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Midwest City Rotary Club awards $10k in scholarships

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Midwest City Rotary Club last week awarded over $10,000 in college scholarships to recent graduates from Carl Albert and Midwest City high schools. Scholarships were presented during a graduation celebration last Friday night at Crest Baptist Church. The Rotary Club usually presents scholarships during an end of the year…

Election: Political newcomers square off in GOP primary for House 94

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Republican primary for State House District 94 will feature a pair of political newcomers. Franklin Paul Cromack, 35, an IT professional, and Lauren Rodebush, 31, a physical therapist assistant, are making their first run at political office as they square off for the party nomination on June 30. The…

Election: Wolfley, Ward faces off in House 95 Republican primary

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Two Midwest City men want to see State House District 95 flip red. And both believe they are the one to do it. Darren Ward, 45, a contractor and former county GOP chair, and Max Wolfley, 66, a retired teacher, will meet in the June 30 primary election. The winner…

Mid-Del approves $146.5M budget

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Budget include step raises for employees By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Mid-Del School Board last week approved a fiscal year 2020-21 budget for the district totaling more than $146.5 million. The board voted unanimously June 8 to approve the budget. The spending plan is about $6 million more than the current $139.9 million budget.…

Elks Lodge keeping Flag Day tradition alive

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Countless events and celebrations have been canceled or altered due to the coronavirus. When it came to honoring the American flag, the Elks Lodge No. 1890 chose the latter. The group celebrated the history and significance of the red, white and blue Sunday afternoon during their annual Flag Day ceremony.…

Midwest City police investigating fatal shooting

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Midwest City police are investigating a fatal shooting early this morning near NE 10th Street and Midwest Blvd. At 2:27 a.m., officers responded to the Fairfax Apartments, 7831 NE 10th St., about a possible shooting.  Police learned that Nicosha Nelson, 25, had just returned to her apartment and walked inside when a suspect fired a…

Mid-Del teacher accused of posting racist comments resigns

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A teacher at Jarman Middle School has resigned after making inflammatory comments on social media about race and recent protests against police brutality, according to officials at Mid-Del Schools. Kemper Rigg submitted his resignation as of June 11. Superintendent Rick Cobb recommended the teacher’s termination after learning of the posts.…

Midwest City Rotary continues support for food pantry

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Civic group donates additional $3k to help Mid-Del Food Pantry By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Midwest City Rotary Club recently donated $3,000 to the Mid-Del Food Pantry to help families in need. On May 29, Adam Bush, Rotary president, delivered the check to Mike Anderson, director of the…

Chick-fil-A planning July 1 opening

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City will soon become a two Chick-fil-A town. The popular fast food chain plans to open its new Midwest City location on July 1. The new restaurant will be located at 5705 SE 15th Street, in the Sooner Rose Shopping Center. “We look forward to joining the community and…

Bond issue helps firefighters gear up

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Fire department upgrading equipment, trucks, facilities By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City firefighters are better equipped to protect residents and themselves thanks to a 2018 general obligation bond issue. The $53 million bond package included more than $3.7 million for equipment, vehicles, and facility upgrades for the fire department. So far, the fire department…

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Tinker teams up with OU

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

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…

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Carl Albert golfer staying sharp this summer

Zuniga placed third at Oak Tree Team Championship By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Kamryn Zuniga will have to wait for her first official high school golf tournament. The Carl Albert sophomore was looking forward to making her debut with the Carl Albert Girls Golf Challenge on March 13. But the day before, school was closed…

Bomber standout commits to Oklahoma State

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor For Makale Smith, the transition from the hardwood to the gridiron was a smooth one. The basketball standout quickly developed into a key contributor for the Midwest City football team last year, playing offense, defense and special teams. In the process, he also blossomed into a coveted college prospect. Just…

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

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.…

Voters back $8.84 million school bond issue

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…

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