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DIA and Economic Development Council discuss city progress

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The Durant Industrial Authority and Economic Development Council held their regular monthly meetings Tuesday morning to discuss attracting new businesses and the job market in Durant.The DIA discussed the merging of two truss companies that will be located in Durant. The Panel Truss Company will lease a portion of a building in Durant.The Authority also discussed ways of aiding the new company in repairing the roof and air conditioning for the building. The authority was also visited by Development Consultant Ricky Hayes with Retail Attractions.This is the first step for the Authority which is currently looking into attracting new retail business to Durant.


Reconstruction project begins on Highway 69/75

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) notified the City of Durant Tuesday that as of today, they began a reconstruction project on the approach ramps at Highway 69/75 and Washington Avenue. This project will affect traffic in both directions on Highway 69/75 and on Washington Avenue. As of 8 a.m. today, the outside lanes south and northbound on Highway 69 /75 were closed, as was the northbound exit ramp at Washington Avenue.At times, traffic on Washington Aven...

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Calera Council holds meeting

Calera Council met Tuesday for its regular meeting to discuss a number of agenda items.Police Chief Don Hyde presented his monthly report and he said the number of automobile accidents is about the same as it was last year, and that there were no major accidents in Calera over the holiday weekend.Hyde spoke about two recent drug arrests. A marijuana arrest led to the seizure of $12,000 cash and also, one-half pound of pot was discovered during a traffic stop.

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America’s focus now turns from ‘football’ to football

Since mid-June, the world’s sporting focus has been on soccer, which most of the world refers to as football.But since the good old USA was bounced from the tournament last week, the eyes of this country have turned to football, real football. And in Oklahoma, that means the college game.We are weeks from fall practice beginning, but the preseason college football polls already are coming out.The Oklahoma Sooners are the No. 1-ranked team in the pre...

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Campgrounds at Lake Texoma closing for part of summer

TULSA - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District reminds patrons of Lake Texoma that the “A” and “F” loops within Lakeside campground will not be available for use July 8 through Aug. 26. Lakeside campground consists of 137 campsites, of which 51 campsites are located within “A” and “F” loops. These campsites will reopen Aug. 27 in order to accommodate Labor Day visitors and will close Sept. 9 for the remaining camping season. ...

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Reception honors Sean Burrage as SE president

Oklahoma State Senator Sean Burrage said he is leaving politics behind as he steps into his new role as Southeastern Oklahoma State University President.“That chapter is closed in my life. I’ve opened up this new chapter to be the president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University,” said Burrage at a reception held in his honor Monday evening at the Choctaw Event Center.Although he may have left the senate, several of his colleagues from that chapter o...

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Mikolas falters as Rangers fall to Astros 12-7

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Miles Mikolas has been in the major leagues a little too long to be considered yet another young Texas starter.The 25-year-old right-hander still showed some of the same growing pains in his second trip to the mound for the Rangers.Mikolas allowed six straight hits in a six-run second inning, Houston’s Jon Singleton homered among three hits and drove in four runs and the Astros snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 12-7 victor...

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Oklahoma Congressman decries immigrant site tour

TULSA (AP) — An Oklahoma congressman is criticizing a proposed media tour of a facility at Fort Sill where more than a thousand children, mostly teenagers from Central America, are being housed.Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine called on reporters Monday to reject Thursday’s proposed tour because the invitation says no questions will be allowed and recording devices are prohibited during the 40-minute tour.

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