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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…

Area News

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…

Local coffee shop becomes an eastern Oklahoma County favorite

By Van Mitchell Chad and Christy Wimer knew that Harrah needed a place where people could drink coffee while doing business, or just hanging out with their friends. The result was the opening of The Simple Brew, located at 251 South Harrah Road, Suite 109. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on…

Choctaw honors 2020 inductees to Decades of Greatness

CHS hosts 8th annual athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Each year before the football home opener Choctaw High School inducts a new class to the school’s growing Athletic Hall of Fame, Decades of Greatness. Sept. 11 CHS inducted six former Yellowjackets into the eighth annual class of the Decades of…

Kiwanis Club hosts ‘Fishing Clinic’

By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer Midwest City Kiwanis Club held their annual “Fishing Clinic” at Regional Park on September 12th.  The children were very excited about catching a fish even if was only 3 inches long. The Fishing Clinic was from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, but by 10:00 am many had caught their fish…

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…

Choctaw restaurant under new management

Bandana Red’s Grill remains an eastern Oklahoma County community favorite   By Van Mitchell Bandana Red’s Grill, located at 14030 SE 29th Street in Choctaw is well known for its catfish, as well as its long-time owners LaDonna Bradshaw, and her late husband Steve. But times are changing for the restaurant as Bradshaw is retiring,…

Construction begins on I-40 bridge projects

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A long-awaited road project is finally here. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is replacing six I-40 bridges in the Mid-Del area, five of which are structurally deficient. The bridges over Crutcho Creek, SE 15th St. and Sooner Rd. have all required significant maintenance in recent years, including several emergency repairs.…

‘Time for Tracy’

Fundraiser scheduled to support family’s fight against AML   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The eastern Oklahoma County community is rallying behind a Jones family in their fight against cancer. “I went into the hospital for a toothache, and turned out I had leukemia,” said Tracy Atchley. He was diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukemia. With AML,…

City again outlaws human waste as fertilizer

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor By a vote of 4-2, Choctaw City Council flip flopped once more on the use of biosolids as fertilizer within the city limits. The use of sludge, from a wastewater treatment plant, has once again been declared a prohibited nuisance. During last Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting, officials voted to reverse…

Grant provides body armor for Jones officers

By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer Chief Robert Williams, Police Chief of the Town of Jones City, is excited that Fire House Subs presented the department with a $15,000 grant. With those funds the Jones PD was able to purchase approximately 20 outfits of soft body armor (bullet proof vests), enough for all the Jones fulltime…

Area Sports

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…

Choctaw finishes second at Mustang Tournament

Carl Albert tops Lawton, Enid in round robin tournament By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Carl Albert and Choctaw volleyball teams made the trip west last Saturday for the Mustang Tournament. The Lady Yellowjackets finished second in the tournament with a 4-1 record in round robin play. They beat Moore (25-16, 21-25, 15-9), Enid (25-20,…

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