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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…

Choctaw Area Chamber hires Director of Operations

The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a second full-time employee. Chamber President/CEO Tracy Qualls, IOM says the board of directors understood the need of a new full-time position to better serve the business communities of the Choctaw, Nicoma Park and Jones region of eastern Oklahoma County. Thanks to increased revenue from recent chamber…

Markets at Choctaw progress continues

While most of the current work on the Markets at Choctaw development is still happening behind the scenes, progress is becoming clear as a new fast food restaurant structure is nearly complete and work on another commercial building recently began. Construction of the Taco Bell building is on schedule to be complete mid-August, and walls…

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…

Search underway for $7 million embezzlement suspect

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Authorities are searching for a Choctaw man after he failed to appear for his plea hearing for charges of embezzling over $7 million. A federal judge ordered the arrest of Rodney Alan Hager after he failed to appear for his plea hearing last Wednesday. Hager, 38, was charged in June…

Local Wendy’s affected by cyber attacks

  Choctaw location is only compromised site in Oklahoma By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Fast-food chain Wendy’s announced last Thursday that customers’ personal information was compromised in a series of cyber attacks that started last year. Wendy’s has been investigating “unusual payment-card activity” since early this year, and they announced that cardholder names, credit and…

That’s a Wrap!

  By Ryan Horton Managing Editor The filming of a full-length horror film came to a close in Choctaw earlier this week. Under the direction of Adam Bass, cast and crew wrapped up filming of “Reel Dead” in just nine days, which is considered exceptionally fast for a full-length film. “The cast and crew did…

Chamber Executive of the Year

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw’s Tracy Mosley has earned the prestigious Chamber Executive of the Year Award.The Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives is the state’s professional organization for chamber of commerce executives. Each year the OCCE Annual Conference celebrates outstanding achievements in the chamber profession, and also recognizes new committee and board members. In…

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Choctaw hosts 51st annual rodeo

Cowboys and cowgirls from around the nation gathered in Choctaw over the weekend as the Choctaw Round Up Club hosted the 51st annual Choctaw Open Rodeo and inaugural Choctaw Rodeo Parade. Choctaw Round Up Club in conjunction with Rusty Morland’s Rocking R Rodeo Co., hosted an IPRA Rodeo for competitors from across the USA. With…

‘Right to Farm’ advocates seek support

Voters will have a big decision this November as the state considers an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that would limit the ability of lawmakers to regulate farming practices. According to the text of State Question 777, if passed the right to make use of agricultural technology, the right to make use of livestock procedures…

Oklahoma in list of of top 10 states with the worst drivers

By Jon Watje Staff Writer There are bad drivers everywhere. But there are more in some states than others. SmartAsset.com, a financial tech firm that offers interactive tools for home buying, insurance and investment, completed a survey of the states with the worst drivers, and the Sooner State was near the top of the list…

Meaningful marches meet in Choctaw

Members of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation recently passed through eastern Oklahoma County as the first ever Mvskoke March came to a close. Mvskoke March 2016 was a youth-led initiative focused on bringing awareness to teen dating violence. Participants successfully caught the attention of spectators across the state as they marched from their tribal capitol in…

Tinker prepares for KC-46 tanker

Tall grass sprouts from a patch of crushed gravel on the south end of Tinker Air Force Base. For years, freight cars rumbled across the land, bringing materials to and from the nearby General Motors plant. The rail yard is gone and so are the auto manufacturing jobs. The U.S. Air Force breathed life into…

Choctaw Area Chamber hires Director of Operations

The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a second full-time employee. Chamber President/CEO Tracy Qualls, IOM says the board of directors understood the need of a new full-time position to better serve the business communities of the Choctaw, Nicoma Park and Jones region of eastern Oklahoma County. Thanks to increased revenue from recent chamber…

Markets at Choctaw progress continues

While most of the current work on the Markets at Choctaw development is still happening behind the scenes, progress is becoming clear as a new fast food restaurant structure is nearly complete and work on another commercial building recently began. Construction of the Taco Bell building is on schedule to be complete mid-August, and walls…

Footgolf gaining a following in Midwest City

By William Washington Intern Reporter Hidden Creek Family Golf Course offers a fairly new sport to the public called footgolf for the second year. The objective of footgolf is for the player to kick a soccer ball in hole with the least amount of kicks or shots possible. On April 9, 2015 the Hidden Creek…

Law enforcement talks church security

As a son of a preacher, Sheriff John Whetsel spent much of his childhood at church. The house of worship was a safe place, as long as he didn’t get in trouble with his parents. “About the only weapon I ever saw in church was a belt, and that was far too often,” he said.…

Search underway for $7 million embezzlement suspect

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Authorities are searching for a Choctaw man after he failed to appear for his plea hearing for charges of embezzling over $7 million. A federal judge ordered the arrest of Rodney Alan Hager after he failed to appear for his plea hearing last Wednesday. Hager, 38, was charged in June…

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