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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 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…

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…

County FOP at odds with commissioner

Maughan votes against school resource officer for Nicoma Park Over the last two months, Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor has submitted two memorandums of understanding for school resource officers for approval by the Board of County Commissioners. While both measures passed, one of the three county commissioners has voted a stern “no” on each. The…

‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’

CHS brings conversation of suicide awareness to light Last week, Choctaw High School celebrated “Light Week” in an effort to show students that “it’s okay to not be okay.” The goal of the week was to bring the conversation of suicide awareness into the light and promote positivity throughout the CHS campus. September is National…

Choctaw-Nicoma Park Museum established

A group of alumni have been working for several years to establish a museum dedicated to preserving the history of the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District. After working behind the scenes since 2015, the group is now ready to put some historic artifacts on display. “Since becoming superintendent I’ve felt that the district just hadn’t captured…

Area Sports

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…

Ross inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Choctaw Mayor Randy Ross was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame at the annual banquet in the Jim Thorpe Museum in Oklahoma City. At the ceremony Ross was honored with the Outstanding American Award. The Outstanding American honor is given to former wrestlers who are highly successful and…

Bombers down Choctaw, 27-3

After jumping to an early lead Friday, Choctaw High School struggled as visiting Midwest City came back strong to claim a 27-3 win at Bill Jensen Field. Some offensive misfires combined with an aggressive MWC defense prevented a Choctaw team that was averaging over 27 points a game from getting much done. The Bomber defense…

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