Midwest City Beacon Area News

Fallen firefighter honored with overpass dedication

I-40 bridge named in honor of Clark By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The memory of James Everett Clark III is alive in the hearts of loved ones and first responders. And now, it will be remembered by thousands of people every day. State and local leaders dedicated the I-40 overpass bridge at SE 29th Street…

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Volunteers play crucial role at food pantry

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Hundreds of people in eastern Oklahoma County rely on the Mid-Del Food Pantry every week to feed their families. The non-profit organization couldn’t do that without donations from the community and local businesses, or without help from a loyal team of volunteers. About 30 people volunteer at the food pantry…

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Municipal, school elections attract handful of candidates

Incumbent Ward 1 City Councilwoman draws challenger By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A total of six municipal and school board seats were up for election this spring. But only one attracted more than one candidate during the filing period this week. Midwest City Mayor Matt Dukes and Ward 5 Councilwoman Christine Price-Allen will each serve…

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Midwest City Beacon kicks off holiday food drive

Newspaper staff collecting food through Dec. 18 By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor It’s the giving season, and the Midwest City Beacon staff is asking people to get into the spirit with their third annual food drive. During the next few weeks, the newspaper will be hosting a food drive to benefit the Mid-Del Food Pantry.…

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Titans eying gold ball

By Jared Price Contributing Writer The Carl Albert High School boys basketball team is looking to continue their stellar reign in Class 5A this season behind two of the better players this state has seen. Point guard Mason Harrell and shooting guard Trey Hopkins are very familiar names around the state when it comes to…

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Midwest City man sentenced to life in prison for 1997 murder

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A Midwest City man convicted in the 1997 murder of eight-year-old girl will spend the rest of his life in prison. Oklahoma County District Court Judge Glenn Jones Monday sentenced Anthony Palma, 58, to life in prison without parole for the disappearance and death of Kirsten Hatfield. Palma appeared in…

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Woman arrested in connection with fatal shooting

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City police arrested a woman in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday evening at ESA Park. About 8:40 p.m., police officers responded to calls of shots fired at the park in the 1600 block of Spencer Road. Officers found 20-year-old Dejuan Mathew Shaw-Hudson dead of gunshot wounds sitting in…

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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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