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Mid-Del launches online check-in app for student enrollment

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Mid-Del Schools is taking new approach for student enrollment. The school district will use an online check-in system for parents and guardians registering students for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. The new QLess system serves as a virtual line that reduces wait times and the number of people inside the…

Mid-Del Schools seeking approval for $8.84 million bond issue

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Proposal includes funding for playground equipment, band/orchestra equipment, classroom remodels By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Mid-Del Schools is asking patrons to support an $8.84 million bond issue in the June 30 primary election. The proposal includes funding for playground equipment, improved accessibility, band and orchestra uniforms, fine art equipment, security cameras, new roofing at the…

Midwest City upgrading Key Boulevard

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Project will replace roadway between Babb and Indian By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City plans to upgrade a major street in the Original Mile neighborhood. The city council last week approved a project to reconstruct Key Boulevard between Babb Drive to E. Indian Drive as well as improvements to entrances at Midwest City Elementary.…

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.…

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5K9 fun run a success

By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer More than 30 runners took part in a 5K run fundraiser to buy a new K9 officer for the Midwest City Police Department last Saturday at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park.  The event was sponsored by the Midwest City Police Department Awards Committee and the Midwest City Citizens Police Academy…

State lawmaker leading interim study on teacher training

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A state lawmaker from Midwest City is looking into how the state trains and recruits new teachers as part of an interim study. State Rep. Kelly Albright and Rep. John Waldron are leading the study on new teacher training. “We want to examine current practices for teacher training, identify gaps,…

Area Sports

Volleyball season kicks off next week

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Volleyball season is just around the corner for the three local high schools. Carl Albert, Del City and Midwest City started their fall practices a few weeks ago and will get their first taste of competition next week. Midwest City and Del City both open the year Aug. 11. The…

Cook shines in All-State game

By John Martin Staff Writer Midwest City’s Christian Cook certainly made the most of his last appearance as a high school basketball player at UCO’s Hamilton Field House Saturday afternoon. Cook joined the Del City duo of Demontreal Crutchfield and Nathaniel Goodlow on the Large West All-State basketball team that was played at UCO after…

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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…

Mid-Del hires three principals

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Mid-Del Schools continues to shape its administrative team for the upcoming school year. The school board last week named three principals during a special board meeting. Shane Sanders was named the head principal of Midwest City Middle School, Ginger York was selected as principal at Cleveland Bailey, and Taylor Upchurch…

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