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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

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

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…

Jones Longhorns rip Luther, look to LC

By John Martin Staff Writer The Jones Longhorns showed no ill effects from an unexpected week’s layoff as junior Carson May passed and ran through neighboring Luther Friday night for a 40-16 triumph to set up another shot at Lincoln Christian. The defending state 3A champion Bulldogs were set to host Jones two weeks ago…

Jackets race to OBU titles

By John Martin Staff Writer SHAWNEE – Both Choctaw Yellowjackets boys and girls cross country teams claimed team championships at the OBU Invitational Cross Country Meet on Saturday at the Gordon Cooper Tech Center course. Kristen Kirk was the individual winner in the girls race that saw all 7 runners from CHS win individual medals.…

Panthers beat COVID-19 and Bridge Creek

Bliek claims first career win as head coach By John Martin Staff Writer The Harrah Panthers defeated both Bridge Creek and the Corona virus Friday night at Evans Field to hand Chris Bliek his first career victory as a head coach. Quarterback Nolan Boone introduced fans to the Boone Dozer, Ricky Bliek proved that heart…

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 sweeps Midwest City on senior night

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Choctaw volleyball team made sure senior night was a special one. Lady Yellowjackets topped rival Midwest City 3-0 (25-9, 25-13, 25-10) last Thursday evening at Choctaw High School. Choctaw took control in the first set with help from seniors Josie Thomas, Quytana Bateson, Jacey Simons, Logan Hausman and Mackenzie…

May, Longhorns rip Bethany in season opener

By John Martin Staff Writer As advertised, junior Carson May demonstrated his many elite skills Friday night as the Jones Longhorns belted Bethany, 31-7, in a David vs Goliath showdown between two elite teams at SNU Stadium in Bethany in Friday night’s long-awaited 2020 season opener. Dave Martin’s Longhorns are gearing up to claim their…

Harrah 2020 Football Preview

Harrah faces rugged district   By John Martin Staff Writer First-year coach Chris Bliek and his hearty band of Harrah Panthers didn’t get any favors when the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association released the revised football districts for the next two years. The Panthers are still in 4A-2 which has been dominated by Blanchard, Bethany…

Choctaw season preview 2020

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School football is going to look different this season. While Yellowjacket fans can expect to see a mentally and physically tough squad that’s been four years in the making, Choctaw’s schedule will also look like something brand new. “We’re really excited. This is the best Choctaw has looked in…

Longhorns looking for title

By John Martin Staff Writer Football and success are synonymous at Jones High School. When the Longhorns launch their 2020 season, Coach Dave Martin and his crew will be seeking the Longhorns; sixth consecutive district championship which translates to trips to the OSSAA State Championship playoffs. There’s also that State Championship they won in 2016.…

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