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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…

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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