Choctaw Times Breaking News

Locals featured in Celebrating America broadcast

Oklahoma received some primetime attention last week during the inauguration celebration of President Joe Biden. Five local performers sang and danced to Bill Withers’ hit “Lovely Day,” performed by Demi Lovato as President Joe Biden and family watched along to the Celebrating America broadcast. The local cast included Lenny Hatchett, of Choctaw, Jaclyn Gass, of…

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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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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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SSM Health Oklahoma to assume operations of Midwest City hospital

Midwest City’s hospital will have a new operator. SSM Health Oklahoma has reached an agreement with Community Health Systems, Inc. to assume operations of the hospital known as AllianceHealth Midwest. The hospital will be renamed SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Midwest. City Manager Tim Lyon signed the preliminary term sheet with SSM Health late…

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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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Choctaw extends mask mandate until April 20, adds fines for violations

Officials also declare executive orders by governor as law in city   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor With a 5-2 vote, Choctaw City Council moved to extend the mask mandate within city limits until April 20, 2021. Council also opted to add a citation fee schedule to give the ordinance “some teeth” during the Dec. 1…

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STATE BOUND

Last-second field goal lifts Choctaw past Pioneers   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor With one second remaining on the play clock, sophomore kicker Tommy Yousey drilled a 25-yard field goal to put Choctaw High School ahead of Stillwater, 38-35, as time expired in the Class 6A-II semifinal Saturday at Owasso Stadium. Choctaw is now set to…

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Choctaw goes undefeated (7-0) at home

  By Ryan Horton Managing Editor “This is our house, this is our house,” repeated the chant from the Choctaw High School student section Friday night as the Yellowjackets ran out the clock to capture a 20-7 win over Putnam City North in the Class 6A-II state quarterfinal. The Yellowjackets swarmed to defend the nest successfully…

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