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Ryan Horton is an award-winning journalist, and has served as Managing Editor of the Choctaw Times since 2010. He earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University.

Chamber auction set for June 3

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Community leaders, business executives and fun lovers will gather under the Choctaw Creek Park pavilion June 3 for a long-running Choctaw tradition. Every year the first Friday in June delivers as Choctaw’s social event of the year when Choctaw Creek Park fills with around 600 guests for the annual Taste of…

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CHS claims Jazz Band State Championship

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw High School Jazz Band recently captured the 2022 Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association Class 6A Jazz Band State Championship. The Yellowjackets recently proved themselves the best of the best among the state’s largest 32 high school programs claiming gold in Class 6A. This was the third state title for the CHS…

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Choctaw claims Class 6A Slow Pitch State Runner-up

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Following rain delays last week the Class 6A State Slow Pitch Tournament was rescheduled for Monday. After some troublesome spring weather, Choctaw High School took to the field Monday with gold on their mind. Choctaw’s slow pitch softball team entered the May 9 state tourney with a 10 a.m. game against…

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Choctaw finishes regional runner-up, secures 6A Academic State Championship

Jackets fall in regional final, 5-4   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times After Choctaw earned the right to host a Class 6A regional, last week’s heavy rains put a damper on the Yellowjackets’ hopes for the postseason. After days of heavy rains and severe storm warnings, the regional tournament was relocated from Choctaw High School to…

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CNP voters to select next school board member

Two candidates on ballot for April 5 Choctaw-Nicoma Park election   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District voters will decide between two candidates at an April 5 general election. Jennifer Barba, 46, filed to challenge James Don Alsup for the office No. 2 seat on the CNP School Board. Unlike city wards, board…

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Back-to-back champions

Lady Longhorns win second straight state basketball title   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Just a short time ago a Jones High School girls’ team had never made the postseason. A year after earning the school’s first girls’ state title, Jones went 3-0 again at the Class 3A State Basketball Championship Tournament to win state for…

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Butterflies beautify Eastern Oklahoma County

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Eastern Oklahoma County is working to become a quality stop for traveling Monarch butterflies passing through on their annual migration. What’s now a community garden and Monarch butterfly waystation in downtown Harrah was a vacant lot just a few years back. A team of volunteers started growing vegetables, flowers, native plants,…

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Harrah’s Russell takes silver

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Harrah High School sent six wrestlers to the OSSAA Oklahoma High School Wrestling Championships over the weekend. Harrah’s Liam Russell finished runner-up in Class 4A’s 106-pound competition. Russell opened with a fall over Skiatook’s Cole Smith and added a 7-5 semifinal decision over Heritage Hall’s Peyton Park to earn a…

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Trio of Yellowjackets medal at OSSAA State Championships

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Choctaw High School had 10 wrestlers qualify for a trip to the prestigious Class 6A Oklahoma High School Wrestling Championships, Feb. 25-26. After a weekend of competition at the State Fairgrounds Arena, Choctaw had three medalists. Leading the way for Choctaw’s state placers was junior Peyton Hand. She claimed her…

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The winning Hand

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Hand claims third straight state title Choctaw High School’s Peyton Hand rolled to her third straight state title Saturday at the OSSAA Girls Oklahoma High School Wrestling Championships. Hand went 3-0 Feb. 25-26. She avenged her only high school loss, that came just a week earlier at regionals, and more…

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