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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…

STATE BOUND

Last-second field goal lifts Choctaw past Pioneers   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor With one second remaining on the play clock, sophomore kicker Tommy Yousey drilled a 25-yard field goal to put Choctaw High School ahead of Stillwater, 38-35, as time expired in the Class 6A-II semifinal Saturday at Owasso Stadium. Choctaw is now set to…

Choctaw goes undefeated (7-0) at home

  By Ryan Horton Managing Editor “This is our house, this is our house,” repeated the chant from the Choctaw High School student section Friday night as the Yellowjackets ran out the clock to capture a 20-7 win over Putnam City North in the Class 6A-II state quarterfinal. The Yellowjackets swarmed to defend the nest successfully…

Sheriff candidates tout experience, plans at debate

Johnson offers “fresh perspective” and Cubit highlights experience in law enforcement By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon OKLAHOMA CITY – Candidates for Oklahoma County Sheriff squared off last Thursday night in a debate at The Auditorium at The Douglass. The event was hosted by NonDoc and News 9. Democrat Wayland Cubit highlighted his experience in…

Choctaw to return to five-day learning

CNP School Board votes to begin transitioning back to full week for in-person students   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor At the most recent regular Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board meeting, officials unanimously approved Superintendent David Reid’s recommendation to begin transitioning back toward a five-day in-person school week. The board voted to begin changing back to a…

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…

State audit adds concerns about Epic Charter Schools

Byrd: Epic owes the State of Oklahoma $8.9 million   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s much-anticipated investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools has finally been released. The release found that Epic sends about one in four taxpayer dollars it receives, as a public school, to its co-founders’ for-profit company.…

Yellowjackets making history

‘Golden Age’ continues for Choctaw High School with first win over Booker T. Washington By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The Yellowjackets are making history on their quest for gold. Choctaw High School shocked No. 3 Booker T. Washington on their own field Friday night, 26-22. The win moved Choctaw to 1-0 in district play, and…

Yellowjackets sting Van Buren, 28-10

CHS claims first win over an Arkansas opponent   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School made history Friday night when they claimed the school’s first win over an Arkansas football opponent. The Yellowjackets beat Van Buren, 28-10. “What always saves us is our effort. Our kids play extremely hard and don’t give up. A…

Choctaw adjusts utility fees

City’s efforts to modernize operations noticeable on latest bills By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Residents of the City of Choctaw may have noticed an increase on their most recent utility bill. City officials say that is the new normal as Choctaw works to modernize operations. The Choctaw Utility Authority has updated their fee structure and…

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In-person students to return to five-day learning

Parents asked to move distance-learning students to EDGE Virtual Academy, send in-person students back to school   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   A special school board meeting today has set the district up to resume in-person learning next week. The Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board has authorized Superintendent David Reid the authority to determine whether district…

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…

STATE BOUND

Last-second field goal lifts Choctaw past Pioneers   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor With one second remaining on the play clock, sophomore kicker Tommy Yousey drilled a 25-yard field goal to put Choctaw High School ahead of Stillwater, 38-35, as time expired in the Class 6A-II semifinal Saturday at Owasso Stadium. Choctaw is now set to…

Choctaw goes undefeated (7-0) at home

  By Ryan Horton Managing Editor “This is our house, this is our house,” repeated the chant from the Choctaw High School student section Friday night as the Yellowjackets ran out the clock to capture a 20-7 win over Putnam City North in the Class 6A-II state quarterfinal. The Yellowjackets swarmed to defend the nest successfully…

‘Girls of the Month’ announced

Nicoma Park-Choctaw Business Women’s Club makes this year’s selections By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer The Nicoma Park Choctaw Business Women’s Club recently held a tea for the “Girls of the Month” and their sponsors as follows: Misses: January, Grace Maples, Sponsor Sue Moore; February,Isabel Baker, Sponsor Nanci Noakes; March, Makiya Carter, Sponsor Barbara Davidson; April,…

Early ice storm hits Choctaw

As electric service is restored, city faces burden of downed trees By Ryan Horton Managing Editor A historically early ice storm struck the area last Monday freezing trees that were fully covered in leaves, resulting in falling tree limbs throughout the community. As a result, a record number of OGE customers were out of power last…

Sheriff candidates tout experience, plans at debate

Johnson offers “fresh perspective” and Cubit highlights experience in law enforcement By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon OKLAHOMA CITY – Candidates for Oklahoma County Sheriff squared off last Thursday night in a debate at The Auditorium at The Douglass. The event was hosted by NonDoc and News 9. Democrat Wayland Cubit highlighted his experience in…

Choctaw to return to five-day learning

CNP School Board votes to begin transitioning back to full week for in-person students   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor At the most recent regular Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board meeting, officials unanimously approved Superintendent David Reid’s recommendation to begin transitioning back toward a five-day in-person school week. The board voted to begin changing back to a…

Bandana Red’s Grill needs a new name

Community to vote on new name Bandana Red’s Grill has been a Staple Café in the Choctaw and surrounding community for almost 18 years. It has enjoyed the fantastic support of this community for a long time and we hope to continue that as we are seeing new faces at Bandana Red’s Grill every day,…

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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STATE BOUND

Last-second field goal lifts Choctaw past Pioneers   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor With one second remaining on the play clock, sophomore kicker Tommy Yousey drilled a 25-yard field goal to put Choctaw High School ahead of Stillwater, 38-35, as time expired in the Class 6A-II semifinal Saturday at Owasso Stadium. Choctaw is now set to…

Choctaw goes undefeated (7-0) at home

  By Ryan Horton Managing Editor “This is our house, this is our house,” repeated the chant from the Choctaw High School student section Friday night as the Yellowjackets ran out the clock to capture a 20-7 win over Putnam City North in the Class 6A-II state quarterfinal. The Yellowjackets swarmed to defend the nest successfully…

Volleyball players earn all-state honors

Carl Albert’s Hunter and Choctaw’s Thomas named to all-state team By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon A pair of local high school volleyball players received all-state honors. Carl Albert’s Marlee Hunter and Choctaw’s Josie Thomas were both named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State volleyball team. The seniors will represent the Large West squad in…

Choctaw throttles Putnam West, 55-12

Jackets lead district in win count By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School hosted Putnam City West to a 55-12 thrashing Friday night. The district matchup was scheduled to be in Putnam City, but widespread power outages following last week’s early ice storm moved the contest east. Choctaw didn’t hesitate to slap 40 unanswered points…

Jackets rough up Muskogee

CHS moves to 3-1 in District 6A-II-2   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Last year when Choctaw faced Muskogee, the Yelowjackets ended the Rougher’s season on their own field to kick off the Class 6A-II playoffs. The eight-point state quarterfinal victory advanced the Jackets to the state semifinals for the first time since 1965. This year’s…

Lady Yellowjackets finish one game away

Owasso stuns Choctaw to take regional crown By Ryan Horton Managing Editor As a softball powerhouse, Choctaw always expects to make a push deep into the postseason. Unfortunately, this year’s season ended early as the Lady Yellowjackets finished one game shy of the state tournament. Choctaw High School played host to a 6A Regional Tournament Oct.…

Choctaw wins Big 8 Conference

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School volleyball claimed the Oklahoma Big 8 Conference Championship Oct. 6. Oklahoma Big 8 Conference schools include Choctaw, Enid, Midwest City, Putnam City Original, Putnam City West, Putnam City North and Ponca City. After claiming the conference crown, Choctaw’s Lady Yellowjackets went to work preparing for a regional tournament.…

Spartans stop Choctaw, 24-13

No. 1 Bixby is first Oklahoma team to stop Yellowjackets   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Choctaw traveled to Bixby’s Snider Stadium Friday night to take on the state’s top-ranked football program. In a District 6A-II-2 matchup the No. 4-ranked Yellowjackets were threatening No. 1 Bixby all night, but as time expired the Spartans survived…

Jackets sting Ponca City at Homecoming

Choctaw moves to 2-0 in District 6A-II-2 By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Choctaw High School celebrated Homecoming 2020 with a move to 2-0 in district play. The Yellowjackets won Friday’s game over the visiting Ponca City Wildcats, 20-14. With a 50-yard bomb from Steele Wasel to Jax Burchett, Choctaw scored on Ponca City with 9:36…

Yellowjackets making history

‘Golden Age’ continues for Choctaw High School with first win over Booker T. Washington By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The Yellowjackets are making history on their quest for gold. Choctaw High School shocked No. 3 Booker T. Washington on their own field Friday night, 26-22. The win moved Choctaw to 1-0 in district play, and…

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