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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…

Amici in Movimento open for business

‘Friends on the Move’ settle down in historic Choctaw building   By Van Mitchell Contributing Writer Patrick Morris grew up around the kitchen, and dreamed of one day having his own brick and mortar restaurant. This summer, his dream was realized when he moved his Amici in Movimento (Friends on the Move) business into the…

Rockets stop Lady Yellowjackets in 5

Choctaw falls in season opener, 3-2   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Choctaw High School volleyball opened the 2020 season with a 3-2 loss to Mount Saint Mary. Under the direction of first year head coach Larry Lanham, the Lady Yellowjackets looked ready to prove they’re contenders this season. CHS was competitive all night as…

Lady Yellowjackets dominate opening week

Choctaw begins softball season with 5-0 district run   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw’s Lady Yellowjackets hit the ground running unscathed through five district games in week one. Choctaw High School opened softball season with a 14-1 over Bixby, Aug. 11. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic putting sports and activities at risk daily, CHS was…

Biosolid debate continues

City considers revisit of sludge ban   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The use of biosolids as fertilizer remains a controversial issue within the City of Choctaw. A year ago, Choctaw city officials voted unanimously to amend the code of ordinances, prohibiting the spreading of solid human waste within city limits. Five months later, officials modified…

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…

Area News

Local coffee shop becomes an eastern Oklahoma County favorite

By Van Mitchell Chad and Christy Wimer knew that Harrah needed a place where people could drink coffee while doing business, or just hanging out with their friends. The result was the opening of The Simple Brew, located at 251 South Harrah Road, Suite 109. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on…

Choctaw honors 2020 inductees to Decades of Greatness

CHS hosts 8th annual athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Each year before the football home opener Choctaw High School inducts a new class to the school’s growing Athletic Hall of Fame, Decades of Greatness. Sept. 11 CHS inducted six former Yellowjackets into the eighth annual class of the Decades of…

Kiwanis Club hosts ‘Fishing Clinic’

By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer Midwest City Kiwanis Club held their annual “Fishing Clinic” at Regional Park on September 12th.  The children were very excited about catching a fish even if was only 3 inches long. The Fishing Clinic was from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, but by 10:00 am many had caught their fish…

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 restaurant under new management

Bandana Red’s Grill remains an eastern Oklahoma County community favorite   By Van Mitchell Bandana Red’s Grill, located at 14030 SE 29th Street in Choctaw is well known for its catfish, as well as its long-time owners LaDonna Bradshaw, and her late husband Steve. But times are changing for the restaurant as Bradshaw is retiring,…

Construction begins on I-40 bridge projects

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A long-awaited road project is finally here. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is replacing six I-40 bridges in the Mid-Del area, five of which are structurally deficient. The bridges over Crutcho Creek, SE 15th St. and Sooner Rd. have all required significant maintenance in recent years, including several emergency repairs.…

‘Time for Tracy’

Fundraiser scheduled to support family’s fight against AML   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The eastern Oklahoma County community is rallying behind a Jones family in their fight against cancer. “I went into the hospital for a toothache, and turned out I had leukemia,” said Tracy Atchley. He was diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukemia. With AML,…

City again outlaws human waste as fertilizer

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor By a vote of 4-2, Choctaw City Council flip flopped once more on the use of biosolids as fertilizer within the city limits. The use of sludge, from a wastewater treatment plant, has once again been declared a prohibited nuisance. During last Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting, officials voted to reverse…

Grant provides body armor for Jones officers

By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer Chief Robert Williams, Police Chief of the Town of Jones City, is excited that Fire House Subs presented the department with a $15,000 grant. With those funds the Jones PD was able to purchase approximately 20 outfits of soft body armor (bullet proof vests), enough for all the Jones fulltime…

Amici in Movimento open for business

‘Friends on the Move’ settle down in historic Choctaw building   By Van Mitchell Contributing Writer Patrick Morris grew up around the kitchen, and dreamed of one day having his own brick and mortar restaurant. This summer, his dream was realized when he moved his Amici in Movimento (Friends on the Move) business into the…

Area Sports

Choctaw finishes second at Mustang Tournament

Carl Albert tops Lawton, Enid in round robin tournament By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Carl Albert and Choctaw volleyball teams made the trip west last Saturday for the Mustang Tournament. The Lady Yellowjackets finished second in the tournament with a 4-1 record in round robin play. They beat Moore (25-16, 21-25, 15-9), Enid (25-20,…

Choctaw honors 2020 inductees to Decades of Greatness

CHS hosts 8th annual athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Each year before the football home opener Choctaw High School inducts a new class to the school’s growing Athletic Hall of Fame, Decades of Greatness. Sept. 11 CHS inducted six former Yellowjackets into the eighth annual class of the Decades of…

Jones Longhorns rip Luther, look to LC

By John Martin Staff Writer The Jones Longhorns showed no ill effects from an unexpected week’s layoff as junior Carson May passed and ran through neighboring Luther Friday night for a 40-16 triumph to set up another shot at Lincoln Christian. The defending state 3A champion Bulldogs were set to host Jones two weeks ago…

Jackets race to OBU titles

By John Martin Staff Writer SHAWNEE – Both Choctaw Yellowjackets boys and girls cross country teams claimed team championships at the OBU Invitational Cross Country Meet on Saturday at the Gordon Cooper Tech Center course. Kristen Kirk was the individual winner in the girls race that saw all 7 runners from CHS win individual medals.…

Panthers beat COVID-19 and Bridge Creek

Bliek claims first career win as head coach By John Martin Staff Writer The Harrah Panthers defeated both Bridge Creek and the Corona virus Friday night at Evans Field to hand Chris Bliek his first career victory as a head coach. Quarterback Nolan Boone introduced fans to the Boone Dozer, Ricky Bliek proved that heart…

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 sweeps Midwest City on senior night

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Choctaw volleyball team made sure senior night was a special one. Lady Yellowjackets topped rival Midwest City 3-0 (25-9, 25-13, 25-10) last Thursday evening at Choctaw High School. Choctaw took control in the first set with help from seniors Josie Thomas, Quytana Bateson, Jacey Simons, Logan Hausman and Mackenzie…

May, Longhorns rip Bethany in season opener

By John Martin Staff Writer As advertised, junior Carson May demonstrated his many elite skills Friday night as the Jones Longhorns belted Bethany, 31-7, in a David vs Goliath showdown between two elite teams at SNU Stadium in Bethany in Friday night’s long-awaited 2020 season opener. Dave Martin’s Longhorns are gearing up to claim their…

Harrah 2020 Football Preview

Harrah faces rugged district   By John Martin Staff Writer First-year coach Chris Bliek and his hearty band of Harrah Panthers didn’t get any favors when the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association released the revised football districts for the next two years. The Panthers are still in 4A-2 which has been dominated by Blanchard, Bethany…

Choctaw season preview 2020

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School football is going to look different this season. While Yellowjacket fans can expect to see a mentally and physically tough squad that’s been four years in the making, Choctaw’s schedule will also look like something brand new. “We’re really excited. This is the best Choctaw has looked in…

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