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New Midwest City grocery store opens Aug. 31

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor WinCo Foods will open its new Midwest City store on Aug. 31, the employee-owned grocer announced. The official opening is scheduled for 9 a.m. Employees will raise the flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance before opening for business. The new grocery store is located at 7601 E. Reno Ave.,…

Citizens Police Academy graduates 39th class

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By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer Graduation for the 39th Class of the Midwest City Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy was held on July 13 at the F.O.P. Lodge.  Police Chief Brandon Clabes, Assistant Chief, Sid Porter and Instructors Lt. Ron Strecker and Lt. Darrell Miller were present to congratulate the 28 members graduating. The classes…

City cancels animal welfare contracts

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City leaders reaching out to communities about creating regional animal shelter By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City leaders don’t know the best way to handle animal welfare services in eastern Oklahoma County. But they agree the current plan isn’t working. And think a regional animal shelter could be a solution. The City Council Tuesday…

Osborn Right for Labor Commission After Taking Stand

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State Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang, announced late last week that she is in the process of putting together an exploratory committee to consider running for Oklahoma Labor Commissioner. As Labor Commissioner, Osborn’s focus will be on retaining the state’s educators since the measure will strengthen the state’s case for attracting other industries. “At this time, Oklahoma…

Animal welfare contracts get second look

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor For years, Midwest City has provided animal care services for much of eastern Oklahoma County. But those days could be coming to an end. Midwest City leaders are reconsidering animal care services offered to other municipalities as well as plans for a new animal shelter. City council members discussed the…

Youth baseball team heads to nationals

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A local youth baseball team is ready for the national stage. The Oklahoma Legends will compete against the top 10-and-under baseball teams in the country at the USSSA Baseball Elite World Series in Orlando, Florida. The national tournament starts Saturday, July 22 and continues through July 30. The team primarily…

Homeowner cleared in fatal shooting of teen

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Prosecutors will not charge a Midwest City homeowner who fatally shot a teen trying to break into his house last month. The incident happened just before 4 a.m. June 24 in the 10700 block of Le Jean Drive. Emergency personnel were called to the scene after a resident told dispatchers that he shot someone who…

Carl Albert High School student wins state art contest

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McLaughlin’s portrait of her grandfather shown at national VFW Auxiliary Conference By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor An old photograph and a soldier’s letter home inspired a local high school student’s winning artwork. Taryn McLaughlin, a student at Carl Albert High School, took first place in statewide art contest with a portrait of her grandfather serving…

State lawmaker looking for ways to increase funding for aerospace jobs program

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The aerospace industry has grown in Oklahoma over the past decade with help from a unique state program. The Center for Aerospace and Defense Supplier Quality (CADSQ) helps Oklahoma companies win contracts with the Department of Defense and commercial aviation enterprises. The program guides businesses through the intricate, and often…

Sales tax election gets green light

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Midwest City calls for special election to raise sales tax rate by .75 percent for public safety and city services By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Midwest City voters will be asked to approve a sales tax increase to hire more police and firefighters and fund city services. The sales tax election is set for Oct.…

Area News

New teacher feeling right at home at Carl Albert Middle School

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Andrew Thomsen this week started a new career. And welcomed a new class of students at Carl Albert Middle School. But the first-year teacher is feeling right at home. About a decade ago, Thomsen sat in those same desks as a student at Carl Albert Middle School. Now he’s living…

Building permits on the rise

By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor More people could soon be calling Midwest City home. The Midwest City Building Department issued 19 residential permits in July, which was the highest monthly total in nearly two years. The total value of the permits is $2,909,000. It was the best month since September 2015, when the city issued…

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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