Midwest City Beacon Area News

Kickapoo Turnpike now open

North half of toll road connects NE 23rd Street and Britton Road to Turner Turnpike   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The northern half of the Kickapoo Turnpike, connecting U.S. Highway 62 to I-44 in eastern Oklahoma County, opened Tuesday. The northern 11-mile section is a four-lane divided highway that connects to NE 23rd, near…

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Judge tosses mall owner’s lawsuit

County judge dismisses appeal after Bahreini failed to comply with scheduling order By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor An Oklahoma County District judge has thrown out an appeal by the owner of the Heritage Park Mall challenging numerous citations issued by the City of Midwest City for the property. Ahmad Bahreini challenged a Midwest City Municipal…

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Rose State College stars in new TV movie

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Rose State College recently campus served as the backdrop for a female-driven TV thriller that is expected to premier on Lifetime. The film, “Sorority Sister Shooter,” follows two best friends as they start college and join rival sororities. After one of them is murdered, the other friend tries to…

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State audit adds concerns about Epic Charter Schools

Byrd: Epic owes the State of Oklahoma $8.9 million   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s much-anticipated investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools has finally been released. The release found that Epic sends about one in four taxpayer dollars it receives, as a public school, to its co-founders’ for-profit company.…

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Kickapoo Turnpike opens Oct. 13

Northern half of toll road to open with virtual ceremony By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The northern half of the new Kickapoo Turnpike, connecting I-40 and I-44 in eastern Oklahoma County, is set to open next week. The northern 11-mile section (NE 23rd to I-44) of the new turnpike is set to open for travel…

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Former Mid-Del teacher showcasing handcrafted bowls at Paseo gallery

Jim Simmons, a former Mid-Del educator, will have his custom-turned bowls on display, and for sale, at Studio Six Art Gallery 3021 Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK 73103 during the month of October. The Paseo Arts District hosts ‘First Friday’ starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 2, where the community is invited to visit art galleries…

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Midwest City extends mask mandate

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Face coverings will still be required in public in Midwest City. The city council last week extended an existing public mask mandate until Oct. 27. The order requires face coverings to be worn in places that are open to the public when it is not possible to maintain 6…

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Auto shop finds good luck in Midwest City

City donates land for Hard Luck Automotive Services’ new garage By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Hard Luck Automotive Services has been helping those in need with no-cost auto repairs. And when the non-profit organization needed a helping hand, they found one in Midwest City. City officials last week agreed to donate land for the…

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Midwest City approves two cell towers for AT&T

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon   Midwest City residents may see better cell service in the near future. The city council last week approved construction of two cell towers for AT&T. The new towers will be located at 10713 E. Reno Ave. and 207 S. Air Depot Blvd. The council unanimously approved special use…

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Boy shot and in killed in Midwest City

A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot late Wednesday night, Midwest City police said. Around 9:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to Sand Hills Apartments, 1424 N. Midwest Boulevard on a possible shooting. When police arrived, several bystanders were rendering first aid to a 12-year-old boy who had been shot in the chest.  The victim, earlier reported…

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