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Choctaw to return to five-day learning

CNP School Board votes to begin transitioning back to full week for in-person students   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor At the most recent regular Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board meeting, officials unanimously approved Superintendent David Reid’s recommendation to begin transitioning back toward a five-day in-person school week. The board voted to begin changing back to a…

Kickapoo Turnpike now open

North half of toll road connects NE 23rd Street and Britton Road to Turner Turnpike   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The northern half of the Kickapoo Turnpike, connecting U.S. Highway 62 to I-44 in eastern Oklahoma County, opened Tuesday. The northern 11-mile section is a four-lane divided highway that connects to NE 23rd, near…

State audit adds concerns about Epic Charter Schools

Byrd: Epic owes the State of Oklahoma $8.9 million   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s much-anticipated investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools has finally been released. The release found that Epic sends about one in four taxpayer dollars it receives, as a public school, to its co-founders’ for-profit company.…

Yellowjackets making history

‘Golden Age’ continues for Choctaw High School with first win over Booker T. Washington By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The Yellowjackets are making history on their quest for gold. Choctaw High School shocked No. 3 Booker T. Washington on their own field Friday night, 26-22. The win moved Choctaw to 1-0 in district play, and…

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…

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Choctaw to return to five-day learning

CNP School Board votes to begin transitioning back to full week for in-person students   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor At the most recent regular Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board meeting, officials unanimously approved Superintendent David Reid’s recommendation to begin transitioning back toward a five-day in-person school week. The board voted to begin changing back to a…

Bandana Red’s Grill needs a new name

Community to vote on new name Bandana Red’s Grill has been a Staple Café in the Choctaw and surrounding community for almost 18 years. It has enjoyed the fantastic support of this community for a long time and we hope to continue that as we are seeing new faces at Bandana Red’s Grill every day,…

Kickapoo Turnpike now open

North half of toll road connects NE 23rd Street and Britton Road to Turner Turnpike   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The northern half of the Kickapoo Turnpike, connecting U.S. Highway 62 to I-44 in eastern Oklahoma County, opened Tuesday. The northern 11-mile section is a four-lane divided highway that connects to NE 23rd, near…

Spartans stop Choctaw, 24-13

No. 1 Bixby is first Oklahoma team to stop Yellowjackets   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Choctaw traveled to Bixby’s Snider Stadium Friday night to take on the state’s top-ranked football program. In a District 6A-II-2 matchup the No. 4-ranked Yellowjackets were threatening No. 1 Bixby all night, but as time expired the Spartans survived…

State audit adds concerns about Epic Charter Schools

Byrd: Epic owes the State of Oklahoma $8.9 million   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s much-anticipated investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools has finally been released. The release found that Epic sends about one in four taxpayer dollars it receives, as a public school, to its co-founders’ for-profit company.…

Kickapoo Turnpike opens Oct. 13

Northern half of toll road to open with virtual ceremony By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The northern half of the new Kickapoo Turnpike, connecting I-40 and I-44 in eastern Oklahoma County, is set to open next week. The northern 11-mile section (NE 23rd to I-44) of the new turnpike is set to open for travel…

Choctaw welcomes Johnny’s

Italian restaurant opens in Choctaw Plaza   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Johnny’s Italian Restaurant to the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Sept. 30. Located in Choctaw Plaza, 14471 NE 23rd St., Johnny’s fills a dining space previously occupied by the Black Raven Irish Pub. “Johnny’s authentic Italian…

Harley’s Cafe keeps things consistent

New owner takes customer input to heart By Van Mitchell Milko Murray has been in the restaurant business long enough to know when something works, don’t change it. That is the message he has heard from customers as the new owner of Harley’s Café, located 14013 NE 23rd Street in Choctaw. “The clientele asked me…

Choctaw hires economic development director

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Cary Simonds has been hired as Economic Development Director for the City of Choctaw. Simonds was raised in Yukon, and he’s excited to return to his home state after spending much of his career in Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Simonds’ work experience…

National Paintless Dent Repair testing and certification coming to state

By Van Mitchell Mark Wright, who has over 40 years of experience in the auto body repair business, says when Oklahoma gets hit by hail storms, out-of-state Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) technicians come to town setting up temporary shops, with little to no oversight. He says there needs to be a national certification for all…

Area Sports

Jackets rough up Muskogee

CHS moves to 3-1 in District 6A-II-2   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Last year when Choctaw faced Muskogee, the Yelowjackets ended the Rougher’s season on their own field to kick off the Class 6A-II playoffs. The eight-point state quarterfinal victory advanced the Jackets to the state semifinals for the first time since 1965. This year’s…

Lady Yellowjackets finish one game away

Owasso stuns Choctaw to take regional crown By Ryan Horton Managing Editor As a softball powerhouse, Choctaw always expects to make a push deep into the postseason. Unfortunately, this year’s season ended early as the Lady Yellowjackets finished one game shy of the state tournament. Choctaw High School played host to a 6A Regional Tournament Oct.…

Choctaw wins Big 8 Conference

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School volleyball claimed the Oklahoma Big 8 Conference Championship Oct. 6. Oklahoma Big 8 Conference schools include Choctaw, Enid, Midwest City, Putnam City Original, Putnam City West, Putnam City North and Ponca City. After claiming the conference crown, Choctaw’s Lady Yellowjackets went to work preparing for a regional tournament.…

Spartans stop Choctaw, 24-13

No. 1 Bixby is first Oklahoma team to stop Yellowjackets   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Choctaw traveled to Bixby’s Snider Stadium Friday night to take on the state’s top-ranked football program. In a District 6A-II-2 matchup the No. 4-ranked Yellowjackets were threatening No. 1 Bixby all night, but as time expired the Spartans survived…

Jackets sting Ponca City at Homecoming

Choctaw moves to 2-0 in District 6A-II-2 By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Choctaw High School celebrated Homecoming 2020 with a move to 2-0 in district play. The Yellowjackets won Friday’s game over the visiting Ponca City Wildcats, 20-14. With a 50-yard bomb from Steele Wasel to Jax Burchett, Choctaw scored on Ponca City with 9:36…

Yellowjackets making history

‘Golden Age’ continues for Choctaw High School with first win over Booker T. Washington By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   The Yellowjackets are making history on their quest for gold. Choctaw High School shocked No. 3 Booker T. Washington on their own field Friday night, 26-22. The win moved Choctaw to 1-0 in district play, and…

Longhorns impress in district opener

By John Martin Staff Writer The Jones Longhorns opened defense of their District 2A-2 championship with an easy 46-6 triumph over Star-Spencer Friday night at Tim Wallace Stadium, but the looming threat of the COVID-19 virus cast a cloud over the future of the district.   The Longhorns journey to Chandler Friday night to take…

Jonas homer sinks PV

Lady Panthers move up in district By John Martin Staff Writer All systems were “go” for the Harrah Lady Panthers Tuesday as they beat the COVID-19 menace and picked up a 2-1 victory over Bethel on the Lady Wildcats on their home field to move into second place in the District 4A-4 standings. Tori Miller…

Yellowjackets stun Booker T. Washington, 26-22

Choctaw High School swats Hornets in historic victory   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School claimed a historic win over one of Class 6A-II’s elite powers Friday night. The No.6-ranked Choctaw Yellowjackets blocked two consecutive punts in the fourth quarter, and then reclaimed the lead with a 5-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Steele…

Choctaw falls to top-ranked Greenwood

Jackets finish out-of-state competition, prepare for district play   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Choctaw was in another defensive battle with an Arkansas powerhouse when they traveled to Smith-Robinson Stadium in Greenwood to challenge that state’s top-ranked 6A team Friday night. The Yellowjackets shined on defense again, but struggled to execute on key plays that…

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