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Durant High School Choral Director Aprill Raines named OkMEA Exemplary Teacher

Durant High School Choral director Aprill Raines will be awarded the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OkMEA) Exemplary Teacher Award on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The ceremony is a part of the … more

Going off the rails

Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management responded Monday morning to a locomotive that came off the tracks near Highway 70 and Northeast Second Avenue. The middle engine derailed and another one was … more

Back to school

Washington Irving Elementary School principal Lisa Whitley welcomes Brinlee Brooks back to school on Monday after the holiday break. Washington Irving students filled the hallways Monday morning … more

Tribes sue governor over casino gambling

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three of the most powerful tribes in Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit against the state’s governor, asking the court to help resolve a dispute over gambling at tribal … more

Woman makes painting of old barn that has since collapsed

A local artist has made paintings of a historic barn that was toppled by high winds in 2018. The Bell barn off Highway 48 in Kenefic was knocked down during a storm on Nov. 30, 2018. Built in … more

‘Inheriting Edith’ to be subject of Jan. 9 Book Talk

“Inheriting Edith” is Book Talk’s choice for its Jan. 9 discussion at Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library, 1515 W. Main St. in Durant. Retired state employee Sandy … more

Crash injures two

A Caddo woman was injured in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Atoka County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. Thirty-six-year-old Bronwyn Cooper was flown by air ambulance to OU Medical … more

Tulsa authorities say 3 more arrested in prison-gang killing

TULSA (AP) — Tulsa County authorities say three more individuals have been arrested in connection with the December murder of a member of a white-supremacist prison gang. The Tulsa County … more

Survey suggests economy growing in 9 Midwest, Plains states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly survey of business supply managers suggests the economy is growing slowly in nine Midwest and Plains states as the U.S. trade war with China continues, … more

Choctaw Nation agrees to extension of Hunting and Fishing Compact

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s Hunting and Fishing Compact has been extended through December 31, 2020, based on a signed agreement tied to an offer received earlier this week from the … more

Choctaw Resort construction

Construction work is ongoing for the expansion of Choctaw Casino Resort. In April, the tribe broke ground on the first phase of a $585 million expansion of the resort and upon completion in 2021, … more

Regents to interview eight candidates for SE president

The Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) met recently after receiving a list of candidate recommendations for president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University … more

Choctaw hunting and fishing agreement expires

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s Hunting and Fishing Compact with the State of Oklahoma was set to expire on Dec. 31, the tribe announced Monday. Though the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife … more

Christmas Eve service

Durant First United Church was among many local churches having Christmas Eve services and among those shown on the right are Ernest and Kathy Sturch. Former Durant resident Whitney Reynolds and … more

Touching Angels

The staff and members of Anytime Fitness in Durant provided gifts for 107 children through its Angel Tree. Staff and members selected children whose names were placed on a Christmas tree in the … more

Man killed trying to cross highway

A man was struck and killed last Thursday evening while trying to cross Highway 69/75, according to Durant Police. Forty-two-year-old Samuel Ray Caldwell died after being struck by a car in the … more

Vice President’s Honor Roll released at Southeastern

The Vice President’s Honor Roll for Fall 2019 has been released at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. To be eligible for this recognition, undergraduate students must complete a minimum … more

President’s Honor Roll announced at Southeastern

Following is the President’s Honor Roll for Fall 2019 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. To be eligible, a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of college-level courses … more

Multi-car pileup reported in Calera

According to online reports from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, more than 10 and possibly as many as 19 vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction pileup south of Calera this past Monday … more

Durant Bands have Christmas concert

Leslie Gregg directs Durant Intermediate School band members during the Christmas concert Dec. 15 at Durant High School. Durant Intermediate School band director Leslie Gregg plays during the … more
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