Choctaw Times Area News

Councilman Williams takes oath of office

Choctaw City Councilmembers begin terms following election Before the April 16 regular Choctaw City Council meeting Chad Williams was sworn in as Ward 1 City Councilman. Williams replaced Ron Bradshaw, who served on the council for 17 years, following an April 2 election. Williams defeated the longtime incumbent by a count of 95 votes to…

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‘Evil Dead the Musical’

The STATE Theatre brings unique comedic musical to Harrah Theatre goers are in for a show unlike anything they’ve seen before as Evil Dead the Musical takes the stage of Harrah’s historic STATE Theatre. Evil Dead The Musical is a theatrical experience which combines the plots of Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead 2 (1987) with…

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Realtor staying ahead of the curve

Gallardo-Owens uses online marketing along with old fashion hard work to serve clients By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Local realtor Ruthie Gallardo-Owens understands technology. She understands hard work. And she knows how powerful the two can be together in real estate. “What I love about real estate is that it’s something I can pour myself…

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Developer breaks ground on hotel

Construction of Choctaw’s Best Western Plus is underway Choctaw city officials gathered Tuesday, March 19 before the regular City Council meeting to celebrate the groundbreaking for a hotel. The first shovels of dirt were turned marking the beginning of construction for a Best Western Plus. The hotel is to built directly northeast of Walmart in…

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Choctaw election scheduled for April 2

Four of Choctaw’s seven City Council seats are up for election April 2. Voters will choose between several longtime city leaders and several newcomers to local politics. Incumbents include Mayor Randy Ross, Ward 1 City Councilman Ron Bradshaw, Ward 3 Councilwoman Jeannie Abts and Ward 6 Councilman Dale Gill. Challengers include Zachary Vargas running for…

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Choctaw’s first female mayor dies

Former mayor Ruth Luke died Sunday, March 10 at the age of 69. Luke was elected as Choctaw’s mayor in 1991. She made history serving two terms as the first woman mayor of Oklahoma’s oldest chartered town. She also spent time as a PTO President, chairwoman of the City of Choctaw Founders Celebration Day Committee,…

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Choctaw lands Starbucks

Coffee company to build in Markets at Choctaw development City officials have confirmed Starbucks will be the next addition to the Markets at Choctaw development. “We have signed a letter of intent with Starbucks to build at the corner of Market and NE 23rd Street. They will have a building finished with people buying coffee…

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Developing Choctaw’s Downtown District

Design process begins for proposed Main Street building City officials have taken action to officially begin the planning process for a proposed building on Main Street. During the March 5 regular City Council meeting Choctaw officials approved a proposal for consulting and design services with Bockus Payne Architecture. The agreement authorized the firm to begin…

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Rotary Club of EOC hosts annual fundraiser

A total of 114 connoisseurs of fine dining and wines recently descended on Choctaw to enjoy a romantic dinner and raise funds for a worthy cause. The Rotary Club of East Oklahoma County recently hosted their largest fundraiser of the year, a Valentine Wine Dinner, at Old Germany Restaurant. Each year Old Germany staff and…

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Hotel to build in Harrah

The City of Harrah officially confirmed Thursday that a hotel will be constructed in Harrah and should be fully operational within 18-24 months. “There is a hotel coming to Harrah, and we’re pretty excited about it. It’s a Comfort Inn and Suites. It’s going in at Reno and Harrah Road,” said city manager Clayton Lucas.…

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