Oklahoma

Firework retailers encourage early shopping

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   National shortage causes supply concerns at local stands For many, fireworks are the most anticipated aspect of annual Fourth of July celebrations. Many eastern Oklahoma County residents especially take pride in discharging their own fireworks at private parties and social gatherings around Independence Day. However, local fireworks distributors are warning…

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Choctaw fifth grader awarded for patriotism

EOC Rotary Satellite Club hosts inaugural essay contest   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times The East Oklahoma County Rotary Satellite Club recently launched a new service project calling for essay entries from local fifth graders. Designed to encourage writing and critical thinking skills, the inaugural contest was themed “What does patriotism mean in America today?” East…

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Choctaw claims 15th State Championship

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Competition looked different this school year, but Choctaw High School Drama and Stagecraft has done it again. Choctaw’s theatre program has claimed their 15th Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A One Act State Championship with a breathtaking one-act performance of The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman. All-State Actors include Anna…

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EOC Rotary Satellite Club hosts essay contest

Local fifth graders write about patriotism   By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times The East Oklahoma County Rotary Satellite Club recently launched a new service project calling for essay entries from local fifth graders. Designed to encourage writing and critical thinking skills, the inaugural contest was themed “What does patriotism mean in America today?” East Oklahoma County…

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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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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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City manager announces resignation

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Brown to return to Pentagon   Choctaw city manager Edward Brown will be resigning. After four years at the helm of the City of Choctaw, Brown is returning to Washington D.C. Brown has been selected to lead the Business Resale Policy Division under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for…

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