Midwest City Beacon Breaking News

Humphrey named top teacher

Educator commends colleagues for meeting pandemic challenges By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Ralph Humphrey doesn’t take his role as an educator lightly. The responsibilities and demands of the profession have grown in the past year as the coronavirus pandemic continues. And the retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. is happy to meet those demands…

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Police and fire training center project heads back to voters

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Midwest City voters will again be asked to weigh in on a proposed police and fire training facility. The city council last week approved putting a $5.7 million bond proposal on the May 11 ballot. The bond proposal would require a majority vote. The city plans to build the…

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Midwest City man shot and killed following apparent domestic disturbance

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City police are investigating a fatal shooting this afternoon. Just after 1 p.m., officers were called to 300 block of Northrop Dr. A woman called 911 saying that her husband had been shot by her son. When police arrived they found the victim, a 35-year-old man, on the porch.…

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Overall crime drops, homicides soar in 2020

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Overall crime continued a downward trend in Midwest City last year. But, like many cities across the country, Midwest City was also hit with a spike in violent crime in 2020. The city’s crime rate declined by 11.75% in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to Midwest City…

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Schools upgrading technology plan

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Mid-Del Schools is undergoing a major technology upgrade. The school district last week unveiled an initiative that includes 10,000 new devices and improved training for teachers and students on technology. Cordell Ehrich, assistant superintendent, and Scott Haselwood, executive director of technology, presented the plan to the school board at…

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Governor visits eastern Oklahoma County

Stitt meets with local mayors, tours Tinker AFB By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Gov. Kevin Stitt toured Tinker Air Force Base and had lunch with local mayors last Friday during a visit to eastern Oklahoma County. The trip was arranged by Sen. Brenda Stanley to showcase District 42, which includes Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City,…

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Developer eyes vacant church property

Restaurant and retail space planned for E. Reno Ave. and S. Douglas Blvd. By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A busy intersection could soon have more businesses. Midwest City leaders recently approved plans to rezone property near S. Douglas Blvd. and E. Reno Ave. for a new commercial development. The proposed development would be built at…

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Midwest City Council approves zoning request for office space

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Midwest City leaders recently approved a request to rezone property for a proposed office and commercial building despite concerns from neighbors about traffic. The developer, Joel Bryant of Les Chateaux LLC, plans to build office/commercial space at 10601 SE 15th St. He asked the council to approve a request…

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City making progress on hotel renovation

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon A project to revamp and rebrand the Sheraton Hotel Midwest City is coming along. The city-owned property is undergoing an $8 million renovation project designed to modernize the hotel and attract new visitors. The hotel is being upgraded and converted to a Delta Hotel by Marriott – a four-star…

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Midwest City Warren Theatre heads to public auction March 18

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon The Midwest City Warren Theatre is scheduled for a sheriff’s sale on March 18. A foreclosure of the movie theatre was filed in August 2020, stating that MWC Warren Theatre, Inc. defaulted on more than $17 million in loans owed to Arvest Bank, according to court records. The Midwest…

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