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State House District 101 candidates head to runoff

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A crowded primary race in House District 101 is a little more spacious after Tuesday night. But it’s still not over. Rep. Tess Teague and Robert Manger will meet in the Republican runoff primary, while Madeline Scott and John Carpenter advanced on the Democratic side. A total of 10,132 votes…

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,…

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Choctaw drops Putnam North, 42-14

Jackets open season with 3-0 run Choctaw came out strong when Zane Coleman recovered a high onside opening kickoff to take away what should have been Putnam City North’s opening drive. After Putnam North had elected to receive it was instead Choctaw’s offense opening the game just 22 yards out. After driving down to the 6-yard…

Choctaw stuns Sand Springs, 21-20

Jackets down power in the east two years straight Choctaw traveled to Sand Springs Friday night looking to extend their record to 2-0 and prove they’re among the Class 6A-II elite, and that’s exactly what they did when they dropped the Sandites for the second straight year. “There’s no better feeling, especially doing it at…

Jackets sting Sapulpa, 27-21

Choctaw comes from behind to outlast Chieftains Choctaw High School opened the season Friday night with a road win over Sapulpa, 27-21. The Yellowjackets showed they can overcome adversity as they battled back from trailing Sapulpa 7-6 going into halftime. “We talk all the time about overcoming adversity, and how adversity is an opportunity. We…

Winter is coming

No offseason for defending Class 6A State Champions Fall sports may just be getting underway, but in Choctaw many are excited to see what winter will bring. Choctaw High School‘s defending Class 6A State Champion girls basketball squad recently concluded a successful summer campaign rolling to a record of 20-5 through summer leagues. The handful…

New Evans Field opened with rivalry loss to McLoud

By John Martin Staff Writer The Harrah Panthers could never get untracked after halftime and lost their first game in the NEW Evans Field Stadium, 27-16, to the McLoud Redskins Friday night. With a superb effort on both sides of the ball in the second quarter, the Panthers stopped McLoud cold after Brock Drew drilled…

Choctaw’s Leathers is first female wrestling world medalist from Oklahoma

Making History Choctaw’s Becka Leathers delivered a bronze-winning performance last week at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France. After a successful career at Choctaw, Leathers went on to compete at Oklahoma City University, where she won a national title as a freshman. Leathers then left school to train and live at the U.S.…

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…

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