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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

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…

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…

Area Sports

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.…

Choctaw High School girls claim title

EOC cross country teams get started By John Martin Staff Writer Area schools beat the COVID-19 and the competition Saturday as the 2020 OSSAA Cross Country season tipped off. The Choctaw Lady Jackets flexed their muscles big-time at the unique Norman Relay meet where teams of four each ran 1.5 miles as Jay Reaves’ Ladies…

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…

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…

Pendleton represents at All-State

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor   After having their senior’s seasons canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Oklahoma golfers took to the greens last week for their final high school competition. The All-State Golf Tournament was July 20 at Lincoln Park Golf Course. The West boys team beat the East 8.5-6.5, and the West girls…

Locals help West claim 21-13 All-State win

By Jayson Knight Managing Editor   The West beat the East in the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association All-State Football Game held at Oklahoma Baptist University last Saturday evening. The East threatened late but fell by a final score of 21-13. Several local players were selected for annual all-star event. Carl Albert’s Jayveion Traylor and Reise…

Local baseball standouts help West rally for All-State win

Estes drives in game-winning run By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Jake Estes made sure his last at bat in a Carl Albert uniform was a good one. The recent graduate drove in the go ahead run in the top of the seventh inning to give the Large West squad a 10-9 comeback…

High School All-Stars battle Oklahoma Legends

Oklahoma softballers live up to their legends By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The Oklahoma Legends played a select group of high school softballers in an exhibition game in Shawnee Wednesday night, July 8. The scrimmage contest was the opener to a tournament sponsored by Fastpitch Future Softball that featured players from all over the world…

Photos: All-State Softball 2020

Carl Albert’s Aaliyah Brown, Zadie LaValley and Hannah Williams and Choctaw’s Tiffany Paul represented the Large West team in the Oklahoma High School Fastpitch Coaches Association All-State Game on June 6 at Oklahoma Christian University.  

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