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HealthCARE Express Choctaw scheduled to open in December

Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce members welcomed HealthCARE Express to Choctaw Monday, Aug. 15 with a groundbreaking ceremony. With much success in their Midwest City location, HealthCARE Express is excited to open a second location this December. “We’re looking at a 100 to 120 day build time,” said co-owner Jeremy Lamb at the recent groundbreaking.…

Lawsuit filed over turnpikes

Attorney files challenge of bond-financed projects with Oklahoma Supreme Court A lawsuit was filed Friday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court in an effort stop the expansion of turnpikes. The suit claims the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is violating a constitutional provision that ensures laws address only one subject by issuing $900 million in bonds to be…

Back in the swing of things

Defending Class 6A State Champions return to action Choctaw High School Softball had a record season last year as the Lady Yellowjackets rolled through competition to secure the prestigious Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A State Championship. The softball state title was the second in school history as Choctaw finished the year 36-7 overall…

Leathers trains with Team USA

Choctaw wrestler helps Olympian, prepares for Junior World Championships –   Choctaw High School alumna and current Oklahoma City University wrestler Becka Leathers is contributing to Team USA as a training partner for wrestler Haley Augello in the 2016 Olympics. Leathers, from Choctaw, captured the 123-pound national championship as a freshman in the Women’s College…

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

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…

Coaches honored at convention

The tributes for athletic excellence continue to roll in for the athletic department at Choctaw High School. In his continued quest for excellence for the district, Athletic Director Todd Dilbeck has stressed finding the very best person possible to be in charge of the athletic programs at Choctaw High School. “Our young people as well…

Blue & Gold Extravaganza set for Aug. 13

Choctaw’s Touchdown Club is set to host fourth annual Blue & Gold Extravaganza August 13 4-8 p.m. Every year the day begins with a community cleanup, followed by a carnival at Choctaw High School and ends with a preview of this year’s Yellowjacket Football Team. The free carnival event will be at the High School…

Choctaw Area Chamber hires Director of Operations

The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a second full-time employee. Chamber President/CEO Tracy Qualls, IOM says the board of directors understood the need of a new full-time position to better serve the business communities of the Choctaw, Nicoma Park and Jones region of eastern Oklahoma County. Thanks to increased revenue from recent chamber…

Markets at Choctaw progress continues

While most of the current work on the Markets at Choctaw development is still happening behind the scenes, progress is becoming clear as a new fast food restaurant structure is nearly complete and work on another commercial building recently began. Construction of the Taco Bell building is on schedule to be complete mid-August, and walls…

Manek, Harrell spark Elite Oklahoma All-Star squad to title

By John Martin Staff Writer DUNCANVILLE, TX — The inside-outside combo of Harrah senior Brady Manek and Carl Albert’s junior point guard Mason Harrell combined talents to lead the Team Blake Griffin Under-17 Elite Oklahoma All-Star team to a 74-57 triumph over the Colorado Springs (CO) Miners Sunday in the championship game of the Great…

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HealthCARE Express Choctaw scheduled to open in December

Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce members welcomed HealthCARE Express to Choctaw Monday, Aug. 15 with a groundbreaking ceremony. With much success in their Midwest City location, HealthCARE Express is excited to open a second location this December. “We’re looking at a 100 to 120 day build time,” said co-owner Jeremy Lamb at the recent groundbreaking.…

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Lawsuit filed over turnpikes

Attorney files challenge of bond-financed projects with Oklahoma Supreme Court A lawsuit was filed Friday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court in an effort stop the expansion of turnpikes. The suit claims the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is violating a constitutional provision that ensures laws address only one subject by issuing $900 million in bonds to be…

Warren, Amick-Dodson face off in GOP runoff

By William Washington Contributing Writer The field for Oklahoma County Court Clerk will get a little smaller. Incumbent Rick Warren and Linda Amick Dodson will meet in a primary runoff election Tuesday, Aug. 23 for the Republican nomination. Warren has served as Court Clerk since March after narrowly beating out Dodson in the primary election…

Caudill, Hooten in runoff for county clerk

Republican voters will head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 23 to select their candidate for Oklahoma County Clerk. Incumbent Carolyn Caudill and David B. Hooten are meeting in the primary run-off election. The winner advances to the Nov. 8 general election against Libertarian candidate Chris Powell. Caudill finished first in the four-way primary race with…

Choctaw Round Up Club royalty comes down Harper Road. (Photo by Ryan Horton)
Choctaw hosts 51st annual rodeo

Cowboys and cowgirls from around the nation gathered in Choctaw over the weekend as the Choctaw Round Up Club hosted the 51st annual Choctaw Open Rodeo and inaugural Choctaw Rodeo Parade. Choctaw Round Up Club in conjunction with Rusty Morland’s Rocking R Rodeo Co., hosted an IPRA Rodeo for competitors from across the USA. With…

Mark Yates, of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, explains voting options concerning State Question 777, which is currently one of only two questions approved for the November ballot. (Photo by Ryan Horton)
‘Right to Farm’ advocates seek support

Voters will have a big decision this November as the state considers an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that would limit the ability of lawmakers to regulate farming practices. According to the text of State Question 777, if passed the right to make use of agricultural technology, the right to make use of livestock procedures…

A recent survey ranked Oklahoma third in a list of states with the worst drivers.
Oklahoma in list of of top 10 states with the worst drivers

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…

Members of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and “Captain America” cross paths on marches through Choctaw.
Meaningful marches meet in Choctaw

Members of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation recently passed through eastern Oklahoma County as the first ever Mvskoke March came to a close. Mvskoke March 2016 was a youth-led initiative focused on bringing awareness to teen dating violence. Participants successfully caught the attention of spectators across the state as they marched from their tribal capitol in…

U.S. Air Force officials, contractors and dignitaries prepare for the ceremonial ground breaking ceremony for the KC-46A Sustainment Campus at Tinker Air Force Base. (Staff photo by Jeff Harrison)
Tinker prepares for KC-46 tanker

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…

Rebecca Colton has been hired as the Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations. (Photo by Ryan Horton)
Choctaw Area Chamber hires Director of Operations

The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a second full-time employee. Chamber President/CEO Tracy Qualls, IOM says the board of directors understood the need of a new full-time position to better serve the business communities of the Choctaw, Nicoma Park and Jones region of eastern Oklahoma County. Thanks to increased revenue from recent chamber…

Area Sports

Freshman catcher Kennedy Crowson knocked in the eventual winning runs in the first inning in Harrah’s 5-1 victory over Blanchard. (Photo by Jason Turner)
McCord, Lady Panthers stun Blanchard

Junior Skylar McCord limited a powerful Blanchard lineup to just three hits and the Harrah Lady Panthers fast-pitch softball team celebrated their 2016 home opener with a 5-1 victory over the Lady Lions Tuesday. The new rankings are not out yet, but Blanchard is a tradition-rich contender for state playoff action and one of the…

Jamie White connects during the home opener vs. Lawton Ike. CHS won, 11-1. (Photo by Ryan Horton)
Back in the swing of things

Defending Class 6A State Champions return to action Choctaw High School Softball had a record season last year as the Lady Yellowjackets rolled through competition to secure the prestigious Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 6A State Championship. The softball state title was the second in school history as Choctaw finished the year 36-7 overall…

Becka Leathers
Leathers trains with Team USA

Choctaw wrestler helps Olympian, prepares for Junior World Championships –   Choctaw High School alumna and current Oklahoma City University wrestler Becka Leathers is contributing to Team USA as a training partner for wrestler Haley Augello in the 2016 Olympics. Leathers, from Choctaw, captured the 123-pound national championship as a freshman in the Women’s College…

Choctaw coaches celebrate with All-State Football players Lonell Burris and Sean Thompson.
Coaches honored at convention

The tributes for athletic excellence continue to roll in for the athletic department at Choctaw High School. In his continued quest for excellence for the district, Athletic Director Todd Dilbeck has stressed finding the very best person possible to be in charge of the athletic programs at Choctaw High School. “Our young people as well…

The Yellowjackets show Putnam City North their speed during Choctaw Team Camp 2016. Football practice officially starts Aug. 8, and Aug. 13 the annual inner-squad scrimmage will be open to the public at 8:30 p.m. following a carnival at the high school. (Photo by Ryan Horton)
Blue & Gold Extravaganza set for Aug. 13

Choctaw’s Touchdown Club is set to host fourth annual Blue & Gold Extravaganza August 13 4-8 p.m. Every year the day begins with a community cleanup, followed by a carnival at Choctaw High School and ends with a preview of this year’s Yellowjacket Football Team. The free carnival event will be at the High School…

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Summer’s end sport briefs

Free Golf Clinic scheduled A free golf clinic has been scheduled for July 30 at Choctaw Creek Golf Course. PGA Golf Professional Jim Woodward will be on site to give free pointers beginning at 8:30 a.m. After qualifying for the PGA in 1990, Woodward still competes in Champions Tour tournaments. The PGA of America, established…

Becka Leathers
Leathers leads USA to silver

Choctaw’s Becka Leathers and two other United States women recently won medals at the Grand Prix of Spain helping lead the USA to a second place team finish.   Claiming the top U.S. Finish with a silver medal at 121 pounds was 2015 Junior World bronze medalist and Choctaw High School alumna Becka Leathers. Leathers…

Brady Manek of Harrah and Carl Albert's Mason Harrell.
Manek, Harrell spark Elite Oklahoma All-Star squad to title

By John Martin Staff Writer DUNCANVILLE, TX — The inside-outside combo of Harrah senior Brady Manek and Carl Albert’s junior point guard Mason Harrell combined talents to lead the Team Blake Griffin Under-17 Elite Oklahoma All-Star team to a 74-57 triumph over the Colorado Springs (CO) Miners Sunday in the championship game of the Great…

Choctaw’s Jackets get some practice at Team Camp 2016.  (Photo by Ryan Horton)
Changes coming for EOC football

By John Martin Staff Writer Now that the typical Oklahoma summer is sending temperatures soaring into the high 90’s, surely it’s time to start thinking about football. In barely three weeks, Oklahoma high school and junior high football teams are allowed to take to the practice field and conditioning areas for what is called “limited”…

Choctaw high School Athletic Director Todd Dilbeck and Principal David Reid celebrate the nine team state titles secured by the Yellowjackets during the 2015-16 school year. (Photo by Ryan Horton)
District of Champions

  CHS celebrates 2015-16 accolades, looks toward 2016-17 By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Choctaw High School secured an unprecedented nine team State Championships during the 2015-16 school year. Proving to produce champions in and out of the classroom, Choctaw finished the year with five state team titles and four academic state team titles. The Yellowjackets…

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