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Choctaw claims first Academic Bowl Team State Championship

Choctaw stuns 6A competition to claim first state title Choctaw’s Academic Bowl Team recently overcame top competition on their way to secure an Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association State Championship. The Yellowjackets defeated Norman, then Jenks (twice) and Booker T. Washington (twice) to claim the prestigious title. Coached by Paula Sendall, the team went undefeated in…

Sheriff Whetsel to retire

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel officially announced his retirement Feb. 1. Effective at 5 p.m. March 1, the longtime Oklahoma County Sheriff will end his career after 20 years holding the office. Whetsel, 67, was re-elected in November in a close vote to a sixth four-year term. “I thank the citizens of Oklahoma County who…

Harrah Chamber of Commerce celebrates 30 years

The Harrah Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a banquet to celebrate over 30 years serving the community of Harrah. Nine former Chamber Presidents were in attendance to be honored. Others were remembered and thanked for their dedicated service. Current President Jeremy Davidson along with Executive Director Brandy McKay hosted the event, and presented trophies to…

Reward offered in search for triple murder suspect

The Midwest City Police Department and some local bankers are offering several thousands of dollars in reward money for the successful apprehension of Romon Pugh.  Pugh is wanted in connection with last Saturday’s triple homicide at 524 E. Babb Drive and has an outstanding arrest warrant out of Oklahoma County for three counts of First…

Community honors heroes with Veterans Day events

Eastern Oklahoma County has long been a bedroom community to Tinker Air Force Base, and as such this area has a strong connection to the United States Armed Forces. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in…

Free Co-Sponsored Workshop about Dec.1 wage, hour changes

Small Business Owners and Managers encouraged to attend Co-Sponsored Workshop at EOC Tech On Wednesday Nov. 9, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center along with Harrah Chamber of Commerce and Choctaw Chamber of Commerce, will hold a free Co-Sponsored Workshop consisting of two meeting sessions in EOC Tech…

12-Time State Champions

Choctaw Drama & Stagecraft pulls off six-peat Choctaw High School’s Drama & Stagecraft program has claimed their sixth straight and 12th overall Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A One Act State Championship with a breathtaking one-act performance of “Property Rites.” In addition to securing Choctaw’s 12th state one-act play title, CHS also secured the…

Sheriff race underway: Heated debate fuels Whetsel’s run for sixth term

The race for sheriff has heated up, with the two candidates sparring over jail management and the role of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office in the community. A recent debate between Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel and his challenger, State Representative Mike Christian, was hosted at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library in Oklahoma City…

Surviving Sepsis: Choctaw woman awarded Jim Thorpe Courage Award

An estimated 44 percent of adults have never heard of sepsis, and even less actually understand the life-threatening condition. In 2014, Sue and Jay Stull were living their dream in Choctaw, but an unexpected run-in with sepsis would quickly change their reality. After meeting in 1999, the couple had established a permanent home in the…

Jones hosts Old Timers Day

By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer Old Timers Day always draws a crowd on Main Street in Jones City and this year was no different. The streets were roped off and the Police were giving directions to parking. Vendors lined the streets as well as food trucks and the Funnel cake was in great demand. Tyler…

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