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Superintendent’s contract renewed

The Durant Board of Education voted to renew Superintendent Duane Merideth’s contract during a Monday meeting of the board. The contract is for a term beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June … more

Choctaw Nation aids with vaccinations

On Jan. 6, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) successfully delivered its first round of COVID-19 vaccinations to Bryan County residents. The life-saving measure was held at the Choctaw … more

Friends of the Library quilt drawing

The Friends of the Library held their annual quilt drawing on December 21, 2020. The quilt for 2020 was donated to the Friends of the Donald W. Reynolds Library from the Heritage Quilters of Durant … more

Shelly Key returns to Southeastern as Executive Director of Admissions and Enrollment

A familiar face is returning to the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in the near future. Shelly Key, a Southeastern graduate, has been named Executive Director of Admissions and … more

SE classes start

Classes began Monday morning at Southeastern for the spring semester and breakfast was available in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. Southeastern spring semester classes began Monday with … more

Okie Toy Run

The Durant Lions Club received a donation for Toys for Tots from the recent Second Annual Okie Toy Run organized by Holly’s Border Bar. Shown from left, Mark Swearengin, Lions Club president; … more

National Blood Donor Month celebration highlights need for ongoing blood donation throughout the year

OKLAHOMA CITY – Blood transfusions are the most frequent procedure performed in hospitals with more than 33,000 daily donations required to meet patient needs in the U.S. To ensure blood is … more

First United Bank ranked 4th in the 2020 top workplaces in Oklahoma

The 2020 Top Workplaces in Oklahoma rankings were announced earlier last month. With more than 20 large employer groups receiving recognition, First United ranked 4th in the large group … more

Athletic competition returns at SE after 285 days

A whopping 285 long days will have passed since their last official home athletic competition when the Southeastern basketball teams take the court Monday night at Bloomer Sullivan Arena. Fittingly … more

Church of Christ holds first service in new building

Prayers were answered and glory was given to God when the Durant Church of Christ held its first service of the new year this past Sunday. This was also the congregation’s first service in … more

Bold bandits-foes of banking institutions

Americans have trusted someone else to safeguard their hard-earned money since the first bank was established in 1791. For decades that trust was unquestioned. Then in 1866, the James gang robbed a … more

County officials sworn in

Four Bryan County elected officials were sworn in Monday morning before the county commissioners meeting of the new year. District Judge Mark Campbell administered the oath of office to Sheriff … more

Book Talk to meet via Zoom

“Black Water Rising,” a thriller by screenwriter Attica Locke, is Book Talk’s choice for its January 14 discussion at 7:00 p.m. The group usually meets at Donald W. Reynolds … more

Legislators invite public to redistricting town hall meeting in Durant

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, and Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant, announced an opportunity for citizens in Bryan and surrounding counties to be a part of Oklahoma’s … more

Brothers achieve Eagle Scout rank

Scoutmaster Michael Reyes presents brothers Cordell, left, and Andy Palmer with Eagle Scout certificates during an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony Sunday at Durant First United Methodist Church. … more

Senators join Bullard in urging Congress to fight illegal voting action in four states

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, and 14 other senators sent a letter on Dec. 22 urging Congress to fight illegal ballots in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The … more

Man charged with murder in stabbing death

A Calera man is in jail on a first-degree murder charge after authorities said he stabbed another man during a domestic incident on Christmas. Forty-three-year-old Michael Norris is accused of … more

Choctaw tribal member named Top Psychiatric Nurse in Oklahoma

When Amanda Harrell was growing up in McAlester, Oklahoma, she was unsure what type of education would be available to her or what her family could afford. That humble upbringing started her on a … more

Mobile home burns on Christmas

A mobile home on Sexton Road in Calera burned Christmas morning, according to Calera Fire-Rescue. Firefighters were dispatched at 2:44 that morning and when they arrived, the home was fully … more

Hospital workers receive COVID vaccinations

The first round of COVID-19 vaccinations were given to front-line workers at AllianceHealth hospital in Durant last Friday. Alliance and the Bryan County Health Department worked together to … more
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