Eastern Oklahoma County

City of Choctaw mask mandate expires

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times After 227 days under a mask mandate, the City of Choctaw’s mask requirements officially expired April 20. City officials had voted for a mask mandate in August, but a split vote (4-3) caused a 30-day implementation delay. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of the expiration of the…

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Congresswoman Bice visits EOC

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosts tour of Jones The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosted Congresswoman Stephanie Bice’s first official visit to eastern Oklahoma County since taking office, April 8. Chamber officials say the goal was to help introduce the Congresswoman to the EOC area. The Choctaw Area Chamber…

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Harrah works to overcome divisive election

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Residents vote for three new city officials   Harrah has selected new city leadership following a divisive campaign cycle that included defamatory political mailers, hostile social media exchanges and the cancellation of public candidate forums following safety concerns. The most contested Harrah municipal election in recent history resulted in voters…

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3 new City Councilmembers elected

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times 13 percent of eligible voters weigh in on Choctaw leadership   Voters in three of the City of Choctaw’s six wards selected new representation last Tuesday. April 6 incumbents were defeated in Ward 2 and 4, while Ward 6 selected a new face to fill that seat after the incumbent’s…

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Choctaw prepares for city election

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Three City Council seats up for vote April 6   Residents of Choctaw from three city wards will head to the polls April 6 to elect their City Council representative. The city’s most contested municipal election in recent history had a total of eight candidates file for the three positions.…

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Lady Longhorns punch ticket to state

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Jones fans are excited to experience a little Deja Vu as the Lady Longhorns have punched their ticket to state. Jones High School has captured the area title with a win over Kingston, and is now prepared to make their first state tournament appearance…again. A year ago, Jones High School claimed…

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EOC little league hosts ‘March Madness’

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   COVID-19, winter weather pushes youth season back to a 95-team March postseason tournament   The EOC Basketball League hosted a postseason invitational over the weekend with 95 teams competing over three days at five different schools throughout eastern Oklahoma County. A year of scheduling complications, from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic…

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Six Jackets place at state

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times 5 Yellowjackets medal, lone Lady Jacket takes gold   Choctaw High School had five state placers at the 2021 OSSAA Class 6A State Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Caden Holman, of Choctaw, secured fourth at 113 pounds. Holman suffered a 3-2 sudden victory loss in his final match with Putnam City’s Kalib Nolan…

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Pay Day for Choctaw’s Girl State Champion

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Peyton Hand goes undefeated, takes state title   Choctaw’s lone female wrestler handled all challengers this season as she rolled on to a take top honors Thursday at Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City. Choctaw High School’s Peyton Hand finished her sophomore year with a perfect 16-0 record when she claimed…

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Choctaw woman runs 80 miles in 22 hours

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Running for the Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center A local woman ran 80 miles around eastern Oklahoma County Friday in an effort to raise support and awareness of the Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center. Shanna Sears, of Choctaw, had a goal of running 100 miles while meeting and running alongside…

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