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Public weighs in on fire study

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Citizens provided feedback on the current and future state of the Midwest City Fire Department last week during a town hall meeting. The event was designed to gauge the community’s outlook as part of a larger study on public safety in Midwest City. According to survey results, the majority of…

Fun, learning on tap at Kids College

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Fun and learning are one in the same for area children this summer. Rose State College has been serving up a healthy dose of both with their youth summer programs. The popular Kids College offers classes for children grades K-6, while Teen Scene program is designed for older children. Like…

Officer leaves legacy of change

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Donnell Smith never imagined a career in law enforcement.  Now the police sergeant is adapting to life away from it. Smith, 51, is retiring after 26 ½ years with the Midwest City Police Department, leaving behind a legacy of positive change with the community and the police force. As one…

Del City pitching in for redevelopment

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A developer will get a little help from Del City to fix up a retail center. Del City will provide up to $30,000 in sales tax rebates to redevelop the retail center on the northeast corner of SE 44th Street and Bryant Avenue. The incentive will be used to make…

Council approves city employee raises

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City employees will receive a raise this year. The city council approved a 1 percent cost of living raise for all full-time employees, not covered by a collective bargaining agreement. The raise is on top of merit increases that employees earned. City staff recommended a .5 percent cost of…

Regents approve tuition increase

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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.…

Carl Albert students performing ‘Footloose’

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      By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor School is out, but the show must go on. Students at Carl Albert middle and high schools will present the musical “Footloose” next week as part of a new summer vocal music program. The group will have nightly performances on June 23-25 at the Carl Albert High…

Midwest City police awarded $70k grant

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City police will have extra help preventing violent crime. The department has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the Attorney General’s Safe Oklahoma Grant program. Police Chief Brandon Clabes said the grant will help increase patrols in high crime areas and hot spots, by covering overtime expenses. Clabes said…

Police arrest two in fatal shooting

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    Two Oklahoma City men have been arrested in connection with the death of a Midwest City teen.  On Friday around 1:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to a shots fired called in the 100 block of W. Michael Drive with someone lying in the roadway possibly injured. When they arrived, they found Keandre Jamel…

Area News

Mid-Del School Bond Election: Bond would breathe life into aging bus fleet

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A stream of 70 yellow buses flows to all corners of the Mid-Del school district, bringing students to school in the morning and back home again in the afternoon. Those same buses carry students to and from activities across the state. In between routes, the buses head back to the…

Mid-Del School Bond Election: Arts take center stage in bond proposal

By Tonya Little Contributing Writer The Mid-Del Community will be voting on a school bond issue on October 10. This bond includes many different things, one of which will be projects to the Performing Arts Centers of each of the three high schools; Midwest City, Del City and Carl Albert. These projects will include lobby…

Area Sports

Del City volleyball looking to build off strong summer

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Del City volleyball team hasn’t played a meaningful game this year.  But new coach Terri Willey likes what she’s sees. “This is my 31st year of coaching and I’ve never seen a group of girls that is this self-driven and this motivated,” Willey said. “They’ve had success in other…

Young Lady Titans learning and improving

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Experienced and talented were two words to describe the Carl Albert volleyball team the past few seasons. The Lady Titans advanced to the regional finals the past two years with help of a strong group of upperclassmen. While the team still has talent, graduation wiped out nearly all of their…

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