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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…

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…

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Ripley, Kuester crowned EOC Royalty

The 38th annual Miss Eastern Oklahoma County Pageant was recently hosted in the Performing Arts Center of Choctaw High School. During the Aug. 26 event 2017 winners Jancy Jeffus and Malayna Stober passed their crowns to the 2018 title holders who will go on to compete at the state level next summer. Micah Ripley was…

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…

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…

EOCP seeks public input

Online surveys now available for residents of Choctaw, Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park In coordination with the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership 2017 Gala, online surveys went live Friday night. The annual event celebrating accomplishments of the partnership was hosted August 11 at River Oaks Country Club, and the big news of the evening was…

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…

Area Sports

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…

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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