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EOC Partnership to receive $500,000 grant

Regional Master Plan slated for eastern Oklahoma County Choctaw – The U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration is awarding a $500,000 grant to the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership. This EDA investment will serve unmet needs in eastern Oklahoma County to implement comprehensive regional planning services and also support foreign direct investment attraction to…

Local graduation rates among state’s best

Statewide numbers remain steady despite ongoing budgetary challenges The Oklahoma State Department of Education is celebrating recently released numbers showing the state’s high school graduation rates beat the national average despite constant budget struggles, and among the state’s best performing are the districts of eastern Oklahoma County. Oklahoma’s high school graduation rate remained steady at…

Police chief’s departure shrouded in secrecy

After just over six years at the helm of the Choctaw Police Department, Chief Conny Clay is no longer employed by the city. During a discrete Feb. 7 visit from interim city manager Bernie Nauheimer and city attorney Ray Vincent the chief was given an ultimatum calling for his immediate resignation, said Clay. Clay, 62,…

Warren Theaters planning Midwest City theater

Midwest City residents may soon not have to leave town to go the movies. In fact, it could be quite the opposite. Warren Theatres LLC is considering building a 10-screen theater that would anchor a development near SE 15th Street and Sooner Road. The proposed 70,000-square-foot theater would be the first of a new concept…

ODOT hosting public meeting on I-40 widening project

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, to present information on a future project to widen I-40 from Douglas Blvd. near Midwest City to the I-240 junction. The meeting will take place at the Heartland Retreat Center, 4910 S. Anderson Rd. in Oklahoma City. I-40 will…

Dilbeck to end illustrious career

Choctaw coach accepts position with OSSAA After four years as Choctaw High School’s Athletic Director and head football coach, and 30 years of coaching prior to that, Todd Dilbeck has decided to hang up his whistle. While retiring from the coaching game, Dilbeck isn’t done working as he’s now headed to the Oklahoma Secondary Sch…

Choctaw claims first Academic Bowl Team State Championship

Choctaw stuns 6A competition to claim first state title Choctaw’s Academic Bowl Team recently overcame top competition on their way to secure an Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association State Championship. The Yellowjackets defeated Norman, then Jenks (twice) and Booker T. Washington (twice) to claim the prestigious title. Coached by Paula Sendall, the team went undefeated in…

COLLEGE SIGNING DAY

Six Choctaw seniors prepare for next level Choctaw High School hosted a college signing ceremony Wednesday as, an unprecedented, six Yellowjacket football players inked to play at the next level. Kicker Liam Jones signed with the University of Kansas, Daegan Manley inked with Emporia State, Tyrel Bell signed with Northeastern, Chase Harper signed with Southern…

Sheriff Whetsel to retire

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel officially announced his retirement Feb. 1. Effective at 5 p.m. March 1, the longtime Oklahoma County Sheriff will end his career after 20 years holding the office. Whetsel, 67, was re-elected in November in a close vote to a sixth four-year term. “I thank the citizens of Oklahoma County who…

Harrah Chamber of Commerce celebrates 30 years

The Harrah Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a banquet to celebrate over 30 years serving the community of Harrah. Nine former Chamber Presidents were in attendance to be honored. Others were remembered and thanked for their dedicated service. Current President Jeremy Davidson along with Executive Director Brandy McKay hosted the event, and presented trophies to…

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EOC Partnership to receive $500,000 grant

Regional Master Plan slated for eastern Oklahoma County Choctaw – The U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration is awarding a $500,000 grant to the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership. This EDA investment will serve unmet needs in eastern Oklahoma County to implement comprehensive regional planning services and also support foreign direct investment attraction to…

Local graduation rates among state’s best

Statewide numbers remain steady despite ongoing budgetary challenges The Oklahoma State Department of Education is celebrating recently released numbers showing the state’s high school graduation rates beat the national average despite constant budget struggles, and among the state’s best performing are the districts of eastern Oklahoma County. Oklahoma’s high school graduation rate remained steady at…

Police chief’s departure shrouded in secrecy

After just over six years at the helm of the Choctaw Police Department, Chief Conny Clay is no longer employed by the city. During a discrete Feb. 7 visit from interim city manager Bernie Nauheimer and city attorney Ray Vincent the chief was given an ultimatum calling for his immediate resignation, said Clay. Clay, 62,…

Warren Theaters planning Midwest City theater

Midwest City residents may soon not have to leave town to go the movies. In fact, it could be quite the opposite. Warren Theatres LLC is considering building a 10-screen theater that would anchor a development near SE 15th Street and Sooner Road. The proposed 70,000-square-foot theater would be the first of a new concept…

ODOT hosting public meeting on I-40 widening project

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, to present information on a future project to widen I-40 from Douglas Blvd. near Midwest City to the I-240 junction. The meeting will take place at the Heartland Retreat Center, 4910 S. Anderson Rd. in Oklahoma City. I-40 will…

Choctaw claims first Academic Bowl Team State Championship

Choctaw stuns 6A competition to claim first state title Choctaw’s Academic Bowl Team recently overcame top competition on their way to secure an Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association State Championship. The Yellowjackets defeated Norman, then Jenks (twice) and Booker T. Washington (twice) to claim the prestigious title. Coached by Paula Sendall, the team went undefeated in…

Sheriff Whetsel to retire

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel officially announced his retirement Feb. 1. Effective at 5 p.m. March 1, the longtime Oklahoma County Sheriff will end his career after 20 years holding the office. Whetsel, 67, was re-elected in November in a close vote to a sixth four-year term. “I thank the citizens of Oklahoma County who…

Harrah Chamber of Commerce celebrates 30 years

The Harrah Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a banquet to celebrate over 30 years serving the community of Harrah. Nine former Chamber Presidents were in attendance to be honored. Others were remembered and thanked for their dedicated service. Current President Jeremy Davidson along with Executive Director Brandy McKay hosted the event, and presented trophies to…

Reward offered in search for triple murder suspect

The Midwest City Police Department and some local bankers are offering several thousands of dollars in reward money for the successful apprehension of Romon Pugh.  Pugh is wanted in connection with last Saturday’s triple homicide at 524 E. Babb Drive and has an outstanding arrest warrant out of Oklahoma County for three counts of First…

Community honors heroes with Veterans Day events

Eastern Oklahoma County has long been a bedroom community to Tinker Air Force Base, and as such this area has a strong connection to the United States Armed Forces. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in…

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Dilbeck to end illustrious career

Choctaw coach accepts position with OSSAA After four years as Choctaw High School’s Athletic Director and head football coach, and 30 years of coaching prior to that, Todd Dilbeck has decided to hang up his whistle. While retiring from the coaching game, Dilbeck isn’t done working as he’s now headed to the Oklahoma Secondary Sch…

COLLEGE SIGNING DAY

Six Choctaw seniors prepare for next level Choctaw High School hosted a college signing ceremony Wednesday as, an unprecedented, six Yellowjacket football players inked to play at the next level. Kicker Liam Jones signed with the University of Kansas, Daegan Manley inked with Emporia State, Tyrel Bell signed with Northeastern, Chase Harper signed with Southern…

OSU rings in new year with dominant bowl display

Oklahoma State University finished 2016 off with a bang when the Cowboys finished the year with a 38-8 thrashing of Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl.   Now moving into 2017, Cowboy fans have high expectations. OSU should be a Big 12 favorite going into 2017 after finishing just behind OU in 2016, and then…

Llanusa signs with OU

After committing as a 13-year-old freshman, Choctaw’s Ana Llanusa is now a 17-year-old senior and Nov. 9 she officially signed her letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Oklahoma. Llanusa got plenty of attention after beginning her high school career as Choctaw’s freshman phenom, and managed to secure a scholarhsip offer from…

Choctaw stings Antlers, 54-7

Back-to-back dominating wins fuel Jacket run for playoff berth Choctaw High School’s Yellowjackets secured th eir bACiggest win of the year Friday when they rolled Deer Creek, 54-7. Less than a minute into the game JD Kolb ran 44 yards to put Choctaw in the lead. One minute later Choctaw would let Deer Creek answer…

New look for Harrah

By John Martin Staff Writer Many accolades have been heaped on the 2015 edition of the Harrah Panthers football team. They made the OSSAA State 4A playoffs three of the past four years. They were the first Harrah team in more than 25 years to win a District Championship. They were the first Harrah team…

Choctaw hopes to convert large roster to high scores

Choctaw hopes to convert record roster to high scores After producing never before seen numbers in recent years, Choctaw’s offense is once again stacked. With over 100 players out in grades 10 through 12, and nearly 50 more on the freshman roster Choctaw High School will boast the largest roster in school history. Choctaw coaches…

Choctaw wins Carl Albert Tournament

Choctaw High School’s varsity volleyball squad won the Carl Albert Titan Invitational Tournament over the weekend. The Lady Yellowjackets redeemed their only loss of the tourney, and secured gold after beating Shawnee in five games (25-20, 23-25, 24-26, 25-20 and 13-15). MVP Choctaw’s Maddi Miller and Meghan Mickle were named to the All-Tournament Team. Miller…

McCord, Lady Panthers stun Blanchard

Junior Skylar McCord limited a powerful Blanchard lineup to just three hits and the Harrah Lady Panthers fast-pitch softball team celebrated their 2016 home opener with a 5-1 victory over the Lady Lions Tuesday. The new rankings are not out yet, but Blanchard is a tradition-rich contender for state playoff action and one of the…

Back in the swing of things

Defending Class 6A State Champions return to action Choctaw High School Softball had a record season last year as the Lady Yellowjackets rolled through competition to secure the prestigious Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A State Championship. The softball state title was the second in school history as Choctaw finished the year 36-7 overall…

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