Midwest City Beacon Area News

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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Midwest City Elks annual Christmas charity auction Friday, Nov. 17

Oh, Come All Ye Faithful   –   To the Midwest City Elks Lodge Christmas Charity Auction, Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Lodge, 8635 SE 15th Street, in Midwest City.  Among the items to be auctioned are two passes from Southwest Airlines, a handmade wooden rocking horse, restaurant certificates, OU/OSU memorabilia, merchandise, etc.  The auction will begin…

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Del City sales tax election set for Nov. 14

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Del City voters will head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 14 to decide on a ½ percent sales tax for public safety. City officials say the new sales tax is needed to provide competitive salaries and benefits for police and firefighters. If approved, the measure would increase Del City’s sales…

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