Choctaw Times Area News

City opens bids for playground at Choctaw Creek Park

City officials are done playing around with the state of Choctaw’s parks. Playground improvements are officially underway in city parks. City Council voted last week to authorize city staff to seek sealed quotes from qualified organizations to provide playground equipment for Choctaw Creek Park. The request for quotes follows the recent installation of new playground…

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Officers take 43 children shopping at Project Blue Lion 2017

Local law enforcement officers recently gave over 40 youngsters in need the chance to “shop with a cop.” Officers from Choctaw, Harrah, Nicoma Park and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol united to take 43 local youngsters Christmas shopping at Choctaw’s Walmart Supercenter last week. Each child got to spend $100 on gifts to help make their…

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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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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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ODOT taps brakes on road projects

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor One major road project in eastern Oklahoma County is expected to begin early next year. Another will have to wait. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission on Monday morning awarded a $71.3 million contract to rebuild the Choctaw Road interchange and widen I-40 to six lanes between I-240 and Peebly Road. Work…

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Wizard World Comic Con coming to OKC

Colorful characters from around the state are set to converge on downtown Oklahoma City this October as the metro hosts its first Wizard World Comic Convention. Costumed heroes, comic books, celebrity guests and much more can be expected at Oklahoma City’s inaugural Wizard World event, which is slated for Oct. 27-29 at the Cox Convention Center.…

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Major roadwork ahead for I-40

Choctaw Road interchange, widening project could be state’s largest ever By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Road crews, orange barrels and lane closures will be a fixture along I-40 in eastern Oklahoma County as ODOT prepares nearly $300 million projects that will reshape the corridor. ODOT’s eight-year transportation construction plan includes replacing bridges in Del City,…

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