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HealthCARE Express Choctaw scheduled to open in December

Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce members welcomed HealthCARE Express to Choctaw Monday, Aug. 15 with a groundbreaking ceremony. With much success in their Midwest City location, HealthCARE Express is excited to open a second location this December. “We’re looking at a 100 to 120 day build time,” said co-owner Jeremy Lamb at the recent groundbreaking.…

Lawsuit filed over turnpikes

Attorney files challenge of bond-financed projects with Oklahoma Supreme Court A lawsuit was filed Friday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court in an effort stop the expansion of turnpikes. The suit claims the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is violating a constitutional provision that ensures laws address only one subject by issuing $900 million in bonds to be…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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‘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…

Boeing opens new facility near Tinker AFB

OKLAHOMA CITY  – Boeing today opened a new engineering, research and development lab facility near Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City that will design, test and apply modernization technologies for legacy aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III and the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). The 300,000-square-foot structure is the newest addition to…

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