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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.…

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,…

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…

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Harrah asks voters to extend 1% excise tax

Voter approval would maintain 8.5% tax rate   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Harrah will ask city residents to maintain the existing sales tax rate with a proposition on the Aug. 25 ballot. The question will ask voters to extend a one percent excise tax, dedicated for public works and capital improvements. The current one percent…

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…

Choctaw native joins SSM Health

Medical group welcomes Dr. Taylor Craft SSM Health Medical Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Taylor Craft, pediatrics, to the SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex just off I-40 serving east Oklahoma City, Midwest City and surrounding communities. He will care for patients from birth to 18 years across a variety of non-emergency primary care needs,…

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…

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…

Housing market stays healthy through pandemic

Demand remains high in eastern Oklahoma County By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The coronavirus has slowed many businesses. The local housing market is not one of them. Home sales remain strong in eastern Oklahoma County and the metro. “After that second week of the shutdown, it’s like someone opened the floodgates,” said Shane Willard with…

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…

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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.…

Carl Albert golfer staying sharp this summer

Zuniga placed third at Oak Tree Team Championship By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Kamryn Zuniga will have to wait for her first official high school golf tournament. The Carl Albert sophomore was looking forward to making her debut with the Carl Albert Girls Golf Challenge on March 13. But the day before, school was closed…

Best of OKC Metro honors EOC stars

By John Martin Staff Writer     State champion distance ace Tabitha Fox of Jones and Reise Collier, ringleader of the Carl Albert Titans’ four-time State Champion football team, headline a large group of outstanding East Oklahoma County athletes honored at the All-City Prep Best of OKC Metro ceremony Thursday night. The virtual celebration featured presentations…

Rose State College adding volleyball

School hosting varsity tryouts June 27 By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Rose State College will have a new sport on campus this fall. The school is adding women’s volleyball to its athletic program beginning in 2020-21 school year. “We’ve been looking to grow our sports for some time and Dr. (Jeanie) Webb has been very…

Hawk lands with Eagles

Coach departs Choctaw for first high school head coach position By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Former Tuttle baseball standout Corey Hawk is departing Choctaw to accept a head coaching position at Del City High School. Hawk graduated from Tuttle High School in 2008. The outfielder helped the Tigers advance to three Class 4A state title…

Soccer players earn all-state honors

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Several local soccer players earned all-state honors. The Oklahoma Soccer Coaches Association last week announced its all-state teams which included players from Carl Albert, Choctaw, Del City, Harrah and Midwest City. The all-state games were canceled this year due to the coronavirus. Each school could nominate two position players and…

Lady Jackets are State Bound

Lady Jackets take aim at 6A crown Choctaw High School is headed back to the Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association Class 6A Basketball State Championship Tournament. The Lady Yellowjackets dominated a home regional tourney to claim their seventh straight regional crown. Choctaw advanced to the Area Championship where the Lady Jackets suffered their second loss of…

Lady Longhorns make history

Jones High School to make first trip to state tournament By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Jones High School claimed the Area Championship with a 51-39 win over No. 14 Kingston Friday, and with the win the Jones girls have made history. The Lady Longhorns are headed to the state tournament for the first time ever.…

CHS claims double gold at Panther Classic

Choctaw dominates Panther Classic Both Choctaw High School basketball squads dominated their way to a Harrah Panther Classic Championship over the weekend. After opening the year with two close losses, the CHS boys turned it around this weekend and captured three straight over ranked challengers. CHS opened with a 91-52 romp over Class 3A’s No.…

Choctaw opens basketball season vs. Lawton

JV squads dominate Wolverines Choctaw High School opened basketball season last Tuesday hosting Lawton. Before the varsity contests got underway Choctaw performed well in the junior varsity matchups. Both junior varsity squads claimed big wins leading up to varsity contests. The JV Lady Yellowjackets didn’t allow Lawton to find the hoop until late in the…

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