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Mosshammer named top high school actress

Choctaw student wins Kelli O’ Hara Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times OKC Broadway – A Nederlander, Civic Center Foundation, and Lyric Theater of Oklahoma Presentation recently announced the winners of the 2022 Kelli O’ Hara Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress and Actor. Rachael Mosshammer, a graduating…

CHS claims Jazz Band State Championship

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw High School Jazz Band recently captured the 2022 Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association Class 6A Jazz Band State Championship. The Yellowjackets recently proved themselves the best of the best among the state’s largest 32 high school programs claiming gold in Class 6A. This was the third state title for the CHS…

Butterflies beautify Eastern Oklahoma County

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Eastern Oklahoma County is working to become a quality stop for traveling Monarch butterflies passing through on their annual migration. What’s now a community garden and Monarch butterfly waystation in downtown Harrah was a vacant lot just a few years back. A team of volunteers started growing vegetables, flowers, native plants,…

The winning Hand

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Hand claims third straight state title Choctaw High School’s Peyton Hand rolled to her third straight state title Saturday at the OSSAA Girls Oklahoma High School Wrestling Championships. Hand went 3-0 Feb. 25-26. She avenged her only high school loss, that came just a week earlier at regionals, and more…

Southeast turnpike extension announced

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   $5 billion, 15-year plan to expand state’s toll roads revealed   The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has officially announced plans to expand the state’s turnpike system as part of a 15-year project themed, Advancing and Connecting Communities and Economies Safely Statewide. The announcement wasn’t a surprise to many eastern Oklahoma County…

Choctaw-Nicoma Park residents vote YES

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Voters show overwhelming support of new school bonds Voters of the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District showed overwhelming support for new bond issues aimed at districtwide improvements. After the first precinct reported results, support of the new school bonds was over 75 percent and that percentage remained as final results trickled in…

2022 Teacher of the Year Finalists announced

  By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times A local educator is in the running for the state’s top honor. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today announced the 12 finalists for Oklahoma’s next Teacher of the Year. “These 12 educators represent some of the best teaching talent in Oklahoma,” said Hofmeister. “These finalists are exceptional examples…

Building a road plan

Traffic counts add clarity to road improvement needs By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times After Choctaw voters rejected two proposals on a February 2020 ballot that would have provided funding for needed road reconstruction throughout the city limits, city officials took action to begin gathering more information regarding the city’s streets in an effort to begin developing…

Bower named interim Harrah city manager

By John Martin Staff Writer When the Harrah City Council gathered for its monthly meeting Monday night, there was a new face at the table. The Council in a special meeting on July 6 selected former Midwest City Fire Chief Mike Bower as interim City Manager replacing Clayton Lucas whose contract was terminated last month.…

Domino Convenience Stores to build in Choctaw

Store to be constructed on northeast corner of NE 23rd Street and Hiwassee By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Locals will soon have a new option for refueling in eastern Oklahoma County. Domino Convenience Stores is expanding with a new location in Choctaw. This new store, Domino No. 132, will be located at the northeast corner of…

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Mosshammer named top high school actress

Choctaw student wins Kelli O’ Hara Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times OKC Broadway – A Nederlander, Civic Center Foundation, and Lyric Theater of Oklahoma Presentation recently announced the winners of the 2022 Kelli O’ Hara Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress and Actor. Rachael Mosshammer, a graduating…

Chamber auction set for June 3

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Community leaders, business executives and fun lovers will gather under the Choctaw Creek Park pavilion June 3 for a long-running Choctaw tradition. Every year the first Friday in June delivers as Choctaw’s social event of the year when Choctaw Creek Park fills with around 600 guests for the annual Taste of…

CHS claims Jazz Band State Championship

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw High School Jazz Band recently captured the 2022 Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association Class 6A Jazz Band State Championship. The Yellowjackets recently proved themselves the best of the best among the state’s largest 32 high school programs claiming gold in Class 6A. This was the third state title for the CHS…

CNP voters to select next school board member

Two candidates on ballot for April 5 Choctaw-Nicoma Park election   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District voters will decide between two candidates at an April 5 general election. Jennifer Barba, 46, filed to challenge James Don Alsup for the office No. 2 seat on the CNP School Board. Unlike city wards, board…

Butterflies beautify Eastern Oklahoma County

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Eastern Oklahoma County is working to become a quality stop for traveling Monarch butterflies passing through on their annual migration. What’s now a community garden and Monarch butterfly waystation in downtown Harrah was a vacant lot just a few years back. A team of volunteers started growing vegetables, flowers, native plants,…

New restaurant Cocina El Girasol serves up a true taste of Mexican and Latin cuisine

A new restaurant specializing in authentic Mexican and Latin-inspired dishes is now open at 342 S. Mustang Rd. Cocina El Girasol has a huge menu and they pride themselves on bringing quality authentic cuisine to the area. “Our food is very authentic. Everything that is on the menu I eat at home everyday. It’s very…

R&M Arms in Minco a friendly source for firepower

R&M Arms in Minco started as a hobby for Mindy and Ronnie Porter in August of 2020. After opening their first storefront in Minco, business was booming, and they were able to move to a bigger and better location at 208 West Main Street in Minco. Mindy spoke Monday morning about how the business came…

Southeast turnpike extension announced

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   $5 billion, 15-year plan to expand state’s toll roads revealed   The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has officially announced plans to expand the state’s turnpike system as part of a 15-year project themed, Advancing and Connecting Communities and Economies Safely Statewide. The announcement wasn’t a surprise to many eastern Oklahoma County…

Local men indicted for hate crimes

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times The Justice Department announced last week that a federal grand jury in the Western District of Oklahoma returned a two-count indictment charging two local men with committing hate crimes. The indictment alleges that on June 22, 2019, Brandon Killian and Devan Johnson, aiding and abetting each other, willfully caused bodily injury…

Choctaw-Nicoma Park residents vote YES

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Voters show overwhelming support of new school bonds Voters of the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District showed overwhelming support for new bond issues aimed at districtwide improvements. After the first precinct reported results, support of the new school bonds was over 75 percent and that percentage remained as final results trickled in…

Area Sports

Lanham leads wrestling camp at Harrah

Duke coach returns to eastern Oklahoma County   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Local middle and high school wrestlers recently had the opportunity to learn from Duke University’s head wrestling coach. Harrah and McLoud wrestlers in grades seventh through 12th were invited out to a wrestling camp at Harrah High School, June 7-8. Dozens of male…

Choctaw claims Class 6A Slow Pitch State Runner-up

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Following rain delays last week the Class 6A State Slow Pitch Tournament was rescheduled for Monday. After some troublesome spring weather, Choctaw High School took to the field Monday with gold on their mind. Choctaw’s slow pitch softball team entered the May 9 state tourney with a 10 a.m. game against…

Choctaw finishes regional runner-up, secures 6A Academic State Championship

Jackets fall in regional final, 5-4   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times After Choctaw earned the right to host a Class 6A regional, last week’s heavy rains put a damper on the Yellowjackets’ hopes for the postseason. After days of heavy rains and severe storm warnings, the regional tournament was relocated from Choctaw High School to…

Back-to-back champions

Lady Longhorns win second straight state basketball title   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Just a short time ago a Jones High School girls’ team had never made the postseason. A year after earning the school’s first girls’ state title, Jones went 3-0 again at the Class 3A State Basketball Championship Tournament to win state for…

Harrah’s Russell takes silver

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Harrah High School sent six wrestlers to the OSSAA Oklahoma High School Wrestling Championships over the weekend. Harrah’s Liam Russell finished runner-up in Class 4A’s 106-pound competition. Russell opened with a fall over Skiatook’s Cole Smith and added a 7-5 semifinal decision over Heritage Hall’s Peyton Park to earn a…

Trio of Yellowjackets medal at OSSAA State Championships

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Choctaw High School had 10 wrestlers qualify for a trip to the prestigious Class 6A Oklahoma High School Wrestling Championships, Feb. 25-26. After a weekend of competition at the State Fairgrounds Arena, Choctaw had three medalists. Leading the way for Choctaw’s state placers was junior Peyton Hand. She claimed her…

The winning Hand

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Hand claims third straight state title Choctaw High School’s Peyton Hand rolled to her third straight state title Saturday at the OSSAA Girls Oklahoma High School Wrestling Championships. Hand went 3-0 Feb. 25-26. She avenged her only high school loss, that came just a week earlier at regionals, and more…

Jackets sting Booker T. Washington

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Ray runs for 287 yards on way to homecoming win Choctaw High School celebrated Homecoming 2021 with a district-play-opening victory over Booker T. Washington. The undefeated and third-ranked Hornets traveled to Bill Jensen Field to take on the second-ranked Yellowjackets. The 6A-II powers collided for a district-opening clash of championship…

There’s no place like Homecoming

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Choctaw to host Booker T. Washington   After a trip to Dallas followed with a bye week, Choctaw High School’s Yellowjackets return home this week. The return home opens district play against one of the state’s top-ranked opponents, Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington. Choctaw (2-1) will host the Hornets (3-0) Friday…

Jackets blowout Beacon Hill, 66-0

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw opens year with shutout of visiting Virginia team Choctaw High School opened football season Friday with a 66-0 shutout of Beacon Hill, Virginia. Choctaw’s offense marched up and down the field with ease going 478 yards on the way to eight touchdowns. Meanwhile, Beacon Hill had no answers for Choctaw’s…

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