Midwest City Beacon Area News

I-40 bridge project set for spring

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A major road project on Interstate 40 in Mid-Del is expected to begin in spring 2020 according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The $64.4 million project includes rebuilding bridges over Crutcho Creek, SE 15th Street and Sooner Road. Work is expected to take about 2 ½ years to complete.…

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Students attend Key Club national convention

MCHS Vice President Jaylin Vinson wins talent competition By Tonya Little Contributing Writer The Key Club International Convention, ICON, provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership to help develop caring and compassionate leaders who transform communities. It not only aims to develop initiative and leadership, but to also provide…

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Jail ministry program receives boost from business

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City’s Police Department has taken a proactive role in reducing recidivism rates through its Jail Division and Jail Ministry programs. The voluntary programs include treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues and spiritual guidance for inmates at the municipal jail. The police department received help from a community…

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Man arrested after allegedly raping 4-year-old girl

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor An Oklahoma City man was arrested for allegedly raping a 4-year-old girl inside a bathroom at a McDonald’s in Midwest City, according to police. On Tuesday afternoon, Midwest City police were called to the fast food restaurant on SE 15th St. According to an arrest affidavit, daycare employees told police…

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Warren Theatres delays opening until next month

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor People will have to wait a little longer to watch movies on the big screen in Midwest City. Warren Theatres has postponed the opening of its Midwest City cinema until next month, according to Robert Coleman, economic development director for Midwest City. The theatre is expected to open Friday, Aug.…

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Playground dedicated in memory of former State Representative

The name Miskelly has returned to Choctaw’s largest park. Mayor Randy Ross and city staff met with the Miskelly family July 4 to dedicate the recently installed playground in Choctaw Creek Park as John Miskelly Playground. John Miskelly Jr., was a state representative who setup the park, but was killed in a car accident before…

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Choctaw outlaws use of solid human waste as fertilizer

During last week’s regular City Council meeting Choctaw officials voted unanimously to amend the code of ordinances, prohibiting the spreading of solid human waste within city limits. Ordinance No. 796-2019 was approved at the July 2 meeting with a vote of support from the entire council. The ordinance declares the spreading of solid waste, from…

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Paul Streets selected as Director of Public Works

The City of Midwest announced its next public works director. Paul Streets, who has been serving as the acting public works director since June 24, has been selected to as the director of the public works department effective immediately. “Paul’s experience and comprehensive knowledge of public works as well as his leadership skills were important…

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Freshman golfer has busy summer

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Summer is time to relax for many teens. But for Kamryn Zuniga, it means extra time on the golf course. The incoming freshman at Carl Albert High School is staying busy this summer practicing and competing in tournaments around the state. Zuniga has been shooting in the mid-80s this summer,…

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Regents approve tuition increase

Rose State tuition and fees will increase by 4.9 percent By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Students at Rose State College will pay more for tuition next year. The college is raising its tuition and fees by 4.9 percent for the 2019-20 school year compared to the current rates. The increase was approved by the Oklahoma…

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