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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…

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…

Area Sports

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…

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…

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