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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…

EOPA 2020 registration now open

Eastern Oklahoma Performance Academy open to all school age children   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Choctaw High School is home to the state’s most awarded high school theatre program, and each summer aspiring performers from around the state have the opportunity to train with some of the best in the business right here…

Choctaw-Nicoma Park Virtual School established

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board has moved to create a virtual school in response to challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Wednesday, June 24 the board voted to create a full-time virtual school component for the CNP School District. Debbie Worley was named the director of the new…

New principals hired

Harris named first female head principal at Choctaw High School By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The Choctaw-Nicoma Park Board of Education approved Jackie Harris as the next head principal for Choctaw High School. The decision came from the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board at last Monday’s meeting. Harris is a CHS graduate from the class of…

Dr. McCharen presented Lifetime Achievement Award

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration presented Dr. Jim McCharen the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual awards banquet hosted June 4. The awards ceremony had to be completed virtually this year so Dr. McCharen and the Choctaw-Nicoma Park Central Office staff watched the presentation from the CNP Board…

Area News

Water system nears completion

Nicoma Park finishes project to increase fire safety, economic development   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor A year after Nicoma Park started work on a new waterline and tower project, the system should be fully operational. The small eastern Oklahoma County city broke ground on its first citywide water project in September of 2019, and officials…

Jeepers Back the Blue

All-Jeep convoy rolls through communities in support of law enforcement officers   By Steve Coulter Co-Publisher     A local group of Jeep enthusiasts are rolling through towns honking horns and waving flags in support of law enforcement. Jeepers Back the Blue is a an organization of multiple Jeep clubs that get together to support…

Harrah Day celebration canceled

COVID-19 pandemic stymies annual community event plans By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The community of Harrah will miss out on a longtime tradition this year as the COVID-19 pandemic remain the primary concern throughout eastern Oklahoma County and the world. Every year Harrah Day features events such as a pageant, parade, car show, health fair, craft…

Jacket fans get a ‘Glimpse of GOLD’

Choctaw hosts annual intrateam scrimmage   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Saturday Choctaw High School hosted the annual intrateam scrimmage putting this year’s blue and gold lineup against one another as a season preview for Yellowjacket fans. As always, the Aug. 15 event was a community-wide celebration featuring vendors, food trucks, games, and more before…

Classic cars cruise into Choctaw Plaza

CHS Baseball hosts largest car show to date By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The seventh annual Choctaw High School baseball car show fundraiser was the largest to date. The event attracted classic car owners and enthusiasts to the Choctaw Plaza parking lot, behind AutoZone on NE 23rd Street. Organizers say the event brought in a record…

Exploring the Kansas School Cemetery

A first-hand look at eastern Oklahoma County’s Kansas Cemetery By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer Mr. Dennis Sizemore, curator of eastern Oklahoma County’s Kansas Cemetery met with Mr. Galen Culver of Oklahoma News Channel 4 to give Oklahoma a first-hand look at a cemetery almost forgotten. Approximately five years ago, Mr. Sizemore located the cemetery and…

State Senate candidate sues tribal leader alleging wrongful termination

Jett files lawsuit claiming unlawful firing following opposition to COVID-19 mask mandate   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   District 17 State Senate Republican candidate Shane Jett has filed a lawsuit against the Chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Jett claims he was wrongfully terminated after expressing his opposition to a COVID-19 mask mandate in Shawnee. Aug.…

Senator Sharp awarded legal expenses, Epic Charter Schools sanctioned $500,000

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Today, Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy H. Truong awarded District 17 State Senator Ron Sharp $35,912 in legal fees related to a lawsuit filed by Community Strategies, Inc., on behalf of Epic Charter Schools. The award was to cover all of Sharp’s legal fees. Additionally, the court imposed a sanction…

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…

Area Sports

Longhorns looking for title

By John Martin Staff Writer Football and success are synonymous at Jones High School. When the Longhorns launch their 2020 season, Coach Dave Martin and his crew will be seeking the Longhorns; sixth consecutive district championship which translates to trips to the OSSAA State Championship playoffs. There’s also that State Championship they won in 2016.…

Choctaw High School girls claim title

EOC cross country teams get started By John Martin Staff Writer Area schools beat the COVID-19 and the competition Saturday as the 2020 OSSAA Cross Country season tipped off. The Choctaw Lady Jackets flexed their muscles big-time at the unique Norman Relay meet where teams of four each ran 1.5 miles as Jay Reaves’ Ladies…

Jacket fans get a ‘Glimpse of GOLD’

Choctaw hosts annual intrateam scrimmage   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Saturday Choctaw High School hosted the annual intrateam scrimmage putting this year’s blue and gold lineup against one another as a season preview for Yellowjacket fans. As always, the Aug. 15 event was a community-wide celebration featuring vendors, food trucks, games, and more before…

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…

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.  

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