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Mid-Del School Board calls $130 million bond election

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Mid-Del school district is moving forward with a $130.6 million bond election to address building maintenance, textbooks, technology and transportation needs. The school board on Wednesday morning agreed to send two propositions to voters on Oct. 10. The first proposition includes $121.3 million for upgrades to the football fields,…

Armed robbery suspect apprehended after mile foot chase

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Midwest City police tracked down an armed robbery suspect after a one-mile foot chase near SE 15th Street and Midwest Boulevard this afternoon. While two motor officers were conducting special traffic emphasis at a construction zone in the 7200 block of SE 15th, a barrage of 911 calls came into the emergency operations center describing…

Midwest City man charged with possession of child pornography

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A Midwest City man faces six felony charges after an undercover investigation revealed he was in possession of and distributing child pornography, according to the State Attorney General’s Office. Gerald Prindle, 39, is charged with four counts of distributing child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography and one count of violating the Oklahoma Computer…

Midwest City High School student arrested with loaded gun at school

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A 16-year-old student at Midwest City High School was arrested this morning for allegedly bringing a loaded gun to school. About 8:15 a.m., students notified school staff that another student had a gun on campus. A school resource officer searched the student’s backpack and found a 9mm Smith and Wesson. The gun was reported stolen…

Major Leaguer pitches in at Children’s Center

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The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital, a nonprofit pediatric hospital in Bethany, Oklahoma, recently announced that J.T. Realmuto, catcher for the Miami Marlins, will serve as a member of the Hospital’s inaugural honorary board.  Realmuto will be part of a public relations and marketing campaign for the hospital, including public service announcements, speaking engagements, and social…

City Council approves TIF District

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Midwest City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to establish a tax incremental financing, or TIF, district in conjunction with the Warren Theater and Sooner Rose Shopping Center development. The vote represented the final step in approving the project, which has been in the works for several months. The development will include a 10-screen Warren Theater and…

Council reviews mall study, presses building owner

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Midwest City leaders may not have answers about the future of the Heritage Park Mall. But at least they now have some ideas. The City Council learned about possible plans and uses for the largely vacant building Tuesday night during a presentation from Texas based consultant. Midwest City hired Jason Claunch and Catalyst Commercial to…

Warren Theaters planning Midwest City theater

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Midwest City residents may soon not have to leave town to go the movies. In fact, it could be quite the opposite. Warren Theatres LLC is considering building a 10-screen theater that would anchor a development near SE 15th Street and Sooner Road. The proposed 70,000-square-foot theater would be the first of a new concept…

ODOT hosting public meeting on I-40 widening project

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, to present information on a future project to widen I-40 from Douglas Blvd. near Midwest City to the I-240 junction. The meeting will take place at the Heartland Retreat Center, 4910 S. Anderson Rd. in Oklahoma City. I-40 will…

Midwest City begins roadwork on SE 15th Street

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Midwest City is beginning a lengthy road project this week. The city is planning to resurface SE 15t Street between Midwest Blvd. and Oelke Drive, which is near Rose State College. Work is expected to start Monday, Feb. 20. The project is expected to take six months to complete and cause lane closures and delays…

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Black Bear Diner heading to Midwest City

By Van Mitchell Contributing Writer Black Bear Diner, a restaurant chain in the western United States which serves home-style and “old-fashioned” comfort foods, is coming to Midwest City this fall. The restaurant will be located in the former Primo’s d’ Italia building at 5661 Tinker Diagonal. Jolisa Johnson, marketing director for Black Bear Diner, said…

EOCP seeks public input

Online surveys now available for residents of Choctaw, Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park In coordination with the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership 2017 Gala, online surveys went live Friday night. The annual event celebrating accomplishments of the partnership was hosted August 11 at River Oaks Country Club, and the big news of the evening was…

Area Sports

Youth baseball team heads to nationals

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…

OSU rings in new year with dominant bowl display

Oklahoma State University finished 2016 off with a bang when the Cowboys finished the year with a 38-8 thrashing of Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl.   Now moving into 2017, Cowboy fans have high expectations. OSU should be a Big 12 favorite going into 2017 after finishing just behind OU in 2016, and then…

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