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.

State Senate candidate sues tribal leader alleging wrongful termination

Jett files lawsuit claiming unlawful firing following opposition to COVID-19 mask mandate   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   District 17 State Senate Republican candidate Shane Jett has filed a lawsuit against the Chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Jett claims he was wrongfully terminated after expressing his opposition to a COVID-19 mask mandate in Shawnee. Aug.…

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Senator Sharp awarded legal expenses, Epic Charter Schools sanctioned $500,000

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Today, Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy H. Truong awarded District 17 State Senator Ron Sharp $35,912 in legal fees related to a lawsuit filed by Community Strategies, Inc., on behalf of Epic Charter Schools. The award was to cover all of Sharp’s legal fees. Additionally, the court imposed a sanction…

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Biosolid debate continues

City considers revisit of sludge ban   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The use of biosolids as fertilizer remains a controversial issue within the City of Choctaw. A year ago, Choctaw city officials voted unanimously to amend the code of ordinances, prohibiting the spreading of solid human waste within city limits. Five months later, officials modified…

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Choctaw mandates masks

City officials overturn short-lived compromise, but split vote causes 30-day implementation delay   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   By a split vote of 4-3, Choctaw became the ninth municipality in the Oklahoma City metro area to pass a mask mandate. However, that mandate won’t be in effect until Sept. 5. When city leaders met in…

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Harrah asks voters to extend 1% excise tax

Voter approval would maintain 8.5% tax rate   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Harrah will ask city residents to maintain the existing sales tax rate with a proposition on the Aug. 25 ballot. The question will ask voters to extend a one percent excise tax, dedicated for public works and capital improvements. The current one percent…

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Choctaw-Nicoma Park approves split schedule

In person learning limited to twice a week   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   In a special meeting Friday night, the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School BoaAt each site groups will be separated by last name. Effort will be taken to keep siblings, regardless of last name, in the same group. Team Blue will attend school, at…

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Pendleton represents at All-State

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   After having their senior’s seasons canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Oklahoma golfers took to the greens last week for their final high school competition. The All-State Golf Tournament was July 20 at Lincoln Park Golf Course. The West boys team beat the East 8.5-6.5, and the West girls…

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Cook shines in All-State game

By John Martin Staff Writer Midwest City’s Christian Cook certainly made the most of his last appearance as a high school basketball player at UCO’s Hamilton Field House Saturday afternoon. Cook joined the Del City duo of Demontreal Crutchfield and Nathaniel Goodlow on the Large West All-State basketball team that was played at UCO after…

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Locals help West claim 21-13 All-State win

By Jayson Knight Managing Editor   The West beat the East in the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association All-State Football Game held at Oklahoma Baptist University last Saturday evening. The East threatened late but fell by a final score of 21-13. Several local players were selected for annual all-star event. Carl Albert’s Jayveion Traylor and Reise…

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Choctaw native joins SSM Health

Medical group welcomes Dr. Taylor Craft SSM Health Medical Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Taylor Craft, pediatrics, to the SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex just off I-40 serving east Oklahoma City, Midwest City and surrounding communities. He will care for patients from birth to 18 years across a variety of non-emergency primary care needs,…

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