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.

SSM Health clinic under construction in Harrah

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times A new health clinic is under construction in Harrah. SSM Health is constructing a facility on NE 23rd Street just west of the newly built Kickapoo Turnpike and NE 23rd Street. A groundbreaking ceremony was hosted last week. The health medical group purchased the 87,120-square foot piece of land in the…

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Bower named interim Harrah city manager

By John Martin Staff Writer When the Harrah City Council gathered for its monthly meeting Monday night, there was a new face at the table. The Council in a special meeting on July 6 selected former Midwest City Fire Chief Mike Bower as interim City Manager replacing Clayton Lucas whose contract was terminated last month.…

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Domino Convenience Stores to build in Choctaw

Store to be constructed on northeast corner of NE 23rd Street and Hiwassee By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Locals will soon have a new option for refueling in eastern Oklahoma County. Domino Convenience Stores is expanding with a new location in Choctaw. This new store, Domino No. 132, will be located at the northeast corner of…

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Searching for bluebirds

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   An estimated 80 percent of Oklahoma’s eastern bluebird population perished this year   Local bird watchers may have noticed less bluebirds this year. Hundreds of thousands of eastern bluebirds died in February during harsh winter weather throughout southern states. A long stretch of snow, ice and freezing temperatures killed bluebirds…

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Choctaw announces new city manager

Guest assumes position July 26 By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times The City of Choctaw announced last Wednesday that the City Council had selected Ronnie J. Guest, Jr., as Choctaw’s next city manager. Guest comes to Choctaw from Carrizo Springs, Texas. City officials say in his role as city manager for Carrizo Springs he has served established…

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New Chief in town

Richey joins ranks of CHS AFJROTC   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times After 13 years with the Choctaw High School Air Force Junior ROTC program, retired United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Walter Kula Jr. has retired from his teaching position at Choctaw High School. School officials have found a qualified replacement to join retired…

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Harrah terminates city manager

By John Martin Staff Writer After months of bickering between mayor Danny Trent and city manager Clayton Lucas, the Harrah City Council voted unanimously to terminate Lucas’ contract effective June 30. As per terms of his contract, Lucas will receive six month’s severance pay. During his campaign and since his election, Trent had lobbied publicly…

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Oklahoma Pistols win Gulf Coast World Series

Local 10U players finish atop 46 teams in Alabama   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   The Pistols, a local 10U baseball team, recently had the opportunity to travel to Gulf Shores, Alabama and compete in the World Series. The team went a perfect 8-0 to become World Series Champions. “I am sure some think we…

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Firework retailers encourage early shopping

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   National shortage causes supply concerns at local stands For many, fireworks are the most anticipated aspect of annual Fourth of July celebrations. Many eastern Oklahoma County residents especially take pride in discharging their own fireworks at private parties and social gatherings around Independence Day. However, local fireworks distributors are warning…

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Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center breaks ground in Choctaw

Nonprofit works to prove the community is ‘better together’   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times June 2 the Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center, to be located east of Harper Road on NE 20th Street in Choctaw. EOCRC is an established nonprofit and has been actively…

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