Ryan Horton is an award-winning journalist, and has served as Managing Editor of the Choctaw Times since 2010. He earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University.

Choctaw-Nicoma Park Museum established

A group of alumni have been working for several years to establish a museum dedicated to preserving the history of the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District. After working behind the scenes since 2015, the group is now ready to put some historic artifacts on display. “Since becoming superintendent I’ve felt that the district just hadn’t captured…

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Merriman named Oklahoma Film ICON

Choctaw actor honored at deadCenter Film Festival 2018 Choctaw native Ryan Merriman was honored over the weekend as an Oklahoma Film ICON at the 18th annual deadCenter Film Festival. The ICON Award honors Oklahomans whose success in the film and entertainment industry has drawn positive attention towards Oklahoma. Merriman was an award-winning child actor who starred in…

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Old Germany Restaurant set to reopen, Choctaw Oktoberfest 2018 slated

Choctaw’s Old Germany Restaurant closed its doors on April 16 after 42 years of business. Less than two months later the beloved dining establishment is now set to reopen. The eastern Oklahoma County community along with patrons from around the country were stunned to hear of the sudden restaurant closure and festival cancelation. Following the…

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Jones makes history with first ever baseball state title

Longhorns stun No. 1 No. 3-ranked Jones claimed a 9-7 win over No. 1 Oktaha to take the Class 3A state title Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The championship was the first for the Longhorns as they capped their first ever OSSAA State Baseball Final appearance with a historic win. Oktaha’s pitching had proven itself…

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Civil rights icon honored with Clara Luper Day

Community members gathered at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center last Thursday to celebrate the memory of a civil rights icon and former teacher in the Choctaw School District. Clara Luper is credited with beginning the Oklahoma desegregation sit-in movement, that inspired others across the country. The Dunjee teacher led a group of 14 black students…

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Spencer’s ready for spring planting season

By Jeff Harrison Staff Writer HARRAH – Mother Nature has taken Oklahoma on a roller coaster ride this year. Dry and windy conditions have sparked wildfires in the western part of the state, while several days of record low temperatures have kept many people indoors. But signs of spring are finally here. Nowhere is that…

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Choctaw to establish Clara Luper Day

Choctaw High School Student Council President Lydia Smith and other representatives met with the Choctaw City Council last week to discuss declaring an official Clara Luper Day in Choctaw. Students are working with city and community leaders to establish a day honoring the civil rights leader who was a teacher in the Choctaw area’s African…

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EOC Tech honors business owner clients with annual award

When Grady and Arlene Ulm fully retired in 2014 they soon realized after a year of retirement that they were made for the working world. Instead of searching for traditional full-time positions, they decided to take it a step further and start their own business, ATAG Underground Works, LLC, located in Harrah. While researching the…

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Competitive Speech and Drama claims state hardware

Choctaw High School’s Competitive Speech and Drama season, which started in November of 2017, culminated in an exciting weekend at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association State Tournament April 7-8 at the University of Oklahoma. Choctaw walked away with medals in 11 State Final events including one State Championship, third place 6A Academic All-State Award,…

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Old Germany Restaurant closes, Choctaw Oktoberfest cancelled

After 42 years of drinks, meals and memories Old Germany Restaurant closed its doors for good Monday, April 16. Changing consumer tastes and dwindling restaurant attendance were the catalyst for what locals considered a rapid and unexpected closure. Shortly after celebrating 42 years of business, the Turek family was forced to make the decision which…

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