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Adoption numbers grow at Midwest City animal shelter

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By Tonya Little Contributing Writer The Midwest City Animal Shelter, located at 7221 NE 36th St., has seen a steady increase in adoptions over the last several years. This, according to the shelter spokesperson Major Robert Cornelison, is due to their philosophy at the shelter. “Our increase in numbers is because of our philosophy which…

Law enforcement talks church security

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As a son of a preacher, Sheriff John Whetsel spent much of his childhood at church. The house of worship was a safe place, as long as he didn’t get in trouble with his parents. “About the only weapon I ever saw in church was a belt, and that was far too often,” he said.…

Police, community leaders reach out to residents

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As the July sun beat down from above, community leaders and police walked the streets of a northside neighborhood Saturday morning. House by house, they met with residents in an effort to build trust between local law enforcement and the African American community. Police Chief Brandon Clabes said improving communication between police and the public…

Boeing opens new facility near Tinker AFB

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OKLAHOMA CITY  – Boeing today opened a new engineering, research and development lab facility near Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City that will design, test and apply modernization technologies for legacy aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III and the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). The 300,000-square-foot structure is the newest addition to…

Midwest City native begins pro soccer career in home state

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Adrian Ables has always set high goals. He dreamed of playing soccer in high school, college and beyond. But the Midwest City native never imagined the future would include playing on a professional club in his own backyard. That improbable dream came true when Ables signed with Rayo OKC, of…

Mid-Del Schools welcome assistant principals

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Mid-Del Schools welcomed two new school administrators this week. Micah Mattingly was hired as an assistant principal at Del Crest Middle School and Jocelyn Frederickson will join Jarman Middle School as an assistant principal. Mattingly will replace Phillip Crawford who took an assistant principal position at Del City High School.…

Public weighs in on fire study

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Citizens provided feedback on the current and future state of the Midwest City Fire Department last week during a town hall meeting. The event was designed to gauge the community’s outlook as part of a larger study on public safety in Midwest City. According to survey results, the majority of…

Fun, learning on tap at Kids College

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Fun and learning are one in the same for area children this summer. Rose State College has been serving up a healthy dose of both with their youth summer programs. The popular Kids College offers classes for children grades K-6, while Teen Scene program is designed for older children. Like…

Officer leaves legacy of change

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor Donnell Smith never imagined a career in law enforcement.  Now the police sergeant is adapting to life away from it. Smith, 51, is retiring after 26 ½ years with the Midwest City Police Department, leaving behind a legacy of positive change with the community and the police force. As one…

Del City pitching in for redevelopment

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By Jeff Harrison Managing Editor A developer will get a little help from Del City to fix up a retail center. Del City will provide up to $30,000 in sales tax rebates to redevelop the retail center on the northeast corner of SE 44th Street and Bryant Avenue. The incentive will be used to make…

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Carol Goodwin (Left) and Kay Bibens (Right) pose for a photo at the Del City Chamber of Commerce.  Goodwin is replacing Bibens as the chamber’s executive director at the end of the month. Bibens has served as director for the past seven years. (Staff photo by Jeff Harrison)
Del City Chamber changes leadership

Change in leadership is coming to the Del City Chamber of Commerce. Goodwin may be new to the chamber, but she’s no stranger to the community. She was born and raised in Del City and returned after college to raise her family in her hometown. “This is home to me. I’ve always cared about Del…

George Palone, Midwest City animal control officer, pets a kitten at the Midwest City Animal Shelter. The city has seen a steady rise in the number of animal adoptions. (Staff photo by Jeff Harrison)
Adoption numbers grow at Midwest City animal shelter

By Tonya Little Contributing Writer The Midwest City Animal Shelter, located at 7221 NE 36th St., has seen a steady increase in adoptions over the last several years. This, according to the shelter spokesperson Major Robert Cornelison, is due to their philosophy at the shelter. “Our increase in numbers is because of our philosophy which…

Area Sports

The City of Midwest City added a footgolf course at Hidden Creek Family Golf Course last year. The golf/soccer hybrid sports has been growing in popularity. (Photo by William Washington)
Footgolf gaining a following in Midwest City

By William Washington Intern Reporter Hidden Creek Family Golf Course offers a fairly new sport to the public called footgolf for the second year. The objective of footgolf is for the player to kick a soccer ball in hole with the least amount of kicks or shots possible. On April 9, 2015 the Hidden Creek…

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…

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