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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.

Jackets launch volleyball season

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Choctaw High School opened volleyball season last week. Choctaw suffered a 3-0 loss in the home opener, but with an all-new coaching staff, the Lady Jackets put up a big fight against the powerhouse program falling 25-19, 25-23, and 25-17. Head coach Taryn Weber and assistant Natalie Waxenfelter are proud…

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Ceremonial signing hosted for Courtney’s Law

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times A Choctaw resident recently met with state officials to celebrate a new law named in her honor meant to better inform parents about services to help children with chromosomal disorders. Last week Choctaw’s Courtney Gaines joined District 42 State Senator Brenda Stanley, Governor Kevin Stitt, family, and friends for an honorary…

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Klimkowski named to Harrah City Council

By John Martin Staff Writer Longtime Harrah resident Bernadette Klimkowski has been appointed to the Harrah City Council, replacing Paul Wiegert as the Ward 1 representative since Wiegert has moved out of the Ward. A native of Harrah, Klimkowski attended Harrah Schools and graduated from Harrah High School. She also retired from distinguished career teaching…

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Domino Convenience Store opens in Choctaw

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times There’s a new option for refueling in eastern Oklahoma County. Domino Convenience Stores has expanded with a new location in Choctaw. This new store, Domino No. 133, is located at the northeast corner of NE 23rd Street and Hiwassee Road. The store recently opened to the public. Officials say the new…

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Choctaw hosts Pepper Festival 2022

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw Creek Park played host to the second annual Pepper Festival Friday night. A total of 10 contestants competed in the pepper eating contest. Each challenger started with a variety of 14 peppers on the lineup, and the group eventually dwindled down to just three finalists. The tie breaker between the…

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Choctaw Area Chamber hires Combs

New President/CEO takes helm of nonprofit   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Kaleb Combs as their new President/CEO. Combs, a native of Jones, graduated from Jones High School in 2013. In December of 2021 he completed a history degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, and a few…

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Choctaw Fire Department receives $25K grant

  By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw Fire Department has been awarded a grant for extrication equipment. Choctaw City Council approved the acceptance of a Firehouse Subs Safety Foundation Grant in the amount of $24,852, July 19. Officials say funds will be used for extrication equipment, which include a variety of cutters, spreaders and rams used…

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Hope for Harper: Choctaw purchases $85K asphalt paver

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times City officials say there’s hope for Harper Road and other city roadways falling into disrepair thanks to the purchase of an asphalt paver. July 19 the Choctaw City Council approved the spending of $85,000 for the purchase of an asphalt paver from Warren CAT of Oklahoma City. The funds needed for…

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Choctaw HS student visits Washington D.C.

Lewis serves as senator for American Legion Boys Nation By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Dalton Lewis, an incoming senior at Choctaw High School, has been selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 22-29. Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and…

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Mayor: Future is bright thanks to TIF District

By Van Mitchell Mayor Randy Ross said Choctaw was looking at ways to increase its budget revenue stream, and city officials created a Tax Increment Financial District, which in turn created the Markets at Choctaw. TIF districts are used by cities in Oklahoma to promote private development. A portion of taxes generated with the district…

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