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Minco’s Honey Festival coming up Saturday

Saturday’s Honey Festival will feature a number of attractions, from tours of the local honey plant, cotton gin, and wind farm, to the annual honey bake-off, chance to meet Santa, carriage rides, and much more. KIDS TRACTOR PULL One traditional Honey Festival event is the kids’ tractor pull which is a more serious competition than…

City reconsiders ban on ‘night soil’

Council votes to allow Class A biosolids, Class B sludge remains prohibited By Ryan Horton Managing Editor In July Choctaw city officials voted unanimously to amend the code of ordinances, prohibiting the spreading of solid human waste within city limits. Now officials have modified the law, still prohibiting sludge, but allowing for the use of…

OG&E gives CNP over $211,000 rebate

District upgrades to LED technology Last December, the Board of Education of Choctaw-Nicoma Park Public Schools accepted a proposal to remove and replace most incandescent and fluorescent lighting throughout the district with new LED lighting. “Everywhere there was a lightbulb in this district we swapped it with an LED. This was an expensive endeavor, but…

The Black Raven moves to Harrah

The Black Raven is a traditional Irish pub that recently setup shop on Church Avenue. Previously located in Choctaw Plaza, for the last five years, the Black Raven recently opened to serve Harrah. The pub has become well known for traditional Irish food, drink and music entertaining locals and attracting visitors to eastern Oklahoma County.…

Improving Choctaw’s Ten Acre Lake

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation conducts survey Keith Thomas and Steven O’Donnell, with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, were out at Choctaw’s Ten Acre Lake Oct. 23 to conduct a fish survey. The pair of fishery biologists boated around the lake shocking the water, which temporarily stunned fish, allowing for capture and measurement before…

Choctaw to call on voters for roads

City leaders ponder bond issue, sales tax increase Tired of driving on sub-par streets and roads in Choctaw? Choctaw residents will have an opportunity to do something about the deplorable road conditions that exist in parts of the city on February 11, 2020 when they will have an opportunity to go to the polls and…

Developer moves forward with Henney Ridge addition

During the final regular Choctaw City Council meeting of October a public hearing was held to address the Choctaw Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve a superimposed zoning of planned unit development for the proposed Henney Ridge housing addition. Despite a group of concerned neighbors in attendance to voice their opposition, city officials approved the developer’s…

CHS Drama & Stagecraft claims 14th State Championship

Choctaw High School’s Drama & Stagecraft program has claimed their 14th Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A One Act State Championship with a breathtaking one-act performance of The Crucible. With an Oct. 24 performance at Putnam City High School, CHS secured the state one-act play title, prestigious State Tech Award and also had four…

TFCU breaks ground in Choctaw

Community leaders joined the Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce and Tinker Federal Credit Union officials for a groundbreaking Ceremony last Wednesday. The Sept. 25 ceremony celebrated Choctaw’s latest commercial construction, which is expected to be a rapid development. “Anytime we see dirt moving that’s a really great thing,” said Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO…

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…

Area Sports

Choctaw wins Carl Albert Tournament

Choctaw High School’s varsity volleyball squad won the Carl Albert Titan Invitational Tournament over the weekend. The Lady Yellowjackets redeemed their only loss of the tourney, and secured gold after beating Shawnee in five games (25-20, 23-25, 24-26, 25-20 and 13-15). MVP Choctaw’s Maddi Miller and Meghan Mickle were named to the All-Tournament Team. Miller…

McCord, Lady Panthers stun Blanchard

Junior Skylar McCord limited a powerful Blanchard lineup to just three hits and the Harrah Lady Panthers fast-pitch softball team celebrated their 2016 home opener with a 5-1 victory over the Lady Lions Tuesday. The new rankings are not out yet, but Blanchard is a tradition-rich contender for state playoff action and one of the…

Back in the swing of things

Defending Class 6A State Champions return to action Choctaw High School Softball had a record season last year as the Lady Yellowjackets rolled through competition to secure the prestigious Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A State Championship. The softball state title was the second in school history as Choctaw finished the year 36-7 overall…

Leathers trains with Team USA

Choctaw wrestler helps Olympian, prepares for Junior World Championships –   Choctaw High School alumna and current Oklahoma City University wrestler Becka Leathers is contributing to Team USA as a training partner for wrestler Haley Augello in the 2016 Olympics. Leathers, from Choctaw, captured the 123-pound national championship as a freshman in the Women’s College…

Coaches honored at convention

The tributes for athletic excellence continue to roll in for the athletic department at Choctaw High School. In his continued quest for excellence for the district, Athletic Director Todd Dilbeck has stressed finding the very best person possible to be in charge of the athletic programs at Choctaw High School. “Our young people as well…

Blue & Gold Extravaganza set for Aug. 13

Choctaw’s Touchdown Club is set to host fourth annual Blue & Gold Extravaganza August 13 4-8 p.m. Every year the day begins with a community cleanup, followed by a carnival at Choctaw High School and ends with a preview of this year’s Yellowjacket Football Team. The free carnival event will be at the High School…

Summer’s end sport briefs

Free Golf Clinic scheduled A free golf clinic has been scheduled for July 30 at Choctaw Creek Golf Course. PGA Golf Professional Jim Woodward will be on site to give free pointers beginning at 8:30 a.m. After qualifying for the PGA in 1990, Woodward still competes in Champions Tour tournaments. The PGA of America, established…

Leathers leads USA to silver

Choctaw’s Becka Leathers and two other United States women recently won medals at the Grand Prix of Spain helping lead the USA to a second place team finish.   Claiming the top U.S. Finish with a silver medal at 121 pounds was 2015 Junior World bronze medalist and Choctaw High School alumna Becka Leathers. Leathers…

Manek, Harrell spark Elite Oklahoma All-Star squad to title

By John Martin Staff Writer DUNCANVILLE, TX — The inside-outside combo of Harrah senior Brady Manek and Carl Albert’s junior point guard Mason Harrell combined talents to lead the Team Blake Griffin Under-17 Elite Oklahoma All-Star team to a 74-57 triumph over the Colorado Springs (CO) Miners Sunday in the championship game of the Great…

Changes coming for EOC football

By John Martin Staff Writer Now that the typical Oklahoma summer is sending temperatures soaring into the high 90’s, surely it’s time to start thinking about football. In barely three weeks, Oklahoma high school and junior high football teams are allowed to take to the practice field and conditioning areas for what is called “limited”…

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