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Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute seeks talented high school students

OKLAHOMA CITY - Every winter, nearly one thousand high school students from all corners of the state crowd into auditoriums and line school hallways, dragging oversized instrument cases, rehearsing … more

Light of Hope helps homeless in cold

The temperatures last week reached an all time low in history of Oklahoma. There was snow every single place you looked. The low temperatures meant that the homeless would have been out there … more

Calera to vote on school bonds

Calera voters will head to the polls Tuesday, March 2 to vote on two bond issues for Calera Public Schools. Proposition 1 is for $175,000 and it will fund security improvements at the early … more

Changes to donor eligibility requirements allow more people to give blood during winter emergency

As winter weather and resulting blood drive cancelations severely impact the supply of life-saving blood, Oklahoma Blood Institute is alerting potential donors that new eligibility rules allow more … more

House Democrats announce Oklahoma Focused Agenda

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma House Democrats on Monday revealed their legislative agenda for the 58th Legislative Session. The Oklahoma Focused Agenda is a series of policies the caucus has put … more

OSBI investigating altercation between deputy and teenager

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating an incident that involved use of force against a juvenile after a pursuit Sunday on Hodge Road in Cartwright. OSBI said in a news … more

Firefighters respond to fires, broken pipes

A man was killed in an automobile accident Saturday and firefighters have responded to several fires plus calls where pipes burst during the freezing temperatures last week. The Oklahoma Highway … more

A brief history of Cox Chapel Cemetery

In 1985, Hank Patterson, a life-long Boy Scout from Durant, agreed to “restore” Cox’s Chapel cemetery and thereby earn his Eagle Scout badge. Patterson was given permission for the … more

Chief Batton signs executive order after historic winter weather

Chief Gary Batton signed an Executive Order on Feb. 16, declaring a state of emergency, following the unprecedented winter weather that swept across the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The Executive … more

Oklahoma administers COVID-19 vaccine to Teacher of the Year finalists

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) opened COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers and Oklahomans with comorbidities Monday and kicked things off by vaccinating this … more

Deadline to request absentee ballots for Calera school bond election nears

Less than a week remains for registered voters in Bryan County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the March 2, 2021, Calera School Bond Election, County Election Board Secretary … more

Fire chief announces retirement

Durant Fire Chief Roger Joines announced he is retiring after serving for more than 30 years with the department and making many great memories through his career. Joines spoke at last … more

Having fun in the snow

Although it was still frigid cold, the sun came out Monday and many residents went to Carl Albert Park to sled down the hill, including Hannah Williams, front, and Emma White is behind her. Pushing … more

Temporary shelter opens for homeless.

As the temperatures dropped to record-breaking levels and snow fell over the weekend, several organizations worked together to provide food and shelter for the homeless. Brown’s Funeral Home … more

Animal rescue organizations work to keep pets warm

Durant Animal Rescue Alliance and Texoma Paw Patrol teamed up this past Saturday to help ensure pets stayed warm during the frigid winter temperatures. “We’ve got Texoma Paw Patrol … more

Oklahoma’s Last Bad Man

We first met William Caleb Tidwell in my article about Oklahoma bank bandits. At the peak of his career, he was “one of the most noted and dreaded criminals in Oklahoma” and was wanted by … more

Durant ministers serve as Senate chaplains

OKLAHOMA CITY – Pastors Jacob Sheriff and Zach Backues of Victory Life Church in Durant served as chaplains for the state Senate during the second week of the legislative session. The … more

Fortnightly Club announces scholarship recipients

The GFWC Fortnightly Club of Durant is delighted to announce the recipients of individual scholarships awarded in the amount of $300 per year to young ladies in the Durant area. Jennifer Terron of … more

People First Industries provides employment opportunities

Thirty years ago, there was a knock on my front door from David Williams, my neighbor and long-time school superintendent for Durant Public Schools. Williams was the president of a local … more

Grube unopposed in reelection bid

Durant Mayor Oden Grube will serve another term on Durant City Council because no one but her filed for the office during the filing period that ended Feb. 3, according to the Bryan County Election … more
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