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Midwest City teen shot and killed

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A Midwest City family is grieving the loss of a teenage boy who was fatally shot last week. Police Chief Brandon Clabes said officers responded to Midwest Territory Apartments, 1505 N. Midwest Blvd. around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 on possible shots heard. When officers arrived, they found a teenage boy lying on the ground…

Tinker welcomes KC-46A Pegasus

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Tinker Air Force Base welcomed a new arrival last week. The first KC-46A Pegasus aircraft received a warm welcome from Tinker employees and Air Force officials as it flew into the base last Thursday to receive its initial maintenance check. Col. Greg Lowe, 76th Aircraft Maintenance commander, said it was…

Midwest City Welcome Center shuttered

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Midwest City Welcome Center is temporarily closed. The city recently terminated its agreement with the State Department of Tourism and Recreation to run the facility due to declining hotel/motel tax revenue that funded its operation for years. The State plans to remodel the facility and reopen it by the…

Students named National Merit Semifinalists

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Two local high school seniors qualified as semifinalists for the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Aidan Foreman and Xavier Williams earned the honor after finishing with among the top scores on the PSAT last year. About 1.5 million students took the exam and the top 16,000 were named semifinalists. Foreman…

Midwest City residents invited to Picnic with Protectors Thursday, Sept. 17

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor   The Midwest City Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Picnic with Protectors on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Rotary Pavilion at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, 8700 E. Reno Ave. The event runs from 4:30 – 6 p.m. and is open to the public. It is an opportunity…

Midwest City thanks longtime volunteer

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Grace Sullivan retires after 22 year on Midwest City Tree Board By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City leaders last week showed their appreciation to a long-time volunteer. Grace Sullivan recently retired from the Midwest City Tree Board, which she has served as a member for 22 years, as well as all other city committees.…

No foul play suspected in body found near Midwest City business

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Police do not suspect foul play in the death of a 63-year-old woman found this morning lying behind a business on S. Air Depot Blvd. The body of Molly Finney was discovered about 10:48 a.m. behind AutoZone Auto Parts, 1605 S. Air Depot Blvd. A friend of Finney said he…

Man killed at Midwest City apartment complex

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A man was shot and killed this afternoon at a local apartment complex, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said. Officers responded to Midwest Territory Apartments, 1505 N. Midwest Boulevard around 2:40 p.m. on possible shots heard. When they arrived, they found a black male lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. The…

Titans second half surge drops MWC

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By John Martin Staff Writer The Carl Albert Titans were not a happy bunch as they trekked into the locker room at halftime of their season opener in Gary Rose Stadium against neighboring Midwest City Friday night. Mason Still and his defensive buddies were upset that the explosive Bombers had put three touchdowns on the…

Bombers fizzle in second half against Carl Albert

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Not many teams have led Carl Albert at halftime in recent years. Midwest City rattled the four-time defending state champions in the first half last Friday night. With 25 seconds left before the break, DeAngelo Irvin Jr. found Xavier Lee-Jackson open for a 43-yard touchdown and a 20-14 lead at…

Area News

Midwest City teen shot and killed

A Midwest City family is grieving the loss of a teenage boy who was fatally shot last week. Police Chief Brandon Clabes said officers responded to Midwest Territory Apartments, 1505 N. Midwest Blvd. around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 on possible shots heard. When officers arrived, they found a teenage boy lying on the ground…

Tinker welcomes KC-46A Pegasus

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Tinker Air Force Base welcomed a new arrival last week. The first KC-46A Pegasus aircraft received a warm welcome from Tinker employees and Air Force officials as it flew into the base last Thursday to receive its initial maintenance check. Col. Greg Lowe, 76th Aircraft Maintenance commander, said it was…

Area Sports

Del City gets best of rival Lady Bombers

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A change did the Del City volleyball team good. The Lady Eagles used some pregame substitutions and relentless effort last Thursday in a 3-0 win over Midwest City at John Smith Field House. “We made some minor adjustments with our substitutions and finally connected as a team and it paid…

Choctaw finishes second at Mustang Tournament

Carl Albert tops Lawton, Enid in round robin tournament By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Carl Albert and Choctaw volleyball teams made the trip west last Saturday for the Mustang Tournament. The Lady Yellowjackets finished second in the tournament with a 4-1 record in round robin play. They beat Moore (25-16, 21-25, 15-9), Enid (25-20,…

Business

Midwest City Warren Theatre facing foreclosure

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon The Warren Theatre in Midwest City is in financial straits less than a year after opening. Arvest Bank is seeking to foreclose on the theatre due to unpaid debts and several liens related to construction of the building. The Arkansas-based bank, which provided financing for the movie complex, filed…

Billy Sims Burger coming to Midwest City

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon A popular restaurant chain is bringing a different flavor to Midwest City. The owners of the Billy Sims Barbecue are opening a new concept called Billy Sims Burger. The fast food burger joint will be located at 6825 SE 29th St. Business partners Jeff Jackson and Billy Sims had…

Education

Students named National Merit Semifinalists

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Two local high school seniors qualified as semifinalists for the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Aidan Foreman and Xavier Williams earned the honor after finishing with among the top scores on the PSAT last year. About 1.5 million students took the exam and the top 16,000 were named semifinalists. Foreman…

Mid-Del Schools report COVID-19 cases

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Mid-Del Schools reported its first positive cases of COVID-19 for the new school year. In a weekly report issued last Friday, officials said there were seven known positive cases of the virus from Aug. 31 – Sept. 4. The cases include students, teachers, support staff and administrators. Officials said…

Photos

Photos: Mid-Del volleyball teams start practice

The Midwest City, Carl Albert and Del City volleyball teams recently started their fall practices. The OSSAA high school volleyball season officially starts Aug. 10.

Photos: Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association All-State

Midwest City’s Christian Cook and Del City’s Nate Goodlow and Demontreal Crutchfield took part in the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association’s large school all-state game Saturday at UCO’s Hamilton Fieldhouse. Cook led all scorers with 22 points but the West lost 89-84. Crutchfield finished with 7 points and Goodlow had 6 points.

Del City

Del City improves fire protection rating

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Some homeowners in Del City will see their insurance rates decrease due to improved safety ratings for the city’s fire protection. Chief Brandon Pursell last week announced that the department improved its Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating to a 2 from a previous rating of 3. He said the improved…

Del City selects developer for commercial, residential projects

City council approves letter of intent with RCL Mortgage and Development By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Del City has found a new developer for a pair of city-owned properties. The city council last week approved a letter of intent with RCL Mortgage and Development Company, who plans to build a commercial development near Scott…

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