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Local men arrested for assault in Shawnee

Shawnee police are investigating the assault of 36-year-old Jarric DeShawn Carolina and 36-year-old Monty Whittet, who were allegedly attacked by two local men in the parking lot outside of BrickHouse Saloon in Shawnee around 2 a.m. Saturday. Choctaw and Harrah men were arrested for their alleged role in what could be a racially motivated assault…

Hight resigns from EOCP

Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership seeks new executive director   Hosted by Youth Scoreboards, LLC and keynote speaker Barry Switzer, members and guests of the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership filled the Skirvin Hotel conference room for the organization’s annual gala, June 20. Before listening to the legendary University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach speak, the…

Choctaw’s George sets state scoring record

Leading the way Choctaw High School’s Lady Yellowjackets defeated Putnam City North Friday, 7-0. The shutout on Bill Jensen Field bumped Choctaw to 10-2 on the season, and for one Yellowjacket the game meant a lot more. Rebekah George broke the Class 6A girls soccer scoring record as she sent four into the net on…

Developer breaks ground on hotel

Construction of Choctaw’s Best Western Plus is underway Choctaw city officials gathered Tuesday, March 19 before the regular City Council meeting to celebrate the groundbreaking for a hotel. The first shovels of dirt were turned marking the beginning of construction for a Best Western Plus. The hotel is to built directly northeast of Walmart in…

Choctaw’s first female mayor dies

Former mayor Ruth Luke died Sunday, March 10 at the age of 69. Luke was elected as Choctaw’s mayor in 1991. She made history serving two terms as the first woman mayor of Oklahoma’s oldest chartered town. She also spent time as a PTO President, chairwoman of the City of Choctaw Founders Celebration Day Committee,…

Choctaw lands Starbucks

Coffee company to build in Markets at Choctaw development City officials have confirmed Starbucks will be the next addition to the Markets at Choctaw development. “We have signed a letter of intent with Starbucks to build at the corner of Market and NE 23rd Street. They will have a building finished with people buying coffee…

Developing Choctaw’s Downtown District

Design process begins for proposed Main Street building City officials have taken action to officially begin the planning process for a proposed building on Main Street. During the March 5 regular City Council meeting Choctaw officials approved a proposal for consulting and design services with Bockus Payne Architecture. The agreement authorized the firm to begin…

Rotary Club of EOC hosts annual fundraiser

A total of 114 connoisseurs of fine dining and wines recently descended on Choctaw to enjoy a romantic dinner and raise funds for a worthy cause. The Rotary Club of East Oklahoma County recently hosted their largest fundraiser of the year, a Valentine Wine Dinner, at Old Germany Restaurant. Each year Old Germany staff and…

Hotel to build in Harrah

The City of Harrah officially confirmed Thursday that a hotel will be constructed in Harrah and should be fully operational within 18-24 months. “There is a hotel coming to Harrah, and we’re pretty excited about it. It’s a Comfort Inn and Suites. It’s going in at Reno and Harrah Road,” said city manager Clayton Lucas.…

County denies special use permit

Proposed temporary asphalt plant and construction staging area rejected   The Board of County Commissioners ruled Monday that a proposed temporary asphalt plant and construction staging area should not be built near Wilshire Boulevard and Peebly Road. The Board of County Commissioners met March 4 to determine if a temporary asphalt plant and construction staging…

Area News

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…

Get your kicks at Peaceful Warriors – Local martial arts academy teaches more than self-defense

Peaceful Warriors, located at 3597 Northwest 32nd Street in Newcastle, trains the principles of many martial arts, such as tae kwon do, judo, copiera, yoga, parkour, and much more. With belt systems and leveled progression, the academy’s instructors see to it that all of those training are getting the most they can out of it. Cory…

Local men arrested for assault in Shawnee

Shawnee police are investigating the assault of 36-year-old Jarric DeShawn Carolina and 36-year-old Monty Whittet, who were allegedly attacked by two local men in the parking lot outside of BrickHouse Saloon in Shawnee around 2 a.m. Saturday. Choctaw and Harrah men were arrested for their alleged role in what could be a racially motivated assault…

Hight resigns from EOCP

Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership seeks new executive director   Hosted by Youth Scoreboards, LLC and keynote speaker Barry Switzer, members and guests of the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership filled the Skirvin Hotel conference room for the organization’s annual gala, June 20. Before listening to the legendary University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach speak, the…

Tinker Federal Credit Union to build in Choctaw

TFCU is collaborating with the City of Choctaw on its newest branch location, which will feature an innovative design. The new design will include a community room that will be available for public use both during business hours and for after-hours meetings, a coffee shop with a drive-thru, and technology and in-person services tailored to…

Councilman Williams takes oath of office

Choctaw City Councilmembers begin terms following election Before the April 16 regular Choctaw City Council meeting Chad Williams was sworn in as Ward 1 City Councilman. Williams replaced Ron Bradshaw, who served on the council for 17 years, following an April 2 election. Williams defeated the longtime incumbent by a count of 95 votes to…

‘Evil Dead the Musical’

The STATE Theatre brings unique comedic musical to Harrah Theatre goers are in for a show unlike anything they’ve seen before as Evil Dead the Musical takes the stage of Harrah’s historic STATE Theatre. Evil Dead The Musical is a theatrical experience which combines the plots of Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead 2 (1987) with…

Realtor staying ahead of the curve

Gallardo-Owens uses online marketing along with old fashion hard work to serve clients By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Local realtor Ruthie Gallardo-Owens understands technology. She understands hard work. And she knows how powerful the two can be together in real estate. “What I love about real estate is that it’s something I can pour myself…

Developer breaks ground on hotel

Construction of Choctaw’s Best Western Plus is underway Choctaw city officials gathered Tuesday, March 19 before the regular City Council meeting to celebrate the groundbreaking for a hotel. The first shovels of dirt were turned marking the beginning of construction for a Best Western Plus. The hotel is to built directly northeast of Walmart in…

Choctaw election scheduled for April 2

Four of Choctaw’s seven City Council seats are up for election April 2. Voters will choose between several longtime city leaders and several newcomers to local politics. Incumbents include Mayor Randy Ross, Ward 1 City Councilman Ron Bradshaw, Ward 3 Councilwoman Jeannie Abts and Ward 6 Councilman Dale Gill. Challengers include Zachary Vargas running for…

Area Sports

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…

Freshman kicker performs for University of Kansas

Choctaw’s Liam Jones is performing is a expected at the Division I level. While the University of Kansas Jayhawks are struggling at 1-6, the former Yellowjacket with the golden leg is doing his part. The kickoff specialist has kicked off 29 times for a total of 1,730 yards and 12 touch backs as of the…

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