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Mid-Del Schools offering options for traditional and virtual learning this fall

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Mid-Del School Board tonight approved a plan for reopening schools next month that includes options for traditional in-person instruction and virtual online learning. Superintendent Rick Cobb presented the “Return to School” plan during a socially distanced meeting at the Mid-Del Technology Center. School is scheduled to begin Aug. 14.…

Midwest City requiring masks for food services staff

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City Manager Tim Lyon signed a proclamation today requiring all on-premise staff in restaurants, breweries, wineries, taverns, shopping mall food courts, food halls, cafeterias, bars, night clubs, and any other food services to wear masks or face coverings while on duty. The proclamation modified Ordinance 3406 and became effective today. The requirements are in place…

Spencer Fire Department unveils new brush pumper truck

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City purchased truck with assistance of $55k REAP Grant By Tonya Little Contributing Writer It was a day of celebration as city leaders and community members gathered at the Spencer Fire Department on June 29 to present the new state-of-the art brush pumper truck. The fire department held a traditional “wetdown” ceremony and ribbon cutting…

Rodebush, Wolfley win GOP primaries

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By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Local Republican voters selected their nominees in a pair of State House primaries last week. Lauren Rodebush won the State House District 94 primary and Max Wolfley was the winner in District 95. Rodebush won with 58.27% of the vote in a two-way race with Franklin Paul Cromack. She…

Neese, Bice advance to Republican runoff primary for 5th District

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Incumbents cruise to party nominations By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon The picture is a little clearer for three congressional races following last week’s primary election. Three incumbents and two challengers wrapped up their party’s nomination in the June 30 statewide primary election. Sen. James Inhofe had no trouble in the Republican primary, winning the…

Midwest City Rotary Club welcomes new officers

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McQuillar named president for 2020-21 By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon The Midwest City Rotary Club last week welcomed new officers and recognized outstanding members during its meeting at Wickline United Methodist Church. James “Chili” McQuillar was inducted as the president, replacing Adam Bush who served the past year. McQuillar announced that the club’s theme…

Midwest City celebrates nation’s birthday

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By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer Midwest City celebrated the Fourth of July with its annual Tribute to Liberty festivities at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. The event included live music, food trucks, fireworks, and more. Even though activities started at 6 p.m., the Midwest City Police were early with their dunk tank for Special Olympics. …

King takes command at Tinker

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New commander succeeds Brig. Gen. Hill as head of OC ALC By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon A pattern has developed in the careers of U.S. Air Force Brigadier Generals Christopher Hill and Jeff King. King has succeeded Hill three times in his career. When Hill last week relinquished control of the Oklahoma City Air…

Voters back $8.84 million school bond issue

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Superintendent Rick Cobb and the Mid-Del School Board anxiously watched as election results rolled in Tuesday evening during a special meeting. The district’s $8.84 million bond proposal was just one of many items on the ballot in a crowded June 30 statewide primary. Staff updated the precinct results on a…

Unemployment assistance event helping Oklahomans

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By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Relief has finally arrived to hundreds of people needing help with unemployment claims. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission hosted several claim processing events over the past week at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City. The events were designed to help claimants who have outstanding needs or require in-person…

Area News

Kickapoo Turnpike expected to open first phase in September

Eastern Oklahoma County corridor to have 80 mph speed limit By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Eastern Oklahoma County’s new turnpike is expected to begin opening in coming months, and officials say that roadway will open with a speed limit of 80 miles per hour. The northern half of the new Kickapoo Turnpike, connecting I-40 and I-44…

Midwest City considering mask ordinance

City Council to vote on public mask order on Tuesday By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City is the latest community in the metro to consider making face masks mandatory in public. The city council will consider an emergency ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting. City Manager Tim Lyon said the proposal is in response to an…

Area Sports

Mid-Del swimmers find summer home

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…

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…

Business

AT&T gives boost to Mid-Del Food Pantry

Telecommunications company donates $2,121 to help during COVID-19 pandemic By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Companies across the state are stepping up their efforts help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. AT&T Oklahoma did just that last week. The telecommunications company, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, last Friday provided a check for $2,121…

Education

Mid-Del Schools selling Jarman Middle School

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A for sale sign is going up at Jarman Middle School. The Mid-Del School Board hired a commercial realty firm to sell the 76-year-old school building. Superintendent Rick Cobb said the district wants to sell the unused building at 5 W. MacArthur Dr. as part of the middle school consolidation.…

Mid-Del middle schools on the move

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…

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Del City

Del City soccer welcomes new coaches

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Del City High School named two new soccer coaches. Erin Rennick was hired the girls coach and Trevor Hunt will take over as the boys coach after coaching the girls for the past three years. Rennick previously coached boys at Midwest City High School. She was an assistant in 2019…

Off-duty Langston officer shoots suspected shoplifter

By Jeff Harrison Midwest City Beacon Del City police are investigating after an off-duty Langston University police officer opened fire on a suspected shoplifter outside Walmart on Saturday. According to police, the off-duty officer was working as a private security guard at the Del City Walmart when he spotted someone trying to shoplift items from…

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