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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…

Midwest City continuing pedestrian safety project

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Driving a car is the most common way to get around Midwest City. But city leaders are making sure it’s not the only way. The city is improving the safety and viability of pedestrian traffic through its Pedestrian Signal Project.  The multi-phase program includes adding new crosswalks and upgrades to existing signals. Earlier this year,…

Authorities investigating body found in creek bed

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Authorities are investigating after a man’s body was found in a creek bed this morning. A person walking near Adair Boulevard and Harr Drive discovered the body about 11 a.m., said Assistant Police Chief Sid Porter. Midwest City police and the state medical examiner’s office investigated the scene for more than hour. About 1:40 p.m.,…

Oklahoma in list of of top 10 states with the worst drivers

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By Jon Watje Staff Writer There are bad drivers everywhere. But there are more in some states than others. SmartAsset.com, a financial tech firm that offers interactive tools for home buying, insurance and investment, completed a survey of the states with the worst drivers, and the Sooner State was near the top of the list…

Taking steps against violence

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By Maxine Wheelan Contributing Writer The citizens of Midwest City along with many first responders took to the streets for a March Against Violence on July 28.  They met in the Mid-America Park located at the corner of Shadybrook and Cambridge Street just north of NE 10th St. 6 p.m.  Televison news stations were present…

Fantasy Island, gas station set for demolition

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  Del City will soon have a little more interstate frontage property. The city plans to demolish the former Fantasy Island strip club, 3220 Tinker Diagonal, and an old Philips 66 gas station, 3140 Tinker Diagonal, as part of a redevelopment project near I-40 and Scott Street. City council members Monday night awarded contracts to…

Longtime resident shares birthday with community

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Midwest City has changed a lot over the last 100 years. Hazel Craddock has seen it all. The longtime resident and city advocate celebrated her 100th birthday with friends, family and city leader Tuesday afternoon at Nick Harroz Community Center.  Several people shared stories about Craddock before singing Happy Birthday and enjoying cake. Craddock said…

Tinker prepares for KC-46 tanker

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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…

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Del City sales tax election set for Nov. 14

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Del City voters will head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 14 to decide on a ½ percent sales tax for public safety. City officials say the new sales tax is needed to provide competitive salaries and benefits for police and firefighters. If approved, the measure would increase Del City’s sales…

Journey to Honor makes television debut on Veterans Day

Journey to Honor, a salute to America’s World War II heroes, brings to life this Will Rogers quote. The short film captures the heart of a movement that focused a spotlight on members of the Greatest Generation and honored them for their service and sacrifice. Journey to Honor will air on Cox Communications’ Yurview channel…

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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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