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Choctaw mandates masks

City officials overturn short-lived compromise, but split vote causes 30-day implementation delay   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   By a split vote of 4-3, Choctaw became the ninth municipality in the Oklahoma City metro area to pass a mask mandate. However, that mandate won’t be in effect until Sept. 5. When city leaders met in…

Choctaw-Nicoma Park approves split schedule

In person learning limited to twice a week   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   In a special meeting Friday night, the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School BoaAt each site groups will be separated by last name. Effort will be taken to keep siblings, regardless of last name, in the same group. Team Blue will attend school, at…

Kickapoo Turnpike expected to open first phase in September

Eastern Oklahoma County corridor to have 80 mph speed limit By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Eastern Oklahoma County’s new turnpike is expected to begin opening in coming months, and officials say that roadway will open with a speed limit of 80 miles per hour. The northern half of the new Kickapoo Turnpike, connecting I-40 and I-44…

Choctaw talks mask mandate

City moves to require businesses to post CDC guidelines   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Instead of a mask mandate, the Choctaw City Council moved to pass a resolution amendment instructing all businesses in the city to post a notice at their door asking patrons to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, regarding face…

Harrah discusses pandemic mandates

Leaders show no interest in passing local restrictions   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   During Monday’s regular City Council meeting Harrah leaders entertained a discussion on possible future pandemic policy for the City of Harrah. “I don’t want to be the guy to tell a 21-year-old what they can and can’t do,” said mayor Larry…

Police complete de-escalation training

Choctaw hosts eastern Oklahoma County officers for OMAG course   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The Choctaw Police Department recently conducted routine de-escalation training. The department has a newly renovated training room, and they also utilize the technology center to complete monthly training courses. Those monthly training courses help keep Choctaw’s officers up to date on…

Recent Choctaw graduate killed

Police investigating shooting, crash that left an 18-year-old dead By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The Choctaw Police Department is leading an investigation into the death of a recent Choctaw High School graduate. At approximately 2 a.m. the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call stating shots were being fired at a vehicle. Upon arrival of…

Choctaw hosts Graduation 2020

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School hosted a graduation ceremony on Bill Jensen Field, July 13. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic put the CHS 2020 graduation ceremony in jeopardy, but officials moved to host an in-person ceremony July 13. An alternative online graduation was already hosted, and the in-person event was initially scheduled for the…

CHS Activities Center to be named after McCharen

Choctaw High School gym renamed to honor longtime superintendent By Ryan Horton Managing Editor On June 30, Dr. Jim McCharen completed his 48th year in education, and 38 of those years have been in the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District The district had a large celebration to mark the day that was officially proclaimed as Dr.…

City adds metal construction restrictions

Council approves ordinance expanding façade requirements for new primary metal buildings   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor     Officials voted to amend the city’s miscellaneous aesthetic requirements regarding newly constructed metal buildings during the June 23 special meeting of the Choctaw City Council. By a vote of 5-2 city leaders elected to amend Ordinance…

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Choctaw mandates masks

City officials overturn short-lived compromise, but split vote causes 30-day implementation delay   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   By a split vote of 4-3, Choctaw became the ninth municipality in the Oklahoma City metro area to pass a mask mandate. However, that mandate won’t be in effect until Sept. 5. When city leaders met in…

Harrah asks voters to extend 1% excise tax

Voter approval would maintain 8.5% tax rate   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Harrah will ask city residents to maintain the existing sales tax rate with a proposition on the Aug. 25 ballot. The question will ask voters to extend a one percent excise tax, dedicated for public works and capital improvements. The current one percent…

Choctaw-Nicoma Park approves split schedule

In person learning limited to twice a week   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   In a special meeting Friday night, the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School BoaAt each site groups will be separated by last name. Effort will be taken to keep siblings, regardless of last name, in the same group. Team Blue will attend school, at…

Choctaw native joins SSM Health

Medical group welcomes Dr. Taylor Craft SSM Health Medical Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Taylor Craft, pediatrics, to the SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex just off I-40 serving east Oklahoma City, Midwest City and surrounding communities. He will care for patients from birth to 18 years across a variety of non-emergency primary care needs,…

Kickapoo Turnpike expected to open first phase in September

Eastern Oklahoma County corridor to have 80 mph speed limit By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Eastern Oklahoma County’s new turnpike is expected to begin opening in coming months, and officials say that roadway will open with a speed limit of 80 miles per hour. The northern half of the new Kickapoo Turnpike, connecting I-40 and I-44…

Choctaw talks mask mandate

City moves to require businesses to post CDC guidelines   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Instead of a mask mandate, the Choctaw City Council moved to pass a resolution amendment instructing all businesses in the city to post a notice at their door asking patrons to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, regarding face…

Harrah discusses pandemic mandates

Leaders show no interest in passing local restrictions   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   During Monday’s regular City Council meeting Harrah leaders entertained a discussion on possible future pandemic policy for the City of Harrah. “I don’t want to be the guy to tell a 21-year-old what they can and can’t do,” said mayor Larry…

Police complete de-escalation training

Choctaw hosts eastern Oklahoma County officers for OMAG course   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The Choctaw Police Department recently conducted routine de-escalation training. The department has a newly renovated training room, and they also utilize the technology center to complete monthly training courses. Those monthly training courses help keep Choctaw’s officers up to date on…

Housing market stays healthy through pandemic

Demand remains high in eastern Oklahoma County By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The coronavirus has slowed many businesses. The local housing market is not one of them. Home sales remain strong in eastern Oklahoma County and the metro. “After that second week of the shutdown, it’s like someone opened the floodgates,” said Shane Willard with…

Recent Choctaw graduate killed

Police investigating shooting, crash that left an 18-year-old dead By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The Choctaw Police Department is leading an investigation into the death of a recent Choctaw High School graduate. At approximately 2 a.m. the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call stating shots were being fired at a vehicle. Upon arrival of…

Area Sports

Pendleton represents at All-State

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   After having their senior’s seasons canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Oklahoma golfers took to the greens last week for their final high school competition. The All-State Golf Tournament was July 20 at Lincoln Park Golf Course. The West boys team beat the East 8.5-6.5, and the West girls…

Locals help West claim 21-13 All-State win

By Jayson Knight Managing Editor   The West beat the East in the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association All-State Football Game held at Oklahoma Baptist University last Saturday evening. The East threatened late but fell by a final score of 21-13. Several local players were selected for annual all-star event. Carl Albert’s Jayveion Traylor and Reise…

Local baseball standouts help West rally for All-State win

Estes drives in game-winning run By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Jake Estes made sure his last at bat in a Carl Albert uniform was a good one. The recent graduate drove in the go ahead run in the top of the seventh inning to give the Large West squad a 10-9 comeback…

High School All-Stars battle Oklahoma Legends

Oklahoma softballers live up to their legends By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The Oklahoma Legends played a select group of high school softballers in an exhibition game in Shawnee Wednesday night, July 8. The scrimmage contest was the opener to a tournament sponsored by Fastpitch Future Softball that featured players from all over the world…

Photos: All-State Softball 2020

Carl Albert’s Aaliyah Brown, Zadie LaValley and Hannah Williams and Choctaw’s Tiffany Paul represented the Large West team in the Oklahoma High School Fastpitch Coaches Association All-State Game on June 6 at Oklahoma Christian University.  

CHS Activities Center to be named after McCharen

Choctaw High School gym renamed to honor longtime superintendent By Ryan Horton Managing Editor On June 30, Dr. Jim McCharen completed his 48th year in education, and 38 of those years have been in the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District The district had a large celebration to mark the day that was officially proclaimed as Dr.…

Carl Albert golfer staying sharp this summer

Zuniga placed third at Oak Tree Team Championship By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Kamryn Zuniga will have to wait for her first official high school golf tournament. The Carl Albert sophomore was looking forward to making her debut with the Carl Albert Girls Golf Challenge on March 13. But the day before, school was closed…

Best of OKC Metro honors EOC stars

By John Martin Staff Writer     State champion distance ace Tabitha Fox of Jones and Reise Collier, ringleader of the Carl Albert Titans’ four-time State Champion football team, headline a large group of outstanding East Oklahoma County athletes honored at the All-City Prep Best of OKC Metro ceremony Thursday night. The virtual celebration featured presentations…

Rose State College adding volleyball

School hosting varsity tryouts June 27 By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Rose State College will have a new sport on campus this fall. The school is adding women’s volleyball to its athletic program beginning in 2020-21 school year. “We’ve been looking to grow our sports for some time and Dr. (Jeanie) Webb has been very…

Hawk lands with Eagles

Coach departs Choctaw for first high school head coach position By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Former Tuttle baseball standout Corey Hawk is departing Choctaw to accept a head coaching position at Del City High School. Hawk graduated from Tuttle High School in 2008. The outfielder helped the Tigers advance to three Class 4A state title…

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