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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…

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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…

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

McCord, Lady Panthers stun Blanchard

Junior Skylar McCord limited a powerful Blanchard lineup to just three hits and the Harrah Lady Panthers fast-pitch softball team celebrated their 2016 home opener with a 5-1 victory over the Lady Lions Tuesday. The new rankings are not out yet, but Blanchard is a tradition-rich contender for state playoff action and one of the…

Back in the swing of things

Defending Class 6A State Champions return to action Choctaw High School Softball had a record season last year as the Lady Yellowjackets rolled through competition to secure the prestigious Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A State Championship. The softball state title was the second in school history as Choctaw finished the year 36-7 overall…

Leathers trains with Team USA

Choctaw wrestler helps Olympian, prepares for Junior World Championships –   Choctaw High School alumna and current Oklahoma City University wrestler Becka Leathers is contributing to Team USA as a training partner for wrestler Haley Augello in the 2016 Olympics. Leathers, from Choctaw, captured the 123-pound national championship as a freshman in the Women’s College…

Coaches honored at convention

The tributes for athletic excellence continue to roll in for the athletic department at Choctaw High School. In his continued quest for excellence for the district, Athletic Director Todd Dilbeck has stressed finding the very best person possible to be in charge of the athletic programs at Choctaw High School. “Our young people as well…

Blue & Gold Extravaganza set for Aug. 13

Choctaw’s Touchdown Club is set to host fourth annual Blue & Gold Extravaganza August 13 4-8 p.m. Every year the day begins with a community cleanup, followed by a carnival at Choctaw High School and ends with a preview of this year’s Yellowjacket Football Team. The free carnival event will be at the High School…

Summer’s end sport briefs

Free Golf Clinic scheduled A free golf clinic has been scheduled for July 30 at Choctaw Creek Golf Course. PGA Golf Professional Jim Woodward will be on site to give free pointers beginning at 8:30 a.m. After qualifying for the PGA in 1990, Woodward still competes in Champions Tour tournaments. The PGA of America, established…

Leathers leads USA to silver

Choctaw’s Becka Leathers and two other United States women recently won medals at the Grand Prix of Spain helping lead the USA to a second place team finish.   Claiming the top U.S. Finish with a silver medal at 121 pounds was 2015 Junior World bronze medalist and Choctaw High School alumna Becka Leathers. Leathers…

Manek, Harrell spark Elite Oklahoma All-Star squad to title

By John Martin Staff Writer DUNCANVILLE, TX — The inside-outside combo of Harrah senior Brady Manek and Carl Albert’s junior point guard Mason Harrell combined talents to lead the Team Blake Griffin Under-17 Elite Oklahoma All-Star team to a 74-57 triumph over the Colorado Springs (CO) Miners Sunday in the championship game of the Great…

Changes coming for EOC football

By John Martin Staff Writer Now that the typical Oklahoma summer is sending temperatures soaring into the high 90’s, surely it’s time to start thinking about football. In barely three weeks, Oklahoma high school and junior high football teams are allowed to take to the practice field and conditioning areas for what is called “limited”…

District of Champions

  CHS celebrates 2015-16 accolades, looks toward 2016-17 By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School secured an unprecedented nine team State Championships during the 2015-16 school year. Proving to produce champions in and out of the classroom, Choctaw finished the year with five state team titles and four academic state team titles. The Yellowjackets…

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