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Former Mustang police chief dies at 64; Monte James served for 30 years

By Traci Chapman Former longtime Mustang Police Chief Monte James died Friday after a short illness. He was 64 years old. James spent 30 years at Mustang Police Department, rising through the ranks and eventually heading the department for several years after Chief David Cockrell took the over as Mustang City Manager. James began his…

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Eastern Oklahoma County could gain House seat under state redistricting plan

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Oklahoma lawmakers last week unveiled their proposed state legislative redistricting plans. And some big changes are in store for eastern Oklahoma County. One of the biggest differences is plans for an additional House District in the area. Under the plan, House District 36, which covers parts of Tulsa and…

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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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CCSO Sheriff Chris West ‘vehemently rebukes’ violence at U.S Capitol

Canadian County Sheriff Chris West visited the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC Wednesday, January 6 in support of President Donald Trump.  That day, there was a riot at the Nation’s Capital that resulted in the deaths of five people.  Sheriff West said he was not present at the scene of the violence.  Accusations, originating on…

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Mid-Del Schools hires new director of child nutrition

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Mid-Del Schools is welcoming a new director of child nutrition. Denise Smith was approved for the position last Monday during the school board’s monthly meeting. Smith currently serves as the Child Nutrition Federal Programs Director for Atoka Public Schools.  She previously worked as the administrative coordinator for child nutrition…

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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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Bombers district title hopes fade in loss to Stillwater

Walker runs for four TDs By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Midwest City had a chance to get in the driver’s seat in the District 6A-II-1 standings on Friday night. But Stillwater left them in the dust. The Bombers (5-2, 4-1) spent much of the night chasing Stillwater running back Qwontrel Walker and never got…

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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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Titans blast Guymon on the road

Harris throws 5 TDs in 63-0 win By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon The Carl Albert football team took their show on the road Friday night with a 63-0 win over Guymon. Senior quarterback Ben Harris threw for 231 yards and five touchdowns with three to Xzavier Thomas. The Titans outgained Guymon 394 to 197…

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City leaders postpone police rally, relocate sign

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Efforts to honor local law enforcement went awry last week. City leaders were criticized over decisions to postpone a “Back the Blue” rally and remove a sign that was placed in front of the police department. Mayor Matt Dukes and the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce planned to host a…

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