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Tinker teams up with OU

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Partnership to improve aerospace technology and educational opportunities By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Leaders from Tinker Air Force Base and the University of Oklahoma last week signed an educational partnership agreement to provide educational opportunities for students and faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Brig. Gen. Jeff King, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex commander,…

July sales tax report provides pleasant surprise

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Midwest City sees 13.21% increase in sales tax revenue for July By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City received some good news to start the new fiscal year. Sales and use tax collections increased by double digits in July compared to 2019. According to the city’s monthly report, Midwest City received $3,729,411 in sales tax…

Midwest City gets REAL ID

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The long wait for REAL ID is over in Midwest City and Del City. Local tag agencies started issuing the new identification cards last week. The Department of Public Safety began issuing REAL ID to the public on June 29 at select locations. The agency is gradually expanding availability with…

Black Community Discussions returns July 31

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Representatives of the Black community in Midwest City will hold a panel discussion about race issues in the community on July 31. The Black Community Discussions Part 2 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at 321 ENT CCC Computers Coffee and Chill, 1401 S. Midwest Blvd. The event will be streamed live on Facebook Live and…

Mid-Del middle schools on the move

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School district opening new additions at Midwest City and Del City middle schools By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A new classroom addition at Del City Middle School is starting to feel like home. Construction of the new 35,000-square-foot building wrapped up last month and crews have been moving in furniture and equipment. “We’re slowly moving…

Mid-Del swimmers find summer home

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High school teams hold summer workouts at Del City public pool By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Finding pool time can be a challenge for Mid-Del high school swimmers. Especially in the offseason. But they have discovered a new summer home at Eagle Harbor Aquatic Center in Del City. For the past two months, the swimmers…

Scooter’s Coffee coming to Midwest City

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A new coffee shop is coming to Midwest City. Scooter’s Coffee is opening a drive-thru location at 1865 S. Douglas Blvd., in the parking lot between Henry Hudson’s and S&B’s Burger Joint. “Scooter’s Coffee was born in the Midwest, so Oklahoma in general was a natural fit to continue our…

New commercial development bringing retro feel to Midwest City

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Center Marketplace lines up Nashbird, Baked Bear, Smoothie King and Pearle Vision Midwest City continues to see commercial development along SE 15th Street. Developers and city leaders recently broke ground on Center Marketplace, a multi-tenant shopping center at the southeast corner of SE 14th Street and Warren Drive, across the street from the Sooner Shopping…

Midwest City requiring masks for restaurant, bar employees

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New mask requirement effective through Sept. 30 By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Workers at Midwest City restaurants and bars must now wear masks after the city manager announced new restrictions last Friday to slow the spread of COVD-19. City Manager Tim Lyon issued the mandate due to recent increases in infection rates and hospitalizations. “Since…

Building projects reshape Rose State campus

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Student union, new student housing to open next month By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Campus is looking different at Rose State College. The school is nearing completion on two major building projects – a 48,000-square-foot student union and the second phase of the student housing complex. Both are expected to open next month for the…

Area News

Midwest City issues public mask order

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Midwest City Council last night approved a public mask ordinance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The emergency order requires people to wear face coverings over their noses and mouths while in public places wherever it is not possible to maintain social distance from others. The ordinance went…

Choctaw native joins SSM Health

Medical group welcomes Dr. Taylor Craft SSM Health Medical Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Taylor Craft, pediatrics, to the SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex just off I-40 serving east Oklahoma City, Midwest City and surrounding communities. He will care for patients from birth to 18 years across a variety of non-emergency primary care needs,…

Area Sports

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.

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…

Business

New commercial development bringing retro feel to Midwest City

Center Marketplace lines up Nashbird, Baked Bear, Smoothie King and Pearle Vision Midwest City continues to see commercial development along SE 15th Street. Developers and city leaders recently broke ground on Center Marketplace, a multi-tenant shopping center at the southeast corner of SE 14th Street and Warren Drive, across the street from the Sooner Shopping…

Midwest City offers grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority, Board of Grantors Approve 2020 COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program The Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority and its Board of Grantors this week both unanimously approved a plan to offer limited cash grants to Midwest City businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grantees may receive from $1500 to $4000 based…

Education

Mid-Del buying face coverings for students, staff

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Mid-Del Schools is requiring all students and staff to wear a mask or face covering this upcoming school year. And the school district is also providing one. The school board last week approved purchasing neck gaiters for all students and staff to begin the school year next month. The fabric…

Mid-Del parents show interest in virtual academy

More than 1,500 apply in first week of virtual learning enrollment By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Parents of Mid-Del students are showing interest in virtual learning for the upcoming school year. The school district received more than 1,500 applications in the first week of enrollment for the Mid-Del Virtual Academy, its new online learning program.…

Photos

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…

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.  

Del City

New businesses headed to Del City

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A few new businesses are coming to Del City. Starbucks is nearing completion of a new store near Sooner Rd. and Tinker Diagonal, while an eye care center and dialysis facility are both on the horizon, according to city officials. The new Starbucks will be in the parking lot of…

Davis takes over as Del City wrestling coach

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon   The Del City High School wrestling team has a new leader. Kevin Davis was named the Eagles head coach last week. Davis has served as an assistant for the past four years under former coach Wes Ruth, who left to become an assistant principal at Piedmont. “It’s very…

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