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.

Honoring Harrah: Historical Society commissions bust of city founder

During the December meeting of the Harrah Historical Society, a sculpture honoring the founder of Harrah was unveiled. The Dec. 14 meeting had over 50 in attendance and honored local artist Ellen Gobin, her husband Jack and their daughters Kimberly and Kelly. Gobin, a well-known mural painter, was commissioned to capture the likeness of Harrah’s…

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Lady Jackets claim runnerup trophy

By John Martin Staff Writer The defending State Class 6A Champion Choctaw Yellowjackets saw their early season, five-game winning streak come to a halt Saturday night with a 49-33 loss to host Harrah in the finals of the Panther Classic. The Lady Jackets dealt Harrah its only loss of he 2016-17 State Championship season in…

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Undefeated Jackets claim Classic title

By John Martin Staff Writer The Choctaw Yellowjackets held off a late charge by El Reo to post a thrilling 56-55 victory in the championship finals of the 49th Annual Harrah Panther Classic Saturday night. The victory was also the Jackets’ sixth straight victory to open the 2017 campaign. The Jackets fought an uphill battle…

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A family tradition continues

Funeral home hosts open house   By John Martin Staff Writer A ribbon cutting by the Harrah Chamber of Commerce and a large crowd of Choctaw and Harrah residents enjoyed Tuesday’s Open House at the newly-renovated Asa Smith Funeral Service in Harrah. When Jim Parks passed away in 2015, his family decided to sell the…

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Help for the struggling

Progress made toward constructing Eastern Oklahoma Resource Center The Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center is preparing for their fifth annual Eastern Oklahoma County Christmas Party set for Dec. 16. “Each year we get a list of the most needing families from school counselors, and send out invitations to the event,” explained Carol Modisette. Approximately 170…

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Choctaw Area Chamber celebrates 40 years

The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated 40 years of service to business community of eastern Oklahoma County with a banquet at the Grand Resort and Casino Thursday, Nov. 9. Jeff Hogan, of Physical Therapy Central-Choctaw, passed the role of chairperson to Sara Botchlet with Choctaw Women’s Clinic. Additionally, a new board of directors for…

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Choctaw man named commissioner of public safety

Governor Mary Fallin has named Oklahoma Highway Patrol Maj. Billy D. “Rusty” Rhoades III, of Choctaw, to serve as Oklahoma’s commissioner of public safety. The announcement came Friday, Nov. 11, and his appointment takes effect Tuesday, Nov. 14. Rhoades is a 28-year veteran of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and is currently serving as zone commander…

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Freshman kicker performs for University of Kansas

Choctaw’s Liam Jones is performing is a expected at the Division I level. While the University of Kansas Jayhawks are struggling at 1-6, the former Yellowjacket with the golden leg is doing his part. The kickoff specialist has kicked off 29 times for a total of 1,730 yards and 12 touch backs as of the…

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Ross inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Choctaw Mayor Randy Ross was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame at the annual banquet in the Jim Thorpe Museum in Oklahoma City. At the ceremony Ross was honored with the Outstanding American Award. The Outstanding American honor is given to former wrestlers who are highly successful and…

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Bombers down Choctaw, 27-3

After jumping to an early lead Friday, Choctaw High School struggled as visiting Midwest City came back strong to claim a 27-3 win at Bill Jensen Field. Some offensive misfires combined with an aggressive MWC defense prevented a Choctaw team that was averaging over 27 points a game from getting much done. The Bomber defense…

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