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Mosshammer named top high school actress

Choctaw student wins Kelli O’ Hara Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times OKC Broadway – A Nederlander, Civic Center Foundation, and Lyric Theater of Oklahoma Presentation recently announced the winners of the 2022 Kelli O’ Hara Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress and Actor. Rachael Mosshammer, a graduating…

CHS claims Jazz Band State Championship

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw High School Jazz Band recently captured the 2022 Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association Class 6A Jazz Band State Championship. The Yellowjackets recently proved themselves the best of the best among the state’s largest 32 high school programs claiming gold in Class 6A. This was the third state title for the CHS…

Butterflies beautify Eastern Oklahoma County

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Eastern Oklahoma County is working to become a quality stop for traveling Monarch butterflies passing through on their annual migration. What’s now a community garden and Monarch butterfly waystation in downtown Harrah was a vacant lot just a few years back. A team of volunteers started growing vegetables, flowers, native plants,…

The winning Hand

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Hand claims third straight state title Choctaw High School’s Peyton Hand rolled to her third straight state title Saturday at the OSSAA Girls Oklahoma High School Wrestling Championships. Hand went 3-0 Feb. 25-26. She avenged her only high school loss, that came just a week earlier at regionals, and more…

Southeast turnpike extension announced

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   $5 billion, 15-year plan to expand state’s toll roads revealed   The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has officially announced plans to expand the state’s turnpike system as part of a 15-year project themed, Advancing and Connecting Communities and Economies Safely Statewide. The announcement wasn’t a surprise to many eastern Oklahoma County…

Choctaw-Nicoma Park residents vote YES

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Voters show overwhelming support of new school bonds Voters of the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District showed overwhelming support for new bond issues aimed at districtwide improvements. After the first precinct reported results, support of the new school bonds was over 75 percent and that percentage remained as final results trickled in…

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…

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…

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…

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

Choctaw Fire Department receives $25K grant

  By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw Fire Department has been awarded a grant for extrication equipment. Choctaw City Council approved the acceptance of a Firehouse Subs Safety Foundation Grant in the amount of $24,852, July 19. Officials say funds will be used for extrication equipment, which include a variety of cutters, spreaders and rams used…

Hope for Harper: Choctaw purchases $85K asphalt paver

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times City officials say there’s hope for Harper Road and other city roadways falling into disrepair thanks to the purchase of an asphalt paver. July 19 the Choctaw City Council approved the spending of $85,000 for the purchase of an asphalt paver from Warren CAT of Oklahoma City. The funds needed for…

Choctaw HS student visits Washington D.C.

Lewis serves as senator for American Legion Boys Nation By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Dalton Lewis, an incoming senior at Choctaw High School, has been selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 22-29. Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and…

Free pet ID tags offered Saturday

Event will also include bake sale and pet food/supply drive to benefit rescue dogs and cats Good Dogma, a local non-profit, is giving away free pet ID tags to Midwest City area residents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23 at Red Rock Self Storage, 9013 E. Reno. “It’s an unfortunate fact: one…

Benefit hot rod show for youth battling rare form of cancer

By Valerie Scott Midwest City Beacon The 405 Street Elite hot rod group is hosting a benefit car show for Julia Frapp. Frapp is an 11-year-old girl who has been struggling with a rare form of cancer called Ewing Sarcoma. This form of cancer takes place within the bones or in the soft tissue around…

Mayor: Future is bright thanks to TIF District

By Van Mitchell Mayor Randy Ross said Choctaw was looking at ways to increase its budget revenue stream, and city officials created a Tax Increment Financial District, which in turn created the Markets at Choctaw. TIF districts are used by cities in Oklahoma to promote private development. A portion of taxes generated with the district…

Mosshammer named top high school actress

Choctaw student wins Kelli O’ Hara Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times OKC Broadway – A Nederlander, Civic Center Foundation, and Lyric Theater of Oklahoma Presentation recently announced the winners of the 2022 Kelli O’ Hara Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress and Actor. Rachael Mosshammer, a graduating…

Chamber auction set for June 3

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Community leaders, business executives and fun lovers will gather under the Choctaw Creek Park pavilion June 3 for a long-running Choctaw tradition. Every year the first Friday in June delivers as Choctaw’s social event of the year when Choctaw Creek Park fills with around 600 guests for the annual Taste of…

CHS claims Jazz Band State Championship

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw High School Jazz Band recently captured the 2022 Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association Class 6A Jazz Band State Championship. The Yellowjackets recently proved themselves the best of the best among the state’s largest 32 high school programs claiming gold in Class 6A. This was the third state title for the CHS…

CNP voters to select next school board member

Two candidates on ballot for April 5 Choctaw-Nicoma Park election   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District voters will decide between two candidates at an April 5 general election. Jennifer Barba, 46, filed to challenge James Don Alsup for the office No. 2 seat on the CNP School Board. Unlike city wards, board…

Area Sports

Lanham leads wrestling camp at Harrah

Duke coach returns to eastern Oklahoma County   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Local middle and high school wrestlers recently had the opportunity to learn from Duke University’s head wrestling coach. Harrah and McLoud wrestlers in grades seventh through 12th were invited out to a wrestling camp at Harrah High School, June 7-8. Dozens of male…

Choctaw claims Class 6A Slow Pitch State Runner-up

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Following rain delays last week the Class 6A State Slow Pitch Tournament was rescheduled for Monday. After some troublesome spring weather, Choctaw High School took to the field Monday with gold on their mind. Choctaw’s slow pitch softball team entered the May 9 state tourney with a 10 a.m. game against…

Choctaw finishes regional runner-up, secures 6A Academic State Championship

Jackets fall in regional final, 5-4   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times After Choctaw earned the right to host a Class 6A regional, last week’s heavy rains put a damper on the Yellowjackets’ hopes for the postseason. After days of heavy rains and severe storm warnings, the regional tournament was relocated from Choctaw High School to…

Back-to-back champions

Lady Longhorns win second straight state basketball title   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Just a short time ago a Jones High School girls’ team had never made the postseason. A year after earning the school’s first girls’ state title, Jones went 3-0 again at the Class 3A State Basketball Championship Tournament to win state for…

Harrah’s Russell takes silver

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Harrah High School sent six wrestlers to the OSSAA Oklahoma High School Wrestling Championships over the weekend. Harrah’s Liam Russell finished runner-up in Class 4A’s 106-pound competition. Russell opened with a fall over Skiatook’s Cole Smith and added a 7-5 semifinal decision over Heritage Hall’s Peyton Park to earn a…

Trio of Yellowjackets medal at OSSAA State Championships

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Choctaw High School had 10 wrestlers qualify for a trip to the prestigious Class 6A Oklahoma High School Wrestling Championships, Feb. 25-26. After a weekend of competition at the State Fairgrounds Arena, Choctaw had three medalists. Leading the way for Choctaw’s state placers was junior Peyton Hand. She claimed her…

The winning Hand

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Hand claims third straight state title Choctaw High School’s Peyton Hand rolled to her third straight state title Saturday at the OSSAA Girls Oklahoma High School Wrestling Championships. Hand went 3-0 Feb. 25-26. She avenged her only high school loss, that came just a week earlier at regionals, and more…

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…

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