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Reid named next Superintendent

David Reid to follow Dr. Jim McCharen at helm of Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools David Reid has been named the next Superintendent of the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District. After 48 years in education, Dr. Jim McCharen will retire from his 18-year post at the helm of CNP Schools, effective June 30. At that time Reid will…

End of EOCP era

Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership to dissolve July 1 After a decade of working to build a regional identity for the eastern region of Oklahoma County, the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership is officially set to dissolve. Effective July 1, the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership will be no more. The EOC Partnership started in 2010 as a…

McCharen announces retirement

Choctaw-Nicoma Park Superintendent submits letter of resignation The Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board accepted the retirement resignation of Dr. Jim McCharen at Monday evening’s regular monthly board meeting. McCharen is completing his 48th year in education, and 38 of those years have been in the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District. He has served as a classroom teacher,…

Small businesses not immune to COVID-19’s terrible toll

With research and responsibility, Cory Rose put safety precautions in place before there were any cases of the coronavirus in Oklahoma. Rose, owner/operator at Peaceful Warriors Martial Arts, was tracking the coronavirus for weeks. He noticed COVID-19’s disastrous impact on the stock market, and began preparing for the virus’s arrival. “I was tracking this from…

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…

Area News

Bringing back Steak and Ale

  By Steve Coulter Co-Publisher On July 29, 2008, all remaining Steak and Ale locations closed as part of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding. Now after nearly 12 years, Steak and Ale is poised for an epic comeback. Created in 1966 by the late Norman Brinker. The iconic restaurant chain with its dimly lit ambiance,…

Shepherd’s Law signed into law

Sen. Stanley’s bill creates licensure and oversight for midwives By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Several Oklahoma lawmakers have sought to regulate midwives in the state. And several have failed. Sen. Brenda Stanley found rare success on the issue last week with passage of Senate Bill 1823, which is also known as Shepherd’s Law. The law…

Taylor challenges Cole to protect Oklahoman meat producers and consumers

James Taylor, who is challenging long-time incumbent Congressman Tom Cole, for the Republican Party nomination in the fourth congressional district, issued a challenge for Cole today to protect the meat producers and consumers of Oklahoma, rather than to “bend the knee to the globalist agenda.” “The recent importation of the coronavirus from Communist China illustrates…

Reid named next Superintendent

David Reid to follow Dr. Jim McCharen at helm of Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools David Reid has been named the next Superintendent of the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District. After 48 years in education, Dr. Jim McCharen will retire from his 18-year post at the helm of CNP Schools, effective June 30. At that time Reid will…

End of EOCP era

Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership to dissolve July 1 After a decade of working to build a regional identity for the eastern region of Oklahoma County, the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership is officially set to dissolve. Effective July 1, the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership will be no more. The EOC Partnership started in 2010 as a…

McCharen announces retirement

Choctaw-Nicoma Park Superintendent submits letter of resignation The Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board accepted the retirement resignation of Dr. Jim McCharen at Monday evening’s regular monthly board meeting. McCharen is completing his 48th year in education, and 38 of those years have been in the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District. He has served as a classroom teacher,…

Small businesses not immune to COVID-19’s terrible toll

With research and responsibility, Cory Rose put safety precautions in place before there were any cases of the coronavirus in Oklahoma. Rose, owner/operator at Peaceful Warriors Martial Arts, was tracking the coronavirus for weeks. He noticed COVID-19’s disastrous impact on the stock market, and began preparing for the virus’s arrival. “I was tracking this from…

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…

Area Sports

Soccer players earn all-state honors

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Several local soccer players earned all-state honors. The Oklahoma Soccer Coaches Association last week announced its all-state teams which included players from Carl Albert, Choctaw, Del City, Harrah and Midwest City. The all-state games were canceled this year due to the coronavirus. Each school could nominate two position players and…

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…

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