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Osborn Right for Labor Commission After Taking Stand

State Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang, announced late last week that she is in the process of putting together an exploratory committee to consider running for Oklahoma Labor Commissioner. As Labor Commissioner, Osborn’s focus will be on retaining the state’s educators since the measure will strengthen the state’s case for attracting other industries. “At this time, Oklahoma…

Animal welfare contracts get second look

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor For years, Midwest City has provided animal care services for much of eastern Oklahoma County. But those days could be coming to an end. Midwest City leaders are reconsidering animal care services offered to other municipalities as well as plans for a new animal shelter. City council members discussed the…

Choctaw’s Walmart Supercenter offers new grocery pickup service

As of 8 a.m. Thursday, July 27 local shoppers will no longer have to step foot inside Walmart. Choctaw’s Supercenter is the latest store in the region to implement a state-of-the-art pickup process, which gives shoppers the ability to shop online from home and then have groceries and other merchandise loaded directly into their vehicle.…

State lawmaker looking for ways to increase funding for aerospace jobs program

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The aerospace industry has grown in Oklahoma over the past decade with help from a unique state program. The Center for Aerospace and Defense Supplier Quality (CADSQ) helps Oklahoma companies win contracts with the Department of Defense and commercial aviation enterprises. The program guides businesses through the intricate, and often…

EOC Partnership to receive $500,000 grant

Regional Master Plan slated for eastern Oklahoma County Choctaw – The U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration is awarding a $500,000 grant to the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership. This EDA investment will serve unmet needs in eastern Oklahoma County to implement comprehensive regional planning services and also support foreign direct investment attraction to…

Local graduation rates among state’s best

Statewide numbers remain steady despite ongoing budgetary challenges The Oklahoma State Department of Education is celebrating recently released numbers showing the state’s high school graduation rates beat the national average despite constant budget struggles, and among the state’s best performing are the districts of eastern Oklahoma County. Oklahoma’s high school graduation rate remained steady at…

Warren Theaters planning Midwest City theater

Midwest City residents may soon not have to leave town to go the movies. In fact, it could be quite the opposite. Warren Theatres LLC is considering building a 10-screen theater that would anchor a development near SE 15th Street and Sooner Road. The proposed 70,000-square-foot theater would be the first of a new concept…

ODOT hosting public meeting on I-40 widening project

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, to present information on a future project to widen I-40 from Douglas Blvd. near Midwest City to the I-240 junction. The meeting will take place at the Heartland Retreat Center, 4910 S. Anderson Rd. in Oklahoma City. I-40 will…

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…

Choctaw claims first Academic Bowl Team State Championship

Choctaw stuns 6A competition to claim first state title Choctaw’s Academic Bowl Team recently overcame top competition on their way to secure an Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association State Championship. The Yellowjackets defeated Norman, then Jenks (twice) and Booker T. Washington (twice) to claim the prestigious title. Coached by Paula Sendall, the team went undefeated in…

Area News

EOC Partnership to receive $500,000 grant

Regional Master Plan slated for eastern Oklahoma County Choctaw – The U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration is awarding a $500,000 grant to the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership. This EDA investment will serve unmet needs in eastern Oklahoma County to implement comprehensive regional planning services and also support foreign direct investment attraction to…

Local graduation rates among state’s best

Statewide numbers remain steady despite ongoing budgetary challenges The Oklahoma State Department of Education is celebrating recently released numbers showing the state’s high school graduation rates beat the national average despite constant budget struggles, and among the state’s best performing are the districts of eastern Oklahoma County. Oklahoma’s high school graduation rate remained steady at…

Police chief’s departure shrouded in secrecy

After just over six years at the helm of the Choctaw Police Department, Chief Conny Clay is no longer employed by the city. During a discrete Feb. 7 visit from interim city manager Bernie Nauheimer and city attorney Ray Vincent the chief was given an ultimatum calling for his immediate resignation, said Clay. Clay, 62,…

Warren Theaters planning Midwest City theater

Midwest City residents may soon not have to leave town to go the movies. In fact, it could be quite the opposite. Warren Theatres LLC is considering building a 10-screen theater that would anchor a development near SE 15th Street and Sooner Road. The proposed 70,000-square-foot theater would be the first of a new concept…

ODOT hosting public meeting on I-40 widening project

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, to present information on a future project to widen I-40 from Douglas Blvd. near Midwest City to the I-240 junction. The meeting will take place at the Heartland Retreat Center, 4910 S. Anderson Rd. in Oklahoma City. I-40 will…

Choctaw claims first Academic Bowl Team State Championship

Choctaw stuns 6A competition to claim first state title Choctaw’s Academic Bowl Team recently overcame top competition on their way to secure an Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association State Championship. The Yellowjackets defeated Norman, then Jenks (twice) and Booker T. Washington (twice) to claim the prestigious title. Coached by Paula Sendall, the team went undefeated in…

Sheriff Whetsel to retire

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel officially announced his retirement Feb. 1. Effective at 5 p.m. March 1, the longtime Oklahoma County Sheriff will end his career after 20 years holding the office. Whetsel, 67, was re-elected in November in a close vote to a sixth four-year term. “I thank the citizens of Oklahoma County who…

Harrah Chamber of Commerce celebrates 30 years

The Harrah Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a banquet to celebrate over 30 years serving the community of Harrah. Nine former Chamber Presidents were in attendance to be honored. Others were remembered and thanked for their dedicated service. Current President Jeremy Davidson along with Executive Director Brandy McKay hosted the event, and presented trophies to…

Reward offered in search for triple murder suspect

The Midwest City Police Department and some local bankers are offering several thousands of dollars in reward money for the successful apprehension of Romon Pugh.  Pugh is wanted in connection with last Saturday’s triple homicide at 524 E. Babb Drive and has an outstanding arrest warrant out of Oklahoma County for three counts of First…

Community honors heroes with Veterans Day events

Eastern Oklahoma County has long been a bedroom community to Tinker Air Force Base, and as such this area has a strong connection to the United States Armed Forces. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in…

Area Sports

Coaches honored at convention

The tributes for athletic excellence continue to roll in for the athletic department at Choctaw High School. In his continued quest for excellence for the district, Athletic Director Todd Dilbeck has stressed finding the very best person possible to be in charge of the athletic programs at Choctaw High School. “Our young people as well…

Blue & Gold Extravaganza set for Aug. 13

Choctaw’s Touchdown Club is set to host fourth annual Blue & Gold Extravaganza August 13 4-8 p.m. Every year the day begins with a community cleanup, followed by a carnival at Choctaw High School and ends with a preview of this year’s Yellowjacket Football Team. The free carnival event will be at the High School…

Summer’s end sport briefs

Free Golf Clinic scheduled A free golf clinic has been scheduled for July 30 at Choctaw Creek Golf Course. PGA Golf Professional Jim Woodward will be on site to give free pointers beginning at 8:30 a.m. After qualifying for the PGA in 1990, Woodward still competes in Champions Tour tournaments. The PGA of America, established…

Leathers leads USA to silver

Choctaw’s Becka Leathers and two other United States women recently won medals at the Grand Prix of Spain helping lead the USA to a second place team finish.   Claiming the top U.S. Finish with a silver medal at 121 pounds was 2015 Junior World bronze medalist and Choctaw High School alumna Becka Leathers. Leathers…

Manek, Harrell spark Elite Oklahoma All-Star squad to title

By John Martin Staff Writer DUNCANVILLE, TX — The inside-outside combo of Harrah senior Brady Manek and Carl Albert’s junior point guard Mason Harrell combined talents to lead the Team Blake Griffin Under-17 Elite Oklahoma All-Star team to a 74-57 triumph over the Colorado Springs (CO) Miners Sunday in the championship game of the Great…

Changes coming for EOC football

By John Martin Staff Writer Now that the typical Oklahoma summer is sending temperatures soaring into the high 90’s, surely it’s time to start thinking about football. In barely three weeks, Oklahoma high school and junior high football teams are allowed to take to the practice field and conditioning areas for what is called “limited”…

District of Champions

  CHS celebrates 2015-16 accolades, looks toward 2016-17 By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School secured an unprecedented nine team State Championships during the 2015-16 school year. Proving to produce champions in and out of the classroom, Choctaw finished the year with five state team titles and four academic state team titles. The Yellowjackets…

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