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Choctaw-Nicoma Park residents vote YES

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Voters show overwhelming support of new school bonds Voters of the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District showed overwhelming support for new bond issues aimed at districtwide improvements. After the first precinct reported results, support of the new school bonds was over 75 percent and that percentage remained as final results trickled in…

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Holidays with Heroes

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Eastern Oklahoma County first responders unite to take children Christmas shopping   Local first responders recently took time to celebrate the holidays with some youngsters they consider to be hometown heroes. The Eastern Oklahoma County Chief’s Association hosted their inaugural Holiday with Heroes event on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.…

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Bond election planned for 2022

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Two new elementary schools among plans for Choctaw-Nicoma Park   The Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District is earnestly preparing a school bond proposal to present to citizens of the district in early 2022. Officials say thanks to voter support of the last bond issue, passed 14 years ago, this new bond…

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Parents urge CNP Schools to open doors

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Online petition aims to influence Choctaw-Nicoma Park principals in to allowing parents back inside district school sites   Local parents have started an effort to urge principals to open their school facilities up to the families of attending students. While Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools have long been reopened to in-person learning…

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Choctaw announces new city manager

Guest assumes position July 26 By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times The City of Choctaw announced last Wednesday that the City Council had selected Ronnie J. Guest, Jr., as Choctaw’s next city manager. Guest comes to Choctaw from Carrizo Springs, Texas. City officials say in his role as city manager for Carrizo Springs he has served established…

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Harrah terminates city manager

By John Martin Staff Writer After months of bickering between mayor Danny Trent and city manager Clayton Lucas, the Harrah City Council voted unanimously to terminate Lucas’ contract effective June 30. As per terms of his contract, Lucas will receive six month’s severance pay. During his campaign and since his election, Trent had lobbied publicly…

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New Harrah mayor clashes with city staff

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times City attorney contemplates resignation   In an April 6 election, Harrah voters selected three new city officials. Mayor Danny Trent, Ward 1 Councilman Paul Wiegert and Ward 3 Councilman Chris Lally were all sworn into office April 19. However, clashes with the new mayor and existing city staff were underway before…

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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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