Midwest City Beacon Breaking News

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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Del City pitches new logo and branding plan

By Anthony Thomas Midwest City Beacon Del City last week unveiled plans for a new logo and branding campaign. The new logo incorporates a modern design and the city’s aim to become the “Center of it All” for living, working, shopping, dining, and playing. “The new catchphrase ‘the center of it all’ is taking the…

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Intermission ends at Midwest City Warren Theatre

Regal reopens movie theatre after more than year-long closure By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon The long wait is over. After more than a year of shuttered doors, silent theatres and uncertainty, the Midwest City Warren Theatre is back in business. Regal Cinemas recently purchased the 10-screen movie theatre and reopened it last week. The…

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Midwest City Rotary Club installs new officers

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon The Midwest City Rotary Club recently welcomed new officers and celebrated past ones. Austin Fisher was sworn in as president for 2021-22 replacing outgoing president James “Chili” McQuillar. Before handing over the gavel, McQuillar thanked those who served on the board during a challenging past year. “Even in the…

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Oklahoma awarded grant for I-40 Douglas project

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Improvements to the I-40 and Douglas Blvd. interchange could happen earlier than expected thanks to a $50 million federal grant. The U.S. Department of Transportation last week announced it will provide funding for the highway project as part of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. The…

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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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Tinker AFB welcomes new commanders

Sebren and Coyle take reins of 72nd and 552nd By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Tinker Air Force Base welcomed new leaders during a pair of recent change of command ceremonies. Col. G. Hall Sebren Jr. succeeded Col. Paul Filcek as commander of the 72nd Air Base Wing, and Col. Keven Coyle succeeded Col. Alain…

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