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Spencer’s celebrating 30 years

Popular barbeque restaurant hosting 30th anniversary celebration on June 23 By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor For 30 years, Spencer’s Smokehouse and Barbeque has been serving hungry customers across eastern Oklahoma County. And the longtime family business would like to say thank you. Spencer’s is hosting a 30th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 23 at their…

Merriman named Oklahoma Film ICON

Choctaw actor honored at deadCenter Film Festival 2018 Choctaw native Ryan Merriman was honored over the weekend as an Oklahoma Film ICON at the 18th annual deadCenter Film Festival. The ICON Award honors Oklahomans whose success in the film and entertainment industry has drawn positive attention towards Oklahoma. Merriman was an award-winning child actor who starred in…

Old Germany Restaurant set to reopen, Choctaw Oktoberfest 2018 slated

Choctaw’s Old Germany Restaurant closed its doors on April 16 after 42 years of business. Less than two months later the beloved dining establishment is now set to reopen. The eastern Oklahoma County community along with patrons from around the country were stunned to hear of the sudden restaurant closure and festival cancelation. Following the…

Jones makes history with first ever baseball state title

Longhorns stun No. 1 No. 3-ranked Jones claimed a 9-7 win over No. 1 Oktaha to take the Class 3A state title Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The championship was the first for the Longhorns as they capped their first ever OSSAA State Baseball Final appearance with a historic win. Oktaha’s pitching had proven itself…

Civil rights icon honored with Clara Luper Day

Community members gathered at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center last Thursday to celebrate the memory of a civil rights icon and former teacher in the Choctaw School District. Clara Luper is credited with beginning the Oklahoma desegregation sit-in movement, that inspired others across the country. The Dunjee teacher led a group of 14 black students…

Competitive Speech and Drama claims state hardware

Choctaw High School’s Competitive Speech and Drama season, which started in November of 2017, culminated in an exciting weekend at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association State Tournament April 7-8 at the University of Oklahoma. Choctaw walked away with medals in 11 State Final events including one State Championship, third place 6A Academic All-State Award,…

Old Germany Restaurant closes, Choctaw Oktoberfest cancelled

After 42 years of drinks, meals and memories Old Germany Restaurant closed its doors for good Monday, April 16. Changing consumer tastes and dwindling restaurant attendance were the catalyst for what locals considered a rapid and unexpected closure. Shortly after celebrating 42 years of business, the Turek family was forced to make the decision which…

Yellowjackets claim gold in inaugural tournament

  Choctaw High School is working to build a soccer legacy in eastern Oklahoma County. Last year Eric Jenkins stepped in as interim head coach, and he’s now in his first official year at the helm of Choctaw soccer. With the same “G.O.L.D. Standard” adopted throughout CHS athletics, the Jackets are looking to build a…

Rose State to stream panel discussion on school safety tonight

Stream Available On College YouTube Page Rose State College will provide a live stream of the School Safety Panel Discussion event slated for tonight, Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm. The live stream can be viewed on the Rose State College YouTube page at www.youtube.com/user/RoseStateCollegeOK. You can also monitor the Rose State Facebook and…

In historic season Choctaw wins every team title

Choctaw High School’s Yellowjacket wrestlers finished the season as the state’s undisputed champions Saturday when they rolled through elite competition to capture the nearly impossible Class 6A Trifecta. Saturday’s championship performance secured Choctaw’s place in the record books as the wrestling program won virtually everything. Claiming the Trifecta means the high school team did the…

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Spencer’s celebrating 30 years

Popular barbeque restaurant hosting 30th anniversary celebration on June 23 By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor For 30 years, Spencer’s Smokehouse and Barbeque has been serving hungry customers across eastern Oklahoma County. And the longtime family business would like to say thank you. Spencer’s is hosting a 30th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 23 at their…

Merriman named Oklahoma Film ICON

Choctaw actor honored at deadCenter Film Festival 2018 Choctaw native Ryan Merriman was honored over the weekend as an Oklahoma Film ICON at the 18th annual deadCenter Film Festival. The ICON Award honors Oklahomans whose success in the film and entertainment industry has drawn positive attention towards Oklahoma. Merriman was an award-winning child actor who starred in…

Old Germany Restaurant set to reopen, Choctaw Oktoberfest 2018 slated

Choctaw’s Old Germany Restaurant closed its doors on April 16 after 42 years of business. Less than two months later the beloved dining establishment is now set to reopen. The eastern Oklahoma County community along with patrons from around the country were stunned to hear of the sudden restaurant closure and festival cancelation. Following the…

Civil rights icon honored with Clara Luper Day

Community members gathered at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center last Thursday to celebrate the memory of a civil rights icon and former teacher in the Choctaw School District. Clara Luper is credited with beginning the Oklahoma desegregation sit-in movement, that inspired others across the country. The Dunjee teacher led a group of 14 black students…

Spencer’s ready for spring planting season

By Jeff Harrison Staff Writer HARRAH – Mother Nature has taken Oklahoma on a roller coaster ride this year. Dry and windy conditions have sparked wildfires in the western part of the state, while several days of record low temperatures have kept many people indoors. But signs of spring are finally here. Nowhere is that…

Entertainment complex headed to Midwest City

Owners of Andy Alligator’s announce plans for 26,000-square-foot facility near Warren Theatres By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City is about to get a lot more entertaining. A metro entertainment company plans to build a 26,000-square-foot entertainment complex in the Sooner Rose Shopping Center near SE 15th St. and Sooner Rd. Allison’s Fun Inc. on…

Choctaw to establish Clara Luper Day

Choctaw High School Student Council President Lydia Smith and other representatives met with the Choctaw City Council last week to discuss declaring an official Clara Luper Day in Choctaw. Students are working with city and community leaders to establish a day honoring the civil rights leader who was a teacher in the Choctaw area’s African…

EOC Tech honors business owner clients with annual award

When Grady and Arlene Ulm fully retired in 2014 they soon realized after a year of retirement that they were made for the working world. Instead of searching for traditional full-time positions, they decided to take it a step further and start their own business, ATAG Underground Works, LLC, located in Harrah. While researching the…

Competitive Speech and Drama claims state hardware

Choctaw High School’s Competitive Speech and Drama season, which started in November of 2017, culminated in an exciting weekend at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association State Tournament April 7-8 at the University of Oklahoma. Choctaw walked away with medals in 11 State Final events including one State Championship, third place 6A Academic All-State Award,…

Old Germany Restaurant closes, Choctaw Oktoberfest cancelled

After 42 years of drinks, meals and memories Old Germany Restaurant closed its doors for good Monday, April 16. Changing consumer tastes and dwindling restaurant attendance were the catalyst for what locals considered a rapid and unexpected closure. Shortly after celebrating 42 years of business, the Turek family was forced to make the decision which…

Area Sports

Jones makes history with first ever baseball state title

Longhorns stun No. 1 No. 3-ranked Jones claimed a 9-7 win over No. 1 Oktaha to take the Class 3A state title Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The championship was the first for the Longhorns as they capped their first ever OSSAA State Baseball Final appearance with a historic win. Oktaha’s pitching had proven itself…

Yellowjackets claim gold in inaugural tournament

  Choctaw High School is working to build a soccer legacy in eastern Oklahoma County. Last year Eric Jenkins stepped in as interim head coach, and he’s now in his first official year at the helm of Choctaw soccer. With the same “G.O.L.D. Standard” adopted throughout CHS athletics, the Jackets are looking to build a…

In historic season Choctaw wins every team title

Choctaw High School’s Yellowjacket wrestlers finished the season as the state’s undisputed champions Saturday when they rolled through elite competition to capture the nearly impossible Class 6A Trifecta. Saturday’s championship performance secured Choctaw’s place in the record books as the wrestling program won virtually everything. Claiming the Trifecta means the high school team did the…

Jackets roll by Mustang in dual state semi-final

Choctaw opened the Dual State Wrestling Tournament with a quarter final win over Ponca City, 56-10. Meanwhile, Mustang proved they were a serious contender with a 34-29 win over 2017 Dual State Champion Sand Springs. When the two Class 6A powers met in a semi-final dual one was looking for their second dual state title…

Choctaw claims 2018 Dual State Wrestling Championship

Choctaw High School’s wrestling program is back where the Yellowjackets believed they belonged all season, atop Oklahoma’s Class 6A. The No. 2-ranked Jackets rolled through No. 8 Ponca City, No. 4 Mustang and No. 1 Broken Arrow over the weekend to claim the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A Dual State Wrestling Championship. Choctaw…

Choctaw’s ‘Magnificent 7’ ink to play college ball

Choctaw football sets new record on National Signing Day 2018 Choctaw High School athletics continues to set a new standard with big numbers, and Signing Day 2018 was no different. Progress made by the CHS football program was on full display Feb. 7 when seven senior Yellowjackets inked their letters of intent to play at…

Harrah Judo Club celebrates five years

The Harrah Judo Club is celebrating five years of operation. Founded by Tim Davis the cl ub meets in the gymnasium of the First Baptist Church of Harrah, 6:30-8 p.m. Monday and Thursday. “We started December of 2013 with maybe seven students,” said Davis. “Then we started competing about June or July, and have really…

Choctaw roster bulks up in time for Dual State

After a season full of sickness and injury, Choctaw’s No.2-ranked Yellowjackets expect to have a full roster heading into state competition. Choctaw High School hosted Class 3A’s No.3-ranked Comanche wrestlers to a Senior Night 2018 dual last Tuesday. The Jan. 23 matchup started with a strong showing from the visiting Indians, but by the end…

Lady Jackets claim runnerup trophy

By John Martin Staff Writer The defending State Class 6A Champion Choctaw Yellowjackets saw their early season, five-game winning streak come to a halt Saturday night with a 49-33 loss to host Harrah in the finals of the Panther Classic. The Lady Jackets dealt Harrah its only loss of he 2016-17 State Championship season in…

Undefeated Jackets claim Classic title

By John Martin Staff Writer The Choctaw Yellowjackets held off a late charge by El Reo to post a thrilling 56-55 victory in the championship finals of the 49th Annual Harrah Panther Classic Saturday night. The victory was also the Jackets’ sixth straight victory to open the 2017 campaign. The Jackets fought an uphill battle…

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