Morning crash critically injures Texas woman A Dodd City, Texas, woman was injured Wednesday when she drove her car into a tree, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.
Kimberly Fleck, 44, was flown to Plano Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition with head and trunk injuries.
According to the patrol, Fleck was driving southbound at 4:40 a.m. on Highway 78 two miles north of Achille when she drove 300 feet of the roadway before striking a tree.
Unsafe speed was cited i...
Durant city council celebrates safety in the city Durant City Council celebrated safety in the city during the May council meeting on Tuesday. The city itself received an award from the state health department for city safety and the mayor signed a proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Month.
During the meeting, The City of Durant was presented the 2013 Certified Healthy Community Award by the Oklahoma State Health Department.
The award was presented by Renee Wyrick and Pat Fowle...
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Durant Industrial Authority meets The Durant Industrial Authority held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday May 14 at 7 a.m.
The authority discussed the budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year which every member will receive a copy of for review.
The budget is still in the processing stages at city hall and a formal draft will be available for authority review in June. The budget must be approved by July.
The authority also reconsidered proposals for job retention possib...
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Silo School bond fails by less than one percent A Silo Schools bond election failed by less than one percent, according to unofficial elections returns released Tuesday evening by the Bryan County Election Board.
The election carried 59.41 percent of votes for it with 761 voting yes and 520 voting no, however the bond required a 60-percent “super majority” to pass.
The $2,350,000 bond was for improvements to the school and this is the fifth time the proposal has been on the ballot.
Income tax receipts fuel Okla. revenue boost
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A surge in income tax collections last month helped boost Oklahoma’s revenue collections over those from last year and over expectations, state finance officials reported Tuesday.
Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger (DOR’-fling-ur) said collections to the state’s General Revenue Fund last month totaled more than $700 million, an increase of nearly $90 million, or 15 percent, from the same month last year. That ...
Fallin signs law to slash income tax rate in 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill into law Monday that cuts Oklahoma’s top income tax rate to 5 percent in 2015 and provides $120 million for improvements to the state Capitol.
A top priority for the first-term Republican governor, the cut to the state’s income tax provides Fallin with a political victory more than two years in the making.
“We want to cut taxes responsibly,” Fallin said in a statement. “No one wants ...
Award goes to Pakistani girl shot by Taliban
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Pakistani human rights activist who founded an all-girls school said the Taliban was “more afraid of the books than bombs” as he and his 15-year-old daughter, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban late last year, were honored Monday at the memorial for Oklahoma City bombing victims.
Ziauddin Yousafzai decried political violence during a ceremony held to honor him and his daughter, Malala Yousafzai, ...
National Hospital Week puts spotlight on people DURANT – A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message organizers are touting with the 2013 National Hospital Week theme “A Guiding Light for Changing Times.” The event theme, announced this week,...
Police investigate possible attempted abduction The Durant Police Department is investigating a possible attempted kidnapping that happened Friday.
According to police, a 9 year-old girl said she was approached by a stranger while she was walking to school.
The man asked her if she wanted and ride and she told him no.
The girl said that the man then exited his vehicle and chased her briefly before returning to his vehicle and fleeing.
The man is described as a white man in his mid ...
Silo Schools bond election to be held Tuesday The Silo Schools bond election will be held Tuesday and those who wish to vote early may do so Monday at the Bryan County Election Board Office.
The office, located 217 N. 16th Ave., will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. to accommodate voters who wish to vote early.
The bond is for improvements to the school and this is the fifth time the proposal has been on the ballot.
The break down lays out the cost as such: $200,000 for safety and ...
Man charged with possessing child pornography A convicted sex offender is facing child pornography charges after authorities said he shared pornographic images with an undercover officer.
Richard Alan Harmon, 64, Durant, is charged with distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. He came under investigation after Lt. Mark Bruning, a Guthrie police investigator with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) sponsored Internet Crimes Against Children (I...
Report: Oklahoma should expand insurance program
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A consulting firm hired by Oklahoma to help answer the question of how to insure 200,000 people without health coverage told the state’s Medicaid board Thursday that an existing program could be used to build a broader system by 2015.
Utah-based Leavitt Partners gave the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board its preliminary report at Thursday’s regular monthly board meeting. The full report isn’t expected until June,...
Mullin announces hiring of new field rep MUSKOGEE – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) announced Thursday the hiring of Trevor Shanklin as the new field representative for the southern portions of the 2nd Congressional District.
Shanklin, a combat veteran, husband and father will replace Jonathan Moyer, who is leaving Mullin’s staff to pursue other opportunities.
“I am very pleased that Trevor is joining our team in the district,” Mullin said. “He brings a strong work ethic, a ...
Several charged with possessing marijuana with intent to distribute Several people have been arrested this week for suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell.
Lester Jermaine Taylor, 31, and Lela Marie Adams, 27, both of Cartwright, have been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
The charges are the result of a recent investigation by the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office. According to an affidavit, deputies arrested a person at 311 Denison St. residence in Cartwright and...
Summer Community Band to begin rehearsals May 14 DURANT - Southeastern Oklahoma State University bands, with the support of the Department of Music, will reinstate a summertime favorite: the Summer Community Band.
This group, which is open to Southeastern students, staff, faculty, and any Durant area community member, is a way for instrumental musicians of all abilities to have an opportunity to perform as part of a concert band. Rehearsals will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 14, 21, ...
Okla. Democrats say absent lawmaker voted on bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma House Democrats say an improper vote was cast for a $7.1 billion budget bill on behalf of a Republican legislator who had left the building.
House Democratic Leader Rep. Scott Inman said Thursday that Tulsa Republican Rep. Terry O’Donnell had left the Capitol when two votes were cast on the general appropriations bill. O’Donnell was shown voting yes on both votes.
It is a violation of House rules for a vo...
Man charged with possession and distribution of child porn An investigation by Durant and Guthrie police led to child pornography charges being filed against a local man.
Shannon Lynn Hutcherson, 22, Durant, is charged with aggravated possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.
He is accused of possessing more than 100 separate materials depicting child pornography, court papers state, and also possessing shared files from the Internet that show minors in sexual and lew...
Walker named Citizen of the Year by Kiwanis First United Bank CEO Greg Massey is pleased to announce that First United employee Kari Walker was recently honored by the Durant Kiwanis as Citizen of the Year.
Walker has more than 13 years of banking experience. She began her career with First United in 2005 in the Corporate Risk Management Department. Prior to joining First United, Walker was employed by The Bank NA in McAlester. Walker holds a degree in Business Administration from Ea...
Feds say Insure Oklahoma program must change
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma program that uses Medicaid funding to provide health insurance to 30,000 low-income Oklahomans must change in order to keep its funding, the federal government said this week, even as a legislative plan that tries to make those changes seems stalled.
The Insure Oklahoma program needs a renewed waiver to use Medicaid funding to help some people pay for private insurance, which the Centers for Medicare and...
Man charged with threatening witness on Facebook The father of a man who was shot to death during a recent altercation has been charged with using a computer to threaten a witness in the case.
Clinton Lee Tyson Sr. 53, is charged with using a computer to put another person in fear of physical harm or death. According to court papers, Tyson sent Amanda Wright harassing and threatening messages by text and on Facebook during March, April and May.
Tyson Sr. is the father of Parker Allen Ty...
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