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Fallen firefighter honored with overpass dedication

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I-40 bridge named in honor of Clark By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The memory of James Everett Clark III is alive in the hearts of loved ones and first responders. And now, it will be remembered by thousands of people every day. State and local leaders dedicated the I-40 overpass bridge at SE 29th Street…

Volunteers play crucial role at food pantry

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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

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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…

Midwest City Beacon kicks off holiday food drive

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Newspaper staff collecting food through Dec. 18 By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor It’s the giving season, and the Midwest City Beacon staff is asking people to get into the spirit with their third annual food drive. During the next few weeks, the newspaper will be hosting a food drive to benefit the Mid-Del Food Pantry.…

Del City girls focused on return to state tournament

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Del City High School girls basketball team took some hits with graduation this spring. But they still have plenty left for a big run this season. “We just need to focus on us as a whole and we’ll be pretty good and surprise some people,” said coach Kari Sears.…

Carl Albert girls looking to bounce back in 2017-18

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By Jared Price Contributing Writer The Carl Albert girls basketball team will be looking to shine in the Class 5A season this year and re-gain their respect in the state after a less than stellar 2016-17 campaign. After losing a couple of talented players last season, coach Kyle Richey still believes his team can make…

Eagles looking to build off successful season

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Del City boys basketball team surprised many with a return to the state tournament last season. But the Eagles won’t fly under the radar again this year. The veteran squad has nearly its entire starting lineup back is ranked No. 5 in this week’s Class 5A coach’s poll. “We…

Talented Lady Bombers squad looking for winning formula

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor The Midwest City girls basketball team is a talented bunch. The Lady Bombers have a strong group of upper classmen that stepped into key roles last year. And some talented freshmen that are looking to do that same this season. How far that talent goes, depends how quickly the team…

Midwest City boys out to silence critics

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor In a matter of weeks, the Midwest City boys basketball team went from favorites to underdogs. And they don’t mind. “We love being underdogs and want to shock people,” said senior Josh Rivers. The Bombers lost two of their top senior players earlier this year. Keyshawn Embery, who signed to…

Midwest City man sentenced to life in prison for 1997 murder

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A Midwest City man convicted in the 1997 murder of eight-year-old girl will spend the rest of his life in prison. Oklahoma County District Court Judge Glenn Jones Monday sentenced Anthony Palma, 58, to life in prison without parole for the disappearance and death of Kirsten Hatfield. Palma appeared in…

Area News

Merriman named Oklahoma Film ICON

Choctaw actor honored at deadCenter Film Festival 2018 Choctaw native Ryan Merriman was honored over the weekend as an Oklahoma Film ICON at the 18th annual deadCenter Film Festival. The ICON Award honors Oklahomans whose success in the film and entertainment industry has drawn positive attention towards Oklahoma. Merriman was an award-winning child actor who starred in…

Old Germany Restaurant set to reopen, Choctaw Oktoberfest 2018 slated

Choctaw’s Old Germany Restaurant closed its doors on April 16 after 42 years of business. Less than two months later the beloved dining establishment is now set to reopen. The eastern Oklahoma County community along with patrons from around the country were stunned to hear of the sudden restaurant closure and festival cancelation. Following the…

Area Sports

Mid-Del basketball teams prep for regionals

By John Martin Staff Writer With the regular season nearly over, Mid-Del basketball teams are getting ready post-season play next week. No. 3 ranked Carl Albert and No. 5 ranked Midwest City will be home for regional action which begins next Friday, Feb. 23. Del City boys are also in the 5A West regional at…

Speed skating comes to Midwest City this Sunday

Did you know that even though Olympic speed skating is an ice event, many of the current US Olympic Team speed skaters got their start and continually train in roller speed skating?  This Sunday morning, February 11, is your chance to see the fast paced excitement of roller speed skating right here in the OKC…

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