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Sheriff candidates tout experience, plans at debate

Johnson offers “fresh perspective” and Cubit highlights experience in law enforcement By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon OKLAHOMA CITY – Candidates for Oklahoma County Sheriff squared off last Thursday night in a debate at The Auditorium at The Douglass. The event was hosted by NonDoc and News 9. Democrat Wayland Cubit highlighted his experience in…

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…

Area News

Markets at Choctaw progress continues

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   While most of the current work on the Markets at Choctaw development is still happening behind the scenes, progress is becoming clear as a new fast food restaurant structure is nearly complete and work on another commercial building recently began. Construction of the Taco Bell building is on schedule…

Footgolf gaining a following in Midwest City

By William Washington Intern Reporter Hidden Creek Family Golf Course offers a fairly new sport to the public called footgolf for the second year. The objective of footgolf is for the player to kick a soccer ball in hole with the least amount of kicks or shots possible. On April 9, 2015 the Hidden Creek…

Law enforcement talks church security

As a son of a preacher, Sheriff John Whetsel spent much of his childhood at church. The house of worship was a safe place, as long as he didn’t get in trouble with his parents. “About the only weapon I ever saw in church was a belt, and that was far too often,” he said.…

Search underway for $7 million embezzlement suspect

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Authorities are searching for a Choctaw man after he failed to appear for his plea hearing for charges of embezzling over $7 million. A federal judge ordered the arrest of Rodney Alan Hager after he failed to appear for his plea hearing last Wednesday. Hager, 38, was charged in June…

Boeing opens new facility near Tinker AFB

OKLAHOMA CITY  – Boeing today opened a new engineering, research and development lab facility near Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City that will design, test and apply modernization technologies for legacy aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III and the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). The 300,000-square-foot structure is the newest addition to…

Local Wendy’s affected by cyber attacks

  Choctaw location is only compromised site in Oklahoma By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Fast-food chain Wendy’s announced last Thursday that customers’ personal information was compromised in a series of cyber attacks that started last year. Wendy’s has been investigating “unusual payment-card activity” since early this year, and they announced that cardholder names, credit and…

Regents approve tuition increase

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Students at Rose State College can expect to pay more for classes next fall. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved a 12.9 percent increase for tuition and mandatory fees at Rose State College last week. The school’s tuition will increase by 10 percent or $9.15 per credit hour.…

‘Reel Dead’ Prepares to Film

  By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Adam Bass has used film to help students learn many academic and life lessons throughout the years, and now this Choctaw High School teacher hopes to lead by example and inspire others to follow their dreams. Bass has produced and filmed a variety of short productions during his 18…

That’s a Wrap!

  By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The filming of a full-length horror film came to a close in Choctaw earlier this week. Under the direction of Adam Bass, cast and crew wrapped up filming of “Reel Dead” in just nine days, which is considered exceptionally fast for a full-length film. “The cast and crew did…

Chamber Executive of the Year

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw’s Tracy Mosley has earned the prestigious Chamber Executive of the Year Award.The Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives is the state’s professional organization for chamber of commerce executives. Each year the OCCE Annual Conference celebrates outstanding achievements in the chamber profession, and also recognizes new committee and board members. In…

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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