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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…

Locals featured in Celebrating America broadcast

Oklahoma received some primetime attention last week during the inauguration celebration of President Joe Biden. Five local performers sang and danced to Bill Withers’ hit “Lovely Day,” performed by Demi Lovato as President Joe Biden and family watched along to the Celebrating America broadcast. The local cast included Lenny Hatchett, of Choctaw, Jaclyn Gass, of…

EOC Tech passes 5th straight bond issue

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   $730,000 for technology infrastructure approved for Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Harrah, Jones and Luther With all 40 precincts reporting, the Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center bond issue renewal passed Jan. 12, 969-259. The EOC Tech Center, which is located in Choctaw and serves Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Harrah, Jones and Luther public schools, has…

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…

Choctaw takes state runner-up

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The Yellowjackets concluded their best season in 60 years by securing state runner-up. In a defensive battle, top-ranked Bixby knocked off No. 2 Choctaw 17-14 on Saturday at Wantland Stadium to win the Class 6A-II state championship. It was the Spartans’ third straight title, sixth in the past seven years and…

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 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.…

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…

Choctaw’s Veterans Memorial seeks new management

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw Veterans Memorial is looking for a few good citizens. The memorial dedicated to veterans, located near the intersection of NE 23rd Street and Choctaw Road, is in need of a dedicated group of citizens to handle the management and future expansion of the site. Choctaw Economic Development Authority is…

Area News

Choctaw woman runs 80 miles in 22 hours

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Running for the Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center A local woman ran 80 miles around eastern Oklahoma County Friday in an effort to raise support and awareness of the Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center. Shanna Sears, of Choctaw, had a goal of running 100 miles while meeting and running alongside…

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…

Entertainment and dining district established in Harrah

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times An entertainment and dining district connecting Harrah Heritage Park to downtown is becoming a reality. Growth is inevitable, but Harrah city officials have been working diligently to ensure that the city’s growth is directed in a way to meet the needs and wants of the community. Investment in Harrah’s historic downtown…

Chicken Shack to open in Harrah by June

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   The Chicken Shack has become a major attraction located just 15 minutes east of Edmond on Historic Route 66. Delicious chicken and other flavorful favorites combined with a relaxing atmosphere have been attracting crowds to the eastern region of Oklahoma County with the rural Luther location. Now downtown Harrah is…

Chequers to setup in Harrah

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   An eastern Oklahoma County favorite will soon be expanding east. Chequers Restaurant and Pub, located in Midwest City since 1987, will be serving up favorites in Harrah this spring. The Heritage Park Pavilion has had a full commercial kitchen for years and was previously rented out to caterers who served…

SSM Health to build facility in Harrah

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor A new health clinic is set to be built in Harrah. SSM Health will be constructing a facility on NE 23rd Street just northwest of the newly built Kickapoo Turnpike. The project is expected to break ground before May of this year. Located at 18961 NE 23rd St., the new health…

Casey’s coming to EOC

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Large convenience store to be built near Kickapoo Turnpike and NE 23rd in Harrah   In recent years eastern Oklahoma County residents have been outspoken for the need of a large convenience store option east of Oklahoma City and Midwest City. Harrah city officials confirm that option will be coming in…

Nicoma Park voters select next mayor

By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer  Cochell ready to get back to work   Nicoma Park residents went to the polls to choose between former mayor Mark Cochell and current mayor Brian Foughty in a Feb. 9 municipal election. Cochell was elected to return as mayor by a vote of 181 to 85. Ward 1 incumbent…

Governor visits eastern Oklahoma County

Stitt meets with local mayors, tours Tinker AFB By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Gov. Kevin Stitt toured Tinker Air Force Base and had lunch with local mayors last Friday during a visit to eastern Oklahoma County. The trip was arranged by Sen. Brenda Stanley to showcase District 42, which includes Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City,…

Election set for April 6

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Election to determine next City Council set for April 6 A total of eight candidates filed for three Choctaw City Council seats to be filled in the upcoming April 6 election. Brent Pendergraft, 41, filed to challenge incumbent Mike Birdsong, 64, for the Ward 2 seat. In Ward 4, incumbent…

Area Sports

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…

Choctaw named Conference Champions

Midwest City’s Darrell Hall named Conference Coach of the Year   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Postseason honors are rolling in for eastern Oklahoma County standouts. The Big 10 Conference recently announced its 2020 All-Conference football selections. A handful of Yellowjackets and Bombers were selected for the Big 10 All-Conference Team, while Choctaw High School…

Corbin named District Coach of the Year

Yellowjackets honored by District 6A-II-2 By Ryan Horton Managing Editor District 6A-II-2 has made All-District Team selections and the Yellowjackets were well represented. Coach Jake Corbin was named Coach of the Year, while Terrill Davis was named Offensive Player of the Year. Corbin led Choctaw through a historic season that ended three points shy of Bixby…

Choctaw rolls over Antlers in season opener

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School rolled over Deer Creek 64-18 to open wrestling season Dec. 3. In the home opener Choctaw’s No.2-ranked Yellowjackets recorded nine falls, a forfeit and a technical fall. Mason Hanna opened the night at 106 pounds. He pinned Barrett Byers early. Caden Holman followed suit with a quick pin…

Jackets sweep Putnam City

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw opened basketball season Dec. 1 with a dominant sweep of Putnam City. The Lady Yellowjackets opened with a 60-36 win over PCO. To open the season, Carley Gasaway led the Lady Jackets with 17 points, Hannah Smith had 11, Trinity Gooden and Jazmine Adams each put up 10. Mya Purifoy…

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