends along the way. The 2014 Mustang High School graduate is walking the Appalachian Trail which extends 14 states from…

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Study recommends school closures

Report suggests closing four elementary schools due to enrollment, building conditions By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon A recent study of Mid-Del Schools produced plenty of recommendations to improve district operations. The school performance review was completed by the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. The study was funded by the state and requested…

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Turning lemons into ‘lemon aid’

Buddy’s Lemonade helping grandmother battling cancer Anthony Thomas Midwest City Beacon A quiet Del City neighborhood is home to a lemonade stand run by a teen and his family to raise money for a loved one. Andres “Buddy” Guerra-Thorton, 13, and his family have opened “Buddy’s Lemonade” to raise money for their grandmother, Frances Guerra,…

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Retired firefighter finds new way to give back

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Joel Bain has always felt a call to public service. For 17 years he fulfilled that aspiration as a Midwest City firefighter. Now he is continuing that service in a different way as executive director of the Mid-Del Group Home. “For me to have a second career where I…

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Tinker expansion to close two miles of Douglas Blvd.

OKLAHOMA CITY –A two-mile stretch of Douglas Blvd. will be closing to accommodate expansion of Tinker Air Force Base. The expansion is on the southeast part of the base along Douglas Blvd. from SE 44th to SE 74th streets. A portion of SE 59th and 49th streets will also be closed just east of Douglas…

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Body found inside overturned Jeep in Crutcho Creek

Police identify the victim as 47-year-old Tracy Lesley of Midwest City By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon A Midwest City man’s body was found Sunday evening inside a vehicle that had flipped over in a creek. According to authorities, two people spotted the overturned vehicle while fishing in Crutcho Creek near NE 10th St. and…

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Del City pitches new logo and branding plan

By Anthony Thomas Midwest City Beacon Del City last week unveiled plans for a new logo and branding campaign. The new logo incorporates a modern design and the city’s aim to become the “Center of it All” for living, working, shopping, dining, and playing. “The new catchphrase ‘the center of it all’ is taking the…

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Intermission ends at Midwest City Warren Theatre

Regal reopens movie theatre after more than year-long closure By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon The long wait is over. After more than a year of shuttered doors, silent theatres and uncertainty, the Midwest City Warren Theatre is back in business. Regal Cinemas recently purchased the 10-screen movie theatre and reopened it last week. The…

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Midwest City Rotary Club installs new officers

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon The Midwest City Rotary Club recently welcomed new officers and celebrated past ones. Austin Fisher was sworn in as president for 2021-22 replacing outgoing president James “Chili” McQuillar. Before handing over the gavel, McQuillar thanked those who served on the board during a challenging past year. “Even in the…

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Healy named head coach at Del City

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon The Del City High School volleyball team begins practice this week. And they’ll do so with a new head coach. Aspen Healy will lead the Eagles this year after serving as assistant in 2020. “I’m super pumped about coaching this team,” Healy said. “I want Del City volleyball to…

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