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Firework retailers encourage early shopping

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   National shortage causes supply concerns at local stands For many, fireworks are the most anticipated aspect of annual Fourth of July celebrations. Many eastern Oklahoma County residents especially take pride in discharging their own fireworks at private parties and social gatherings around Independence Day. However, local fireworks distributors are warning…

Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center breaks ground in Choctaw

Nonprofit works to prove the community is ‘better together’   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times June 2 the Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center, to be located east of Harper Road on NE 20th Street in Choctaw. EOCRC is an established nonprofit and has been actively…

Choctaw fifth grader awarded for patriotism

EOC Rotary Satellite Club hosts inaugural essay contest   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times The East Oklahoma County Rotary Satellite Club recently launched a new service project calling for essay entries from local fifth graders. Designed to encourage writing and critical thinking skills, the inaugural contest was themed “What does patriotism mean in America today?” East…

Choctaw claims 15th State Championship

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Competition looked different this school year, but Choctaw High School Drama and Stagecraft has done it again. Choctaw’s theatre program has claimed their 15th Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A One Act State Championship with a breathtaking one-act performance of The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman. All-State Actors include Anna…

City of Choctaw mask mandate expires

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times After 227 days under a mask mandate, the City of Choctaw’s mask requirements officially expired April 20. City officials had voted for a mask mandate in August, but a split vote (4-3) caused a 30-day implementation delay. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of the expiration of the…

Piece of the Action: Oklahoma’s entertainment industry is diversifying its economy

The Oklahoma Legislature has succeeded in bringing the entertainment industry to the Sooner State. Prairie Surf Media has purchased the Cox Convention Center, and turned it into five flexible, state-of-the-art soundstages with all the amenities. The owners of Prairie Surf Media, Rachel Cannon and Matt Payne, visited the Oklahoma State Capitol in March of 2020,…

Congresswoman Bice visits EOC

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosts tour of Jones The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosted Congresswoman Stephanie Bice’s first official visit to eastern Oklahoma County since taking office, April 8. Chamber officials say the goal was to help introduce the Congresswoman to the EOC area. The Choctaw Area Chamber…

Choctaw takes 8th straight regional title

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Lady Jackets make another dominant run to area Choctaw High School’s Lady Yellowjackets secured their eighth straight regional title Saturday. Choctaw hosted Southmoore and No. 14 Deer Creek to lopsided decisions this year. Opening with Southmoore, the Lady Jackets threw up 70 points and allowed just 31 as they cruised to…

Arrest made following murder of Choctaw teen

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Homicide suspect found hiding in closet Officials with the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force arrested a homicide suspect at a home in Edmond on Thursday. Around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force arrested 25-year-old Maurice McCall as he hid in a closet of an Edmond home. Authorities say McCall…

Kickapoo Turnpike opens for travel

Southern half of new toll road announces opening in first week of 2021   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The Kickapoo Turnpike, connecting I-40 and I-44 in eastern Oklahoma County, was set to open entirely this week. The northern 11-mile section (NE 23rd to I-44) of the new toll road opened Oct. 13, 2020, and last…

Area News

Firework retailers encourage early shopping

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   National shortage causes supply concerns at local stands For many, fireworks are the most anticipated aspect of annual Fourth of July celebrations. Many eastern Oklahoma County residents especially take pride in discharging their own fireworks at private parties and social gatherings around Independence Day. However, local fireworks distributors are warning…

Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center breaks ground in Choctaw

Nonprofit works to prove the community is ‘better together’   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times June 2 the Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center, to be located east of Harper Road on NE 20th Street in Choctaw. EOCRC is an established nonprofit and has been actively…

Stir at The Simple Brew offers ‘speakeasy’ atmosphere in Harrah

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Local business owners Chad and Christy Wimer have the perfect place for eastern Oklahoma County residents to go the next time they’re feeling a little stir-crazy. Following the success of the coffee shop, The Simple Brew, the couple has officially opened their second business venture along Harrah Road. The Harrah Chamber…

Choctaw fifth grader awarded for patriotism

EOC Rotary Satellite Club hosts inaugural essay contest   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times The East Oklahoma County Rotary Satellite Club recently launched a new service project calling for essay entries from local fifth graders. Designed to encourage writing and critical thinking skills, the inaugural contest was themed “What does patriotism mean in America today?” East…

Choctaw claims 15th State Championship

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Competition looked different this school year, but Choctaw High School Drama and Stagecraft has done it again. Choctaw’s theatre program has claimed their 15th Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A One Act State Championship with a breathtaking one-act performance of The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman. All-State Actors include Anna…

Three injured in Choctaw shooting

Gunshots bring early end to visiting rodeo event   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Officials are investigating a weekend shooting in Choctaw that left three people injured. Police say they received a call of shots being fired at the Choctaw Roundup Club rodeo grounds around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, May 8. When police arrived at the…

New Harrah mayor clashes with city staff

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times City attorney contemplates resignation   In an April 6 election, Harrah voters selected three new city officials. Mayor Danny Trent, Ward 1 Councilman Paul Wiegert and Ward 3 Councilman Chris Lally were all sworn into office April 19. However, clashes with the new mayor and existing city staff were underway before…

City of Choctaw mask mandate expires

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times After 227 days under a mask mandate, the City of Choctaw’s mask requirements officially expired April 20. City officials had voted for a mask mandate in August, but a split vote (4-3) caused a 30-day implementation delay. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of the expiration of the…

Congresswoman Bice visits EOC

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosts tour of Jones The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosted Congresswoman Stephanie Bice’s first official visit to eastern Oklahoma County since taking office, April 8. Chamber officials say the goal was to help introduce the Congresswoman to the EOC area. The Choctaw Area Chamber…

Harrah works to overcome divisive election

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Residents vote for three new city officials   Harrah has selected new city leadership following a divisive campaign cycle that included defamatory political mailers, hostile social media exchanges and the cancellation of public candidate forums following safety concerns. The most contested Harrah municipal election in recent history resulted in voters…

Area Sports

Jones girls romp to State Championship

  By John Martin Staff Writer Who’s No. 1 now? Oklahoma Class 3A girls basketball coaches might want to rethink their ballot after the No. 2 Jones Lady Longhorns had no difficulty whatsoever disposing of previously undefeated and No. 1 ranked Roland, 63-28, in the OSSAA State Championship at the Big House Saturday night. That’s…

STATE BOUND: Choctaw takes Area Championship, Mustang wins in consolation

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Lady Jackets sting Mustang in area final, 56-52 There’s no doubt Thursday’s area final between No. 4 Choctaw and No. 5-ranked Mustang was a championship matchup. The top-tier programs tied in four quarters before the Lady Yellowjackets finally edged out Mustang in overtime to claim a Class 6A Area Championship and…

Lady Longhorns punch ticket to state

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Jones fans are excited to experience a little Deja Vu as the Lady Longhorns have punched their ticket to state. Jones High School has captured the area title with a win over Kingston, and is now prepared to make their first state tournament appearance…again. A year ago, Jones High School claimed…

EOC little league hosts ‘March Madness’

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   COVID-19, winter weather pushes youth season back to a 95-team March postseason tournament   The EOC Basketball League hosted a postseason invitational over the weekend with 95 teams competing over three days at five different schools throughout eastern Oklahoma County. A year of scheduling complications, from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic…

Six Jackets place at state

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times 5 Yellowjackets medal, lone Lady Jacket takes gold   Choctaw High School had five state placers at the 2021 OSSAA Class 6A State Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Caden Holman, of Choctaw, secured fourth at 113 pounds. Holman suffered a 3-2 sudden victory loss in his final match with Putnam City’s Kalib Nolan…

Pay Day for Choctaw’s Girl State Champion

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Peyton Hand goes undefeated, takes state title   Choctaw’s lone female wrestler handled all challengers this season as she rolled on to a take top honors Thursday at Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City. Choctaw High School’s Peyton Hand finished her sophomore year with a perfect 16-0 record when she claimed…

Choctaw boys take regional runner-up

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw High School advanced to the area tournament Saturday when they claimed regional runner-up. The Yellowjackets opened regional play flying by Yukon, 68-46. The Millers (5-8) never had a chance as Choctaw jumped out to a big lead to put an end to their season. The Jackets commanded a 36-18 lead…

Choctaw takes 8th straight regional title

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Lady Jackets make another dominant run to area Choctaw High School’s Lady Yellowjackets secured their eighth straight regional title Saturday. Choctaw hosted Southmoore and No. 14 Deer Creek to lopsided decisions this year. Opening with Southmoore, the Lady Jackets threw up 70 points and allowed just 31 as they cruised to…

Lady Jackets sweep rival Putnam West

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Tuesday night Choctaw’s Lady Yellowjackets completed a season sweep of rival Putnam City West. With some dominant defense the Lady Jackets secured a 47-27 win. “Always a good night when the game plan is executed. Holding a team like that to 27 points is a special night,” said head coach…

Valentine’s Day: Freshman leads with 22 points

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Freshman phenom’s last-second 3-pointer takes Patriots to OT Freshman phenom Ja’Mon Valentine led the Yellowjackets to a big 76-75 come-from-behind overtime victory last Tuesday. Valentine had a lone basket in the first quarter, he added a 3-pointer in the third and then unloaded in the fourth with 17 points. Finishing…

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