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Choctaw band students honored with 2020 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence

Choctaw High School’s instrumental program had two students selected as recipients of the prestigious 2020 State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence. Those CHS seniors are Ben Harvey and Ethan Karnes. Ben Harvey, a clarinet player, is a four-year member of the Choctaw High School Wind Ensemble and the Pride of Choctaw High School Marching Band. …

CHS students honored with 2020 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence

Choctaw High School’s theatre arts program recently had five students selected as recipients for the 2020 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence. Those students are seniors, CJ Craig and Alyssa Payne, and juniors Alyx Sabina, Cameron Guest and Lexi Sendall. “The State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence are awarded to high school juniors and seniors…

Coronavirus stymies spring schedule

This week the way coronavirus is viewed by the nation seemingly changed with events unfolding right here in Oklahoma. Residents are asked to keep spring and summer schedules flexible as the recently declared COVID-19 pandemic is expected to continue to cause cancellations. Just over an hour before the Choctaw High School and Jones High School…

Lady Jackets are State Bound

Lady Jackets take aim at 6A crown Choctaw High School is headed back to the Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association Class 6A Basketball State Championship Tournament. The Lady Yellowjackets dominated a home regional tourney to claim their seventh straight regional crown. Choctaw advanced to the Area Championship where the Lady Jackets suffered their second loss of…

Lady Longhorns make history

Jones High School to make first trip to state tournament Jones High School claimed the Area Championship with a 51-39 win over No. 14 Kingston Friday, and with the win the Jones girls have made history. The Lady Longhorns are headed to the state tournament for the first time ever. “Since day one my goal…

Community rallies behind man accused of assaulting firefighter

With several hundred taking to social media and nearly 100 more sending hand signed character letters to a local family, the community has rallied behind a Choctaw man accused of verbally berating and pushing a firefighter. On Sunday, March 1 an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a home near SE 15th and Peebly…

Road plan rejected

Voters deny proposed tax increases Choctaw voters have rejected two propositions meant to fund road reconstruction throughout the city limits. The Feb. 11 election produced a significant turnout of registered voters on both sides of the issue. In the end, over 22 percent of the city’s registered voters exercised their right to vote and soundly…

New development under construction in Choctaw

Developer looking for businesses to setup shop at Choctaw Road and SE 15th Street Construction on a new commercial development is underway. Dirt work is now visible on a two-phase retail development at the southeast corner of Choctaw Road and SE 15th Street. The project was first announced in early 2018. After the property was…

Choctaw’s Veterans Memorial seeks new management

Choctaw Veterans Memorial is looking for a few good citizens. The memorial dedicated to veterans, located near the intersection of NE 23rd Street and Choctaw Road, is in need of a dedicated group of citizens to handle the management and future expansion of the site. Choctaw Economic Development Authority is a board dedicated to economic…

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Choctaw band students honored with 2020 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence

Choctaw High School’s instrumental program had two students selected as recipients of the prestigious 2020 State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence. Those CHS seniors are Ben Harvey and Ethan Karnes. Ben Harvey, a clarinet player, is a four-year member of the Choctaw High School Wind Ensemble and the Pride of Choctaw High School Marching Band. …

CHS students honored with 2020 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence

Choctaw High School’s theatre arts program recently had five students selected as recipients for the 2020 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence. Those students are seniors, CJ Craig and Alyssa Payne, and juniors Alyx Sabina, Cameron Guest and Lexi Sendall. “The State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence are awarded to high school juniors and seniors…

Coronavirus stymies spring schedule

This week the way coronavirus is viewed by the nation seemingly changed with events unfolding right here in Oklahoma. Residents are asked to keep spring and summer schedules flexible as the recently declared COVID-19 pandemic is expected to continue to cause cancellations. Just over an hour before the Choctaw High School and Jones High School…

Rose State transitions to online classes to prevent the spread of COVID-19

As a precautionary and protective measure, Rose State College in-person, face-to-face classes will NOT be held March 23 through March 27. The college will not hold traditional on-site classes during the week of March 23-27. Faculty and staff will use the week to continue preparation for remote, on-line course delivery, in the event it is…

Community rallies behind man accused of assaulting firefighter

With several hundred taking to social media and nearly 100 more sending hand signed character letters to a local family, the community has rallied behind a Choctaw man accused of verbally berating and pushing a firefighter. On Sunday, March 1 an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a home near SE 15th and Peebly…

Road plan rejected

Voters deny proposed tax increases Choctaw voters have rejected two propositions meant to fund road reconstruction throughout the city limits. The Feb. 11 election produced a significant turnout of registered voters on both sides of the issue. In the end, over 22 percent of the city’s registered voters exercised their right to vote and soundly…

Choctaw’s ‘Road Forward’

Election scheduled for Feb. 11 Voters will soon have the opportunity to determine how the City of Choctaw moves forward with road repairs. A Feb. 11 election will determine if residents wish to continue ongoing practices of road repair efforts or if they’d rather kickstart a new era of road management focused on reconstruction. The…

Choctaw hosts Town Hall Meeting for Feb. 11 election

The public forum, hosted by the Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce, had nearly 80 in attendance and another couple hundred watching live through the Facebook Live video stream provided by the chamber. The Town Hall meeting featured city officials going over the plan for road improvements and the two ballot questions voters will decide on…

New development under construction in Choctaw

Developer looking for businesses to setup shop at Choctaw Road and SE 15th Street Construction on a new commercial development is underway. Dirt work is now visible on a two-phase retail development at the southeast corner of Choctaw Road and SE 15th Street. The project was first announced in early 2018. After the property was…

Local banking employee retiring

BancFirst in Nicoma Park hosting retirement celebration all day Friday, Jan. 17 By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer A longtime employee in the banking system, Mary Henderson will be retiring on Friday, Jan. 17.  She has worked at BancFirst in Nicoma Park for the past 12 years. Henderson said it was a hard decision to make…

Area Sports

Lady Jackets are State Bound

Lady Jackets take aim at 6A crown Choctaw High School is headed back to the Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association Class 6A Basketball State Championship Tournament. The Lady Yellowjackets dominated a home regional tourney to claim their seventh straight regional crown. Choctaw advanced to the Area Championship where the Lady Jackets suffered their second loss of…

Lady Longhorns make history

Jones High School to make first trip to state tournament Jones High School claimed the Area Championship with a 51-39 win over No. 14 Kingston Friday, and with the win the Jones girls have made history. The Lady Longhorns are headed to the state tournament for the first time ever. “Since day one my goal…

CHS claims double gold at Panther Classic

Choctaw dominates Panther Classic Both Choctaw High School basketball squads dominated their way to a Harrah Panther Classic Championship over the weekend. After opening the year with two close losses, the CHS boys turned it around this weekend and captured three straight over ranked challengers. CHS opened with a 91-52 romp over Class 3A’s No.…

Choctaw opens basketball season vs. Lawton

JV squads dominate Wolverines Choctaw High School opened basketball season last Tuesday hosting Lawton. Before the varsity contests got underway Choctaw performed well in the junior varsity matchups. Both junior varsity squads claimed big wins leading up to varsity contests. The JV Lady Yellowjackets didn’t allow Lawton to find the hoop until late in the…

Final 4: Yellowjackets to make first State Semifinal appearance since 1965

Choctaw High School claimed a historic win Friday night. Choctaw gave the Roughers their third consecutive first-round playoff exit, while the Yellowjackets, in their first playoff appearance since 2015, claimed their first postseason win since 1981. The Class 6A-II State Quarterfinal victory advanced the Jackets to the state semifinals for the first time since 1965.…

Choctaw heads to playoffs

Jackets dominate Deer Creek to place No. 3 in District 6A-II-I With a dominant win over Deer Creek, 62-34, Choctaw finished the regular season No. 3 in District 6A-II-I. The Yellowjackets (7-3, 5-2) are now preparing for their first playoff appearance since 2015, which will be the school’s 16th trip to the postseason. Choctaw scored…

Choctaw downs Bombers, 42-41

Choctaw claimed a 42-41 double-overtime victory over neighboring rival Midwest City Friday at Rose Field. Senior linebacker and Oklahoma State University commit, Jeff Roberson, snagged a game-winning interception to ruin Midwest City’s 2-point conversion attempt in double overtime. After a back-and-fourth first half Choctaw’s defense would open up the second half putting the Yellowjackets in…

Jackets stun Lawton, 41-35

Choctaw rallies late to score final 21 points Choctaw High School’s Yellowjackets rallied late Friday to secure a big district win that likely ruined any hopes the Wolverines had of a playoff appearance. On a cold and rainy night in Lawton, Choctaw produced 560 yards of offense by the end of the night to win…

Jackets throttle Shawnee

Choctaw opens season with 49-21 win over SHS Choctaw began its 2019 season with a dominant 49-21 victory against Shawnee Friday night at Bill Jensen Field. Choctaw scored early and often as the Yellowjackets refused to take their foot off the gas despite rotating through nearly the entire lineup. With an aggressive offensive scheme the…

Yellowjackets prepare to open vs. Shawnee

Going into a third season head coach Jake Corbin and his staff are more confident than ever about the future of Choctaw football. Corbin says his young and talented squad is in prime condition, and they’ll be ready to perform as winners week after week. “I feel like we’re in very good shape. Our physical…

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