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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…

Highway is happening

  By Ryan Horton Managing Editor When Tim Hight was brought on as executive director of the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership five years ago, his number one mission became bringing a high-speed transportation corridor through the area to benefit the future growth of local communities. His dedication paid off last week when the “Driving Forward:…

Lawmaker calls for moratorium on builidng more turnpikes

  State Rep. Lewis Moore Thursday called for a moratorium on new turnpikes in Oklahoma until an agreement can be made to dedicate the current collection of fees and taxes on fuel, drivers’ licenses and vehicles to roads, highways and bridges. “We collect enough money to meet our transportation needs without having to resort to…

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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…

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…

Regents approve tuition increase

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Students at Rose State College can expect to pay more for classes next fall. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved a 12.9 percent increase for tuition and mandatory fees at Rose State College last week. The school’s tuition will increase by 10 percent or $9.15 per credit hour.…

‘Reel Dead’ Prepares to Film

  By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Adam Bass has used film to help students learn many academic and life lessons throughout the years, and now this Choctaw High School teacher hopes to lead by example and inspire others to follow their dreams. Bass has produced and filmed a variety of short productions during his 18…

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