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Del City High adding school resource officer

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Del City Police Department is adding a school resource officer at Del City High School for the upcoming school year. The police department and the Mid-Del School District approved an agreement to add the officer. The Del City Council last Monday night approved hiring two police officers to support…

Midwest City issues public mask order

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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…

Midwest City considering mask ordinance

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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…

Mid-Del Schools selling Jarman Middle School

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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.…

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…

Area News

Youth baseball complex renovation more costly than expected

City council approves $398,000 supplement for Reed Baseball Complex bond project By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City leaders recently approved an amended construction contract to renovate the Reed Baseball Complex. The City Council awarded the $2.24 million contract to MacHill Construction during a regular meeting on Aug. 25. MacHill Construction was hired by the…

Midwest City construction permits declined last month

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City construction permits cooled off in August after totaling more than $10 million in the previous two months combined. The city issued permits totaling $1,770,558 last month, including eight new single-family homes valued at $1.09 million. That was down from 16 home permits in July and the second lowest…

Area Sports

Bombers fizzle in second half against Carl Albert

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…

Choctaw sweeps Midwest City on senior night

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Choctaw volleyball team made sure senior night was a special one. Lady Yellowjackets topped rival Midwest City 3-0 (25-9, 25-13, 25-10) last Thursday evening at Choctaw High School. Choctaw took control in the first set with help from seniors Josie Thomas, Quytana Bateson, Jacey Simons, Logan Hausman and Mackenzie…

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Mid-Del Schools contracts with Arizona company for virtual learning

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Mid-Del Schools recently revealed its plan to offer a virtual learning option for the upcoming school year. Last week, school district leaders announced that online instruction will be provided through a third-party platform, Edgenuity. The school board approved a contract with the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company during a July 22 virtual…

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…

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Del City

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…

Del City High School alumni nominated for Emmy Award

By Tonya Little Contributing Writer Xavier Turner, who graduated from Del City High School in 2018 and finished his sophomore year as a Broadcast Journalism major at OU, got the surprise of his life recently when his video sports project called Out of Bounds, was nominated for an Emmy Award. When Turner started at OU…

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