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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…

A family tradition continues

Funeral home hosts open house   By John Martin Staff Writer A ribbon cutting by the Harrah Chamber of Commerce and a large crowd of Choctaw and Harrah residents enjoyed Tuesday’s Open House at the newly-renovated Asa Smith Funeral Service in Harrah. When Jim Parks passed away in 2015, his family decided to sell the…

Choctaw Area Chamber celebrates 40 years

The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated 40 years of service to business community of eastern Oklahoma County with a banquet at the Grand Resort and Casino Thursday, Nov. 9. Jeff Hogan, of Physical Therapy Central-Choctaw, passed the role of chairperson to Sara Botchlet with Choctaw Women’s Clinic. Additionally, a new board of directors for…

Choctaw man named commissioner of public safety

Governor Mary Fallin has named Oklahoma Highway Patrol Maj. Billy D. “Rusty” Rhoades III, of Choctaw, to serve as Oklahoma’s commissioner of public safety. The announcement came Friday, Nov. 11, and his appointment takes effect Tuesday, Nov. 14. Rhoades is a 28-year veteran of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and is currently serving as zone commander…

Journey to Honor makes television debut on Veterans Day

Journey to Honor, a salute to America’s World War II heroes, brings to life this Will Rogers quote. The short film captures the heart of a movement that focused a spotlight on members of the Greatest Generation and honored them for their service and sacrifice. Journey to Honor will air on Cox Communications’ Yurview channel…

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…

Warren Theatres breaks ground in Midwest City

Ten screen movie theater expected to open in fall 2018 By Tonya Little Contributing Writer City leaders and community members came together this morning to celebrate ground breaking for the new Warren Theater that is to be located on the corner of SE 15th Street and Sooner Road. The dreary day and muddy ground didn’t…

Wizard World Comic Con coming to OKC

Colorful characters from around the state are set to converge on downtown Oklahoma City this October as the metro hosts its first Wizard World Comic Convention. Costumed heroes, comic books, celebrity guests and much more can be expected at Oklahoma City’s inaugural Wizard World event, which is slated for Oct. 27-29 at the Cox Convention Center.…

Major roadwork ahead for I-40

Choctaw Road interchange, widening project could be state’s largest ever By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Road crews, orange barrels and lane closures will be a fixture along I-40 in eastern Oklahoma County as ODOT prepares nearly $300 million projects that will reshape the corridor. ODOT’s eight-year transportation construction plan includes replacing bridges in Del City,…

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…

Area News

A family tradition continues

Funeral home hosts open house   By John Martin Staff Writer A ribbon cutting by the Harrah Chamber of Commerce and a large crowd of Choctaw and Harrah residents enjoyed Tuesday’s Open House at the newly-renovated Asa Smith Funeral Service in Harrah. When Jim Parks passed away in 2015, his family decided to sell the…

Help for the struggling

Progress made toward constructing Eastern Oklahoma Resource Center The Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center is preparing for their fifth annual Eastern Oklahoma County Christmas Party set for Dec. 16. “Each year we get a list of the most needing families from school counselors, and send out invitations to the event,” explained Carol Modisette. Approximately 170…

Choctaw Area Chamber celebrates 40 years

The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated 40 years of service to business community of eastern Oklahoma County with a banquet at the Grand Resort and Casino Thursday, Nov. 9. Jeff Hogan, of Physical Therapy Central-Choctaw, passed the role of chairperson to Sara Botchlet with Choctaw Women’s Clinic. Additionally, a new board of directors for…

Choctaw man named commissioner of public safety

Governor Mary Fallin has named Oklahoma Highway Patrol Maj. Billy D. “Rusty” Rhoades III, of Choctaw, to serve as Oklahoma’s commissioner of public safety. The announcement came Friday, Nov. 11, and his appointment takes effect Tuesday, Nov. 14. Rhoades is a 28-year veteran of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and is currently serving as zone commander…

ODOT taps brakes on road projects

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor One major road project in eastern Oklahoma County is expected to begin early next year. Another will have to wait. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission on Monday morning awarded a $71.3 million contract to rebuild the Choctaw Road interchange and widen I-40 to six lanes between I-240 and Peebly Road. Work…

Wizard World Comic Con coming to OKC

Colorful characters from around the state are set to converge on downtown Oklahoma City this October as the metro hosts its first Wizard World Comic Convention. Costumed heroes, comic books, celebrity guests and much more can be expected at Oklahoma City’s inaugural Wizard World event, which is slated for Oct. 27-29 at the Cox Convention Center.…

Major roadwork ahead for I-40

Choctaw Road interchange, widening project could be state’s largest ever By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Road crews, orange barrels and lane closures will be a fixture along I-40 in eastern Oklahoma County as ODOT prepares nearly $300 million projects that will reshape the corridor. ODOT’s eight-year transportation construction plan includes replacing bridges in Del City,…

Learning Resources Center the final piece of $22 million bond package

By Traci Chapman Staff Writer It was the culmination of four years of dedication, work, hopes and dreams, as Rose State College celebrated the completion of the final project of a $22 million 2013 bond package. “You have changed the face of Rose State for thousands of students,” President Dr. Jeanie Webb told those attending…

Choctaw Oktoberfest 2017 comes to an end

At the stroke of midnight, Choctaw’s 27th annual Oktoberfest came to a close late Saturday following nine straight days of festivities. After growing to a massive size, with nearly 50,000 visitors, over the last 27 years the festival has now become consistent in providing nine days of authentic German music, food, beer and more. “We…

Groundbreaking hosted for Nicoma Park development

Over the last year Nicoma Park has seen plenty of dirt move as landowners prepare the community for economic growth. Lots have been cleared and plans are being made to extend water and sewer lines down the city’s entire stretch of NE 23rd Street. The small city is now more prepared than ever to attract…

Area Sports

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…

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…

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