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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.

Choctaw considers limiting public comments

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times City Council debates meeting restrictions for non-residents At last week’s regular meeting, Choctaw City Council weighed the possibility of limiting public comments to residents of the city. Some city officials say they hope to limit public comments to residents and people doing business in or with the City of Choctaw, and…

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Choctaw City Council candidate filing set for Feb. 6-8

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times City adjusts ward map Choctaw City Council moved to approve a new ward boundary map during the second regular meeting of January. The new boundaries were an effort to balance the city wards by current population based off of data from the 2020 U.S. Census. The change comes just before the…

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Public concerns about yard parking, meter tampering cause stir

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times City Hall has recently caused a stir in the community with letters warning residents that parking in lawns and tampering with water meters is illegal in Choctaw. The city recently adopted a $500 meter tampering fee for Choctaw utility customers. City staff urged council to put a concrete penalty system in…

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Choctaw approves improvements

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times New parking lot planned for Choctaw’s Bouse Sports Complex The City of Choctaw moved forward with plans to pave a new parking lot at Bouse Sports Complex. The lot will be funded by $200,000 in Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for Non-Entitlement Units of Government (ARPA Funds). The Coronavirus State and…

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Choctaw announces ‘Friday Nights in the Park’

City now accepting applications for summer market By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Friday nights in the park will continue to be a fun community event this coming summer in Choctaw. Choctaw Creek Park will remain the host site of a weekly community market event each Friday, May through September. The weekly gathering will continue to feature…

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Yellowjackets roll to 58-12 homecoming win

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Choctaw High School senior wrestler Peyton Hand was crowned Homecoming Queen in a ceremony before a dual with Shawnee last week. Zac O’Hagan was named Choctaw Wrestling Homecoming King. Choctaw’s royalty went on to claim falls later that night as the Yellowjackets rolled over the visiting Shawnee Wolves at homecoming…

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Choctaw purchases extrication equipment

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Firehouse Subs Safety Foundation grant provides modern life-saving tools Choctaw Fire Department has new extrication equipment thanks to a grant from Firehouse Subs. Choctaw City Council approved the acceptance of a Firehouse Subs Safety Foundation grant in the amount of $24,852 in July of 2022. Officials say those funds were used…

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Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce looks forward to new year

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Canup steps up as chairman of the board Theresa Canup has taken the helm of the Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce for 2023. The local real estate agent is excited for a year serving as chair of the board of directors for the Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce. “As a real…

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Longhorns fall in 2A state semifinal

By John Martin Staff Writer The Washington Warriors once again proved to be the nemesis for the Jones Longhorns football hopes as Washington applied a 49-14 defeat to end the Longhorns’ 2022 playoff hopes in an OSSAA Class 2A semifinal clash at Putnam City Stadium on Friday. The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for…

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Choctaw claims state runner-up

Yellowjackets fall to Stillwater, 26-21 By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw had another historic season come to an end last week at the Class 6A-II Championship. Stillwater (13-0) defeated Choctaw (11-2) for the state title. For the second time in the last three years and third time ever, Choctaw High School made their way to the…

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