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2022 Teacher of the Year Finalists announced

  By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times A local educator is in the running for the state’s top honor. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today announced the 12 finalists for Oklahoma’s next Teacher of the Year. “These 12 educators represent some of the best teaching talent in Oklahoma,” said Hofmeister. “These finalists are exceptional examples…

Building a road plan

Traffic counts add clarity to road improvement needs By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times After Choctaw voters rejected two proposals on a February 2020 ballot that would have provided funding for needed road reconstruction throughout the city limits, city officials took action to begin gathering more information regarding the city’s streets in an effort to begin developing…

Bower named interim Harrah city manager

By John Martin Staff Writer When the Harrah City Council gathered for its monthly meeting Monday night, there was a new face at the table. The Council in a special meeting on July 6 selected former Midwest City Fire Chief Mike Bower as interim City Manager replacing Clayton Lucas whose contract was terminated last month.…

Domino Convenience Stores to build in Choctaw

Store to be constructed on northeast corner of NE 23rd Street and Hiwassee By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Locals will soon have a new option for refueling in eastern Oklahoma County. Domino Convenience Stores is expanding with a new location in Choctaw. This new store, Domino No. 132, will be located at the northeast corner of…

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,…

Area News

Fiber provider considers Choctaw

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   City Council to vote on franchise agreement with Bluepeak   The Choctaw City Council is considering approving a new franchise agreement that would allow residents of Choctaw access to a new high-speed internet and television provider. Bluepeak is a privately-funded fiber company that is investing in major expansion throughout the…

Holidays with Heroes

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Eastern Oklahoma County first responders unite to take children Christmas shopping   Local first responders recently took time to celebrate the holidays with some youngsters they consider to be hometown heroes. The Eastern Oklahoma County Chief’s Association hosted their inaugural Holiday with Heroes event on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.…

Bond election planned for 2022

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Two new elementary schools among plans for Choctaw-Nicoma Park   The Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District is earnestly preparing a school bond proposal to present to citizens of the district in early 2022. Officials say thanks to voter support of the last bond issue, passed 14 years ago, this new bond…

Parents urge CNP Schools to open doors

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Online petition aims to influence Choctaw-Nicoma Park principals in to allowing parents back inside district school sites   Local parents have started an effort to urge principals to open their school facilities up to the families of attending students. While Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools have long been reopened to in-person learning…

SWEET 16: Drama claims another OSSAA 6A One Act State Championship

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw’s theatre program has claimed their 16th Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A One Act State Championship with a breathtaking one-act performance of The Women of Lockerbie. Aubrey Hoag, Mckinley Rowton and Anna Dewey were each selected as All-State Actors. Choctaw’s one-act cutting secured an unprecedented 18th regional crown and…

2022 Teacher of the Year Finalists announced

  By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times A local educator is in the running for the state’s top honor. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today announced the 12 finalists for Oklahoma’s next Teacher of the Year. “These 12 educators represent some of the best teaching talent in Oklahoma,” said Hofmeister. “These finalists are exceptional examples…

Progress celebrated at Choctaw Road and SE 15th

  By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Friday the Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosted ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Bobby Lewis State Farm Insurance and Elizabeth D O’Malley Edward Jones at Choctaw Road and SE 15th. Visitors got a tour of the first two anchor offices in the new development and also took a look at the future…

Minors facing charges after alleged attack

Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools and local police working together to combat bullying By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times A recent act of violence in the Choctaw High School parking lot has many in the community focused on reducing bullying and fighting within the school district. Public outcry grew over the weekend after videos of the alleged assault, involving…

EOCRC delivers school supplies

Nearly $12,000 worth of materials provided By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times A recent school supply drive provided nearly $12,000 worth of supplies for Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Harrah, Jones and McLoud students. Monday volunteers with the Eastern Oklahoma Resource Center delivered an estimated $11,650 worth of school supplies to area schools. Coordinators estimate the donations will help around…

Stolen truck chase ends in head-on collision

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times A chase down Anderson Road Thursday left three police cruisers damaged as officers arrested a suspected truck thief after he crashed head-on into a Choctaw officer. At approximately 9:50 p.m. August 5, Nicoma Park officer Blaine Lander encountered a truck pulling a heavily loaded trailer at 10th and Westminster. Police say…

Area Sports

Jackets sting Booker T. Washington

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Ray runs for 287 yards on way to homecoming win Choctaw High School celebrated Homecoming 2021 with a district-play-opening victory over Booker T. Washington. The undefeated and third-ranked Hornets traveled to Bill Jensen Field to take on the second-ranked Yellowjackets. The 6A-II powers collided for a district-opening clash of championship…

There’s no place like Homecoming

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Choctaw to host Booker T. Washington   After a trip to Dallas followed with a bye week, Choctaw High School’s Yellowjackets return home this week. The return home opens district play against one of the state’s top-ranked opponents, Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington. Choctaw (2-1) will host the Hornets (3-0) Friday…

Jackets blowout Beacon Hill, 66-0

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw opens year with shutout of visiting Virginia team Choctaw High School opened football season Friday with a 66-0 shutout of Beacon Hill, Virginia. Choctaw’s offense marched up and down the field with ease going 478 yards on the way to eight touchdowns. Meanwhile, Beacon Hill had no answers for Choctaw’s…

Oklahoma Pistols win Gulf Coast World Series

Local 10U players finish atop 46 teams in Alabama   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   The Pistols, a local 10U baseball team, recently had the opportunity to travel to Gulf Shores, Alabama and compete in the World Series. The team went a perfect 8-0 to become World Series Champions. “I am sure some think we…

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…

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