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Mustang native hiking Appalachian Trail

By Van Mitchell Mustang Times The COVID-19 pandemic changed many people’s lives personally and professionally. For Ali Sylvester, the pandemic provided an opportunity to achieve her goal of traveling to new places, and meeting new friends along the way. The 2014 Mustang High School graduate is walking the Appalachian Trail which extends 14 states from…

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Study recommends school closures

Report suggests closing four elementary schools due to enrollment, building conditions By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon A recent study of Mid-Del Schools produced plenty of recommendations to improve district operations. The school performance review was completed by the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. The study was funded by the state and requested…

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Turning lemons into ‘lemon aid’

Buddy’s Lemonade helping grandmother battling cancer Anthony Thomas Midwest City Beacon A quiet Del City neighborhood is home to a lemonade stand run by a teen and his family to raise money for a loved one. Andres “Buddy” Guerra-Thorton, 13, and his family have opened “Buddy’s Lemonade” to raise money for their grandmother, Frances Guerra,…

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Retired firefighter finds new way to give back

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Joel Bain has always felt a call to public service. For 17 years he fulfilled that aspiration as a Midwest City firefighter. Now he is continuing that service in a different way as executive director of the Mid-Del Group Home. “For me to have a second career where I…

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Tinker expansion to close two miles of Douglas Blvd.

OKLAHOMA CITY –A two-mile stretch of Douglas Blvd. will be closing to accommodate expansion of Tinker Air Force Base. The expansion is on the southeast part of the base along Douglas Blvd. from SE 44th to SE 74th streets. A portion of SE 59th and 49th streets will also be closed just east of Douglas…

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Body found inside overturned Jeep in Crutcho Creek

Police identify the victim as 47-year-old Tracy Lesley of Midwest City By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon A Midwest City man’s body was found Sunday evening inside a vehicle that had flipped over in a creek. According to authorities, two people spotted the overturned vehicle while fishing in Crutcho Creek near NE 10th St. and…

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Beautification Committee seeking entries for Eagle Pride competition

By Anthony Thomas Midwest City Beacon The Del City Beautification committee is taking nominations for the annual city-wide Eagle Pride lawn and garden competition. Nominations will be accepted until July 16. The annual competition was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Eagle Pride beautification program awards Del City residents who have maintained…

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Motocross track gets green light

Del City approves special use permit for controversial motocross track By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon A motocross track could be making its way to Del City. After nearly two hours of debate, city leaders gave the green light for a controversial motocross track on city-owned property near E. Reno Ave. and Vickie Dr. The…

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Preliminary state test results now available  to students, families 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Education has released preliminary state test results through a secure online portal. The Parent/Student Portal gives access to individual scores for the Oklahoma School Testing Program.   Students across the state took part in the OSTP this past spring. Results for students in Grades 3-8 will be available on the portal. However, if students took the assessment on…

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Midwest City hosts Tribute to Liberty

By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer The city of Midwest City hosted its annual Tribute to Liberty celebration Sunday evening at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. The Fourth of July event included live music from an Andrews Sisters tribute and Souled Out, as well as food trucks and fireworks. The city also awarded the winners of…

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