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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

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…

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…

Water system nears completion

Nicoma Park finishes project to increase fire safety, economic development   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor A year after Nicoma Park started work on a new waterline and tower project, the system should be fully operational. The small eastern Oklahoma County city broke ground on its first citywide water project in September of 2019, and officials…

Jeepers Back the Blue

All-Jeep convoy rolls through communities in support of law enforcement officers   By Steve Coulter Co-Publisher     A local group of Jeep enthusiasts are rolling through towns honking horns and waving flags in support of law enforcement. Jeepers Back the Blue is a an organization of multiple Jeep clubs that get together to support…

Harrah Day celebration canceled

COVID-19 pandemic stymies annual community event plans By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The community of Harrah will miss out on a longtime tradition this year as the COVID-19 pandemic remain the primary concern throughout eastern Oklahoma County and the world. Every year Harrah Day features events such as a pageant, parade, car show, health fair, craft…

Jacket fans get a ‘Glimpse of GOLD’

Choctaw hosts annual intrateam scrimmage   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Saturday Choctaw High School hosted the annual intrateam scrimmage putting this year’s blue and gold lineup against one another as a season preview for Yellowjacket fans. As always, the Aug. 15 event was a community-wide celebration featuring vendors, food trucks, games, and more before…

Classic cars cruise into Choctaw Plaza

CHS Baseball hosts largest car show to date By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The seventh annual Choctaw High School baseball car show fundraiser was the largest to date. The event attracted classic car owners and enthusiasts to the Choctaw Plaza parking lot, behind AutoZone on NE 23rd Street. Organizers say the event brought in a record…

Exploring the Kansas School Cemetery

A first-hand look at eastern Oklahoma County’s Kansas Cemetery By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer Mr. Dennis Sizemore, curator of eastern Oklahoma County’s Kansas Cemetery met with Mr. Galen Culver of Oklahoma News Channel 4 to give Oklahoma a first-hand look at a cemetery almost forgotten. Approximately five years ago, Mr. Sizemore located the cemetery and…

State Senate candidate sues tribal leader alleging wrongful termination

Jett files lawsuit claiming unlawful firing following opposition to COVID-19 mask mandate   By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   District 17 State Senate Republican candidate Shane Jett has filed a lawsuit against the Chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Jett claims he was wrongfully terminated after expressing his opposition to a COVID-19 mask mandate in Shawnee. Aug.…

Senator Sharp awarded legal expenses, Epic Charter Schools sanctioned $500,000

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   Today, Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy H. Truong awarded District 17 State Senator Ron Sharp $35,912 in legal fees related to a lawsuit filed by Community Strategies, Inc., on behalf of Epic Charter Schools. The award was to cover all of Sharp’s legal fees. Additionally, the court imposed a sanction…

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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