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.

Primo named Choctaw Area Chamber Chair

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce has selected John Primo as Chair for the 2021 Chamber Board of Directors. Primo serves as Vice President of IT for Rose State College, and actively serves as an adjunct professor of U.S. History. In addition to other duties, he is the college’s liaison…

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EOC Tech passes 5th straight bond issue

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   $730,000 for technology infrastructure approved for Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Harrah, Jones and Luther With all 40 precincts reporting, the Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center bond issue renewal passed Jan. 12, 969-259. The EOC Tech Center, which is located in Choctaw and serves Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Harrah, Jones and Luther public schools, has…

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Kickapoo Turnpike opens for travel

Southern half of new toll road announces opening in first week of 2021   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The Kickapoo Turnpike, connecting I-40 and I-44 in eastern Oklahoma County, was set to open entirely this week. The northern 11-mile section (NE 23rd to I-44) of the new toll road opened Oct. 13, 2020, and last…

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Community welcomes 2021 with snow day

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Eastern Oklahoma County welcomed in a new year with some winter weather. New Year morning local residents woke to find a heavy blanket of snow. Slushy and snow-covered highways and roads were reported throughout central Oklahoma as well as in the northeastern part of the state. Road crews were out placing…

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Choctaw named Conference Champions

Midwest City’s Darrell Hall named Conference Coach of the Year   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Postseason honors are rolling in for eastern Oklahoma County standouts. The Big 10 Conference recently announced its 2020 All-Conference football selections. A handful of Yellowjackets and Bombers were selected for the Big 10 All-Conference Team, while Choctaw High School…

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Corbin named District Coach of the Year

Yellowjackets honored by District 6A-II-2 By Ryan Horton Managing Editor District 6A-II-2 has made All-District Team selections and the Yellowjackets were well represented. Coach Jake Corbin was named Coach of the Year, while Terrill Davis was named Offensive Player of the Year. Corbin led Choctaw through a historic season that ended three points shy of Bixby…

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Choctaw rolls over Antlers in season opener

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School rolled over Deer Creek 64-18 to open wrestling season Dec. 3. In the home opener Choctaw’s No.2-ranked Yellowjackets recorded nine falls, a forfeit and a technical fall. Mason Hanna opened the night at 106 pounds. He pinned Barrett Byers early. Caden Holman followed suit with a quick pin…

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Jackets sweep Putnam City

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw opened basketball season Dec. 1 with a dominant sweep of Putnam City. The Lady Yellowjackets opened with a 60-36 win over PCO. To open the season, Carley Gasaway led the Lady Jackets with 17 points, Hannah Smith had 11, Trinity Gooden and Jazmine Adams each put up 10. Mya Purifoy…

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Choctaw takes state runner-up

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The Yellowjackets concluded their best season in 60 years by securing state runner-up. In a defensive battle, top-ranked Bixby knocked off No. 2 Choctaw 17-14 on Saturday at Wantland Stadium to win the Class 6A-II state championship. It was the Spartans’ third straight title, sixth in the past seven years and…

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In-person students to return to five-day learning

Parents asked to move distance-learning students to EDGE Virtual Academy, send in-person students back to school   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   A special school board meeting today has set the district up to resume in-person learning next week. The Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board has authorized Superintendent David Reid the authority to determine whether district…

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