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Shepherd’s Law signed into law

Sen. Stanley’s bill creates licensure and oversight for midwives By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Several Oklahoma lawmakers have sought to regulate midwives in the state. And several have failed. Sen. Brenda Stanley found rare success on the issue last week with passage of Senate Bill 1823, which is also known as Shepherd’s Law. The law…

Taylor challenges Cole to protect Oklahoman meat producers and consumers

James Taylor, who is challenging long-time incumbent Congressman Tom Cole, for the Republican Party nomination in the fourth congressional district, issued a challenge for Cole today to protect the meat producers and consumers of Oklahoma, rather than to “bend the knee to the globalist agenda.” “The recent importation of the coronavirus from Communist China illustrates…

Reid named next Superintendent

David Reid to follow Dr. Jim McCharen at helm of Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools By Ryan Horton Managing Editor David Reid has been named the next Superintendent of the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District. After 48 years in education, Dr. Jim McCharen will retire from his 18-year post at the helm of CNP Schools, effective June 30.…

End of EOCP era

Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership to dissolve July 1 By Ryan Horton Managing Editor After a decade of working to build a regional identity for the eastern region of Oklahoma County, the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership is officially set to dissolve. Effective July 1, the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership will be no more. The EOC Partnership…

McCharen announces retirement

Choctaw-Nicoma Park Superintendent submits letter of resignation The Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board accepted the retirement resignation of Dr. Jim McCharen at Monday evening’s regular monthly board meeting. McCharen is completing his 48th year in education, and 38 of those years have been in the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District. He has served as a classroom teacher,…

Small businesses not immune to COVID-19’s terrible toll

With research and responsibility, Cory Rose put safety precautions in place before there were any cases of the coronavirus in Oklahoma. Rose, owner/operator at Peaceful Warriors Martial Arts, was tracking the coronavirus for weeks. He noticed COVID-19’s disastrous impact on the stock market, and began preparing for the virus’s arrival. “I was tracking this from…

Choctaw band students honored with 2020 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School’s instrumental program had two students selected as recipients of the prestigious 2020 State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence. Those CHS seniors are Ben Harvey and Ethan Karnes. Ben Harvey, a clarinet player, is a four-year member of the Choctaw High School Wind Ensemble and the Pride of…

CHS students honored with 2020 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School’s theatre arts program recently had five students selected as recipients for the 2020 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence. Those students are seniors, CJ Craig and Alyssa Payne, and juniors Alyx Sabina, Cameron Guest and Lexi Sendall. “The State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence are awarded to…

Coronavirus stymies spring schedule

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor This week the way coronavirus is viewed by the nation seemingly changed with events unfolding right here in Oklahoma. Residents are asked to keep spring and summer schedules flexible as the recently declared COVID-19 pandemic is expected to continue to cause cancellations. Just over an hour before the Choctaw High…

Rose State transitions to online classes to prevent the spread of COVID-19

As a precautionary and protective measure, Rose State College in-person, face-to-face classes will NOT be held March 23 through March 27. The college will not hold traditional on-site classes during the week of March 23-27. Faculty and staff will use the week to continue preparation for remote, on-line course delivery, in the event it is…

Area Sports

Basketball season comes to a close with 6th straight regional crown

Choctaw High School’s Basketball season came to a close over the weekend when the Lady Yellowjackets suffered two narrow defeats. A total of just six points gave Choctaw two losses in the 2019 Area Tournament. Choctaw came up three points short of claiming the Area Championship, and then again came up just three points short…

Jackets sting Putnam City

Choctaw racks up 421 yards in 49-7 rout of  Pirates Choctaw High School (3-2, 1-1) broke a two game skid Friday night when they bounced back at Homecoming 2018 with a dominant win over district foe Putnam City (0-5), 49-7. PCO won the coin toss, and that’s the only luck they’d have all night until…

Del City weathers the swarm

Eagles outlast Choctaw in the rain, 22-20   Del City’s fifth-ranked Eagles were clinging to a two-point lead late in the fourth quarter as No. 8 Choctaw was on a mission to tie the game. Sophomore running back Corey Williams capped an aggressive Choctaw drive with a three-yard touchdown run with just over three minutes…

Family Tradition: Long line of Yellowjacket QBs

Choctaw High School junior quarterback Thad Williams has produced winning results in his debut as a varsity starter this season. He opened the season leading Choctaw to a 2-0 record, and has plans to guide his talented Yellowjacket teammates to a dominant record like he has done as QB since middle school. Williams’ skills on…

Jones makes history with first ever baseball state title

Longhorns stun No. 1 No. 3-ranked Jones claimed a 9-7 win over No. 1 Oktaha to take the Class 3A state title Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The championship was the first for the Longhorns as they capped their first ever OSSAA State Baseball Final appearance with a historic win. Oktaha’s pitching had proven itself…

Yellowjackets claim gold in inaugural tournament

  Choctaw High School is working to build a soccer legacy in eastern Oklahoma County. Last year Eric Jenkins stepped in as interim head coach, and he’s now in his first official year at the helm of Choctaw soccer. With the same “G.O.L.D. Standard” adopted throughout CHS athletics, the Jackets are looking to build a…

In historic season Choctaw wins every team title

Choctaw High School’s Yellowjacket wrestlers finished the season as the state’s undisputed champions Saturday when they rolled through elite competition to capture the nearly impossible Class 6A Trifecta. Saturday’s championship performance secured Choctaw’s place in the record books as the wrestling program won virtually everything. Claiming the Trifecta means the high school team did the…

Jackets roll by Mustang in dual state semi-final

Choctaw opened the Dual State Wrestling Tournament with a quarter final win over Ponca City, 56-10. Meanwhile, Mustang proved they were a serious contender with a 34-29 win over 2017 Dual State Champion Sand Springs. When the two Class 6A powers met in a semi-final dual one was looking for their second dual state title…

Choctaw claims 2018 Dual State Wrestling Championship

Choctaw High School’s wrestling program is back where the Yellowjackets believed they belonged all season, atop Oklahoma’s Class 6A. The No. 2-ranked Jackets rolled through No. 8 Ponca City, No. 4 Mustang and No. 1 Broken Arrow over the weekend to claim the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A Dual State Wrestling Championship. Choctaw…

Choctaw’s ‘Magnificent 7’ ink to play college ball

Choctaw football sets new record on National Signing Day 2018 Choctaw High School athletics continues to set a new standard with big numbers, and Signing Day 2018 was no different. Progress made by the CHS football program was on full display Feb. 7 when seven senior Yellowjackets inked their letters of intent to play at…

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