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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…

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…

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…

Community keeps food pantry trucking

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A new delivery truck has arrived. The Mid-Del Food Pantry recently purchased a new box truck thanks to donations from across eastern Oklahoma County. Volunteers use the truck to pick up weekly donations from businesses and food drives. Mike Anderson, director of the food pantry, said it took about a…

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.…

Terminally ill 6-year-old made honorary police officer

Wesley Rouse is like most 6-year-old boys. He loves motorized vehicles, superheroes, firemen and police. However, something that makes Wesley different is his ongoing battle with cancer following a terminal stage four diagnosis in 2015. Two years ago, the Rouse family’s world changed when Wesley’s abdomen started swelling. “We went on a trip, and when…

Harrah Chamber hosts Legislative Luncheon 2017

The Harrah Chamber of Commerce hosted a legislative lunch last Thursday at Harrah Church, 101 S. Dobbs Rd., which allowed several elected officials the opportunity to speak directly to eastern Oklahoma County constituents. Special guests included Congressman Steve Russell, State Senator Ron Sharp, State Representative Tess Teague, State Rep. Lewis Moore and County Commissioner Brian…

Food pantry raising money for new delivery truck

By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer The Mid-Del Food Pantry, located behind Midwest Boulevard Christian Church, has been wishing and hoping for a new delivery truck. The current truck is nearing the end of its life and does not have air conditioning. It also has a manual transmission, which limits who can drive it. Leon Brown…

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Food pantry raising money for new delivery truck

By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer The Mid-Del Food Pantry, located behind Midwest Boulevard Christian Church, has been wishing and hoping for a new delivery truck. The current truck is nearing the end of its life and does not have air conditioning. It also has a manual transmission, which limits who can drive it. Leon Brown…

Oklahoma celebrates 40 years of Star Wars

Over the past four decades, the Star Wars film series has been an overwhelming success capable of captivating viewers of all ages. Since its May 25,1977 debut fans of the American epic space opera franchise can be found everywhere, and July 21-23 those fans showed up in force for a new festival in Oklahoma City. The inaugural Center…

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…

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…

Area Sports

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…

McCord, Lady Panthers stun Blanchard

Junior Skylar McCord limited a powerful Blanchard lineup to just three hits and the Harrah Lady Panthers fast-pitch softball team celebrated their 2016 home opener with a 5-1 victory over the Lady Lions Tuesday. The new rankings are not out yet, but Blanchard is a tradition-rich contender for state playoff action and one of the…

Back in the swing of things

Defending Class 6A State Champions return to action Choctaw High School Softball had a record season last year as the Lady Yellowjackets rolled through competition to secure the prestigious Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A State Championship. The softball state title was the second in school history as Choctaw finished the year 36-7 overall…

Leathers trains with Team USA

Choctaw wrestler helps Olympian, prepares for Junior World Championships –   Choctaw High School alumna and current Oklahoma City University wrestler Becka Leathers is contributing to Team USA as a training partner for wrestler Haley Augello in the 2016 Olympics. Leathers, from Choctaw, captured the 123-pound national championship as a freshman in the Women’s College…

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…

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