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School district still hiring

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State budget cuts forced Mid-Del Schools to trim its workforce for the 2016-17 school year. The district eliminated nearly 100 positions including more than 60 certified teaching jobs. But that doesn’t mean the district is ready take down the “Help Wanted” sign just yet. Three weeks into the new school, and Mid-Del Schools is still…

Chamber adding electronic sign

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Residents and visitors will soon have another way to stay informed about community events. The Midwest City Chamber of Commerce plans build an electronic welcome sign near the intersection of SE 29th Street and Air Depot Boulevard. The 20-foot-tall sign will include dual-sided digital displays to promote Chamber and community events. “We wanted it to…

Midwest City looking for dry land

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Midwest City commissions flood plain study for property near SE 29th St. and Douglas Blvd. Midwest City leaders hope to learn more about a piece of city-owned interstate property. The city has commissioned a FEMA Flood Study for the vacant property along SE 29th Street east of Douglas Boulevard. The study will evaluate the impact…

Miss Eastern Oklahoma County 2017

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Jeffus, Stober crowned Miss EOC Royalty 2017 The 37th annual Miss Eastern Oklahoma County Pageant was hosted Saturday in the Performing Arts Center of Choctaw High School. There was plenty of beauty, talent and intelligence on display with 30 contestants, but by the end of the night it was Jancy Jeffus and Malayna Stober who…

Police draw high praise for finding stolen vehicle

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A local Marine is saluting the Midwest City Police Department after helping track down his stolen pickup. The Midwest City resident posted his truck for sale on Craigslist a couple weeks ago and found a taker. The alleged buyer agreed to pay $37,000 for the 2015 Chevy Silverado, by wiring the money to the Marine’s…

Midwest City opposes state questions

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Midwest City joined a growing number of communities that are against two state ballot proposals. On Tuesday night, the city council approved resolutions opposing State Question 777 and State Question 779. State Question 777, also known as the “Right to Farm” bill, would prevent lawmakers from passing legislation impeding farming and ranching.   Mayor Matt Dukes…

Commander says national security is a team effort

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Lt. Gen. Lee Levy II fondly uses the term airmen to describe both military and civilian personnel at Tinker Air Force Base. While many wear the uniform of the military, the Commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center says all play a crucial role in protecting the nation’s security. “If you’re engaged in supporting airmen…

Del City voters to decide on sales tax entension

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Del City voters must decide whether to extend a temporary sales tax to fund construction of a new wastewater treatment facility and upgrades to city buildings, streets and equipment. The ballot proposal would extend a 1.5 percent sales tax for 15 years until Jan. 1, 2033. The current tax, which was approved by voters in…

Democrats try to win over voters in House 97 runoff

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SPENCER – Chris Harrison and Jason Lowe share a passion for community service. But the State House District 97 Democratic hopefuls have different ideas of what that service would like at the State capitol. Harrison said he is a champion for public education, while Lowe emphasized the need for criminal justice reform Tuesday evening during…

Co-workers stick together for new business venture

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One door closed and another opened for two local women. In April, Hancock Fabrics, a national chain craft store, announced it would be closing all 185 of its remaining stores after filing for bankruptcy earlier this year. The company had seven stores in Oklahoma, including one in Midwest City. The impending closure rattled many employees…

Area News

Volunteers play crucial role at food pantry

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Hundreds of people in eastern Oklahoma County rely on the Mid-Del Food Pantry every week to feed their families. The non-profit organization couldn’t do that without donations from the community and local businesses, or without help from a loyal team of volunteers. About 30 people volunteer at the food pantry…

Municipal, school elections attract handful of candidates

Incumbent Ward 1 City Councilwoman draws challenger By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A total of six municipal and school board seats were up for election this spring. But only one attracted more than one candidate during the filing period this week. Midwest City Mayor Matt Dukes and Ward 5 Councilwoman Christine Price-Allen will each serve…

Area Sports

Choctaw’s Leathers is first female wrestling world medalist from Oklahoma

Making History Choctaw’s Becka Leathers delivered a bronze-winning performance last week at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France. After a successful career at Choctaw, Leathers went on to compete at Oklahoma City University, where she won a national title as a freshman. Leathers then left school to train and live at the U.S.…

Midwest City golfer earns spot on PGA Tour

By Jared Price Contributing Writer A couple of weeks ago, Talor Gooch was not quite sure if golf was going to be sufficient enough to make ends meet, now he is headed to the Professional Golf Association Tour. The journey wasn’t quite as smooth as Gooch made it seem this last tournament. Gooch played the…

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