Gun rally to be held Saturday A group calling itself Guns Across America Bryan County Oklahoma is having pro-Second Amendment rally at 10 a.m. Saturday the the Bryan County Courthouse.
Kenneth Inman, organizer of the event, said state and local leaders are expected to speak about Constitutional rights including the right to bear arms.
Numerous timely related topics will be discussed including women’s issues and gun control, religion the Constitution, taxation...
Two killed in Bennington shooting Authorities released the names of two men who were gunned down after entering a home east of Bennington Thursday afternoon.
Gary Michael Robinson, 66, was dead at the scene and Bradley Wayne Rader, 35, was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooter, identified as Rodney Steven Andrews, 55, was not arrested for the shootings, however, he was booked into jail for suspicion of manufacturing m...
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Okla. Senate committee approves DNA testing bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anyone arrested in Oklahoma for a felony crime and some misdemeanors would be forced to submit a DNA sample to authorities under a bill approved Thursday by a Senate committee, despite concerns from civil libertarians that the measure goes too far.
The Senate Public Safety Committee unanimously approved the bill by Sen. Clark Jolley, who said it was requested by a woman whose daughter’s 2004 rape and murder in Tulsa...
Firefighters respond to attempted arson Someone poured an accelerant through a window and caused a small fire at a Durant home, according to the Durant Fire Department.
Firefighters were dispatched Wednesday morning to a home at 1023 Grand Ave. where James Manley told them that someone broke out a window and poured some type of accelerant into the window and onto himself and a female companion.
The accelerant caused a small fire at the window, according to the report, and the o...
Bill would exempt Okla. guns from federal rules
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Guns and ammunition manufactured and kept in Oklahoma would not be subject to federal laws or regulations under a bill that a House panel approved Wednesday.
The so-called Firearms Freedom Act was one of two gun bills that the House Public Safety Committee passed. Another bill that sailed through the committee would allow private schools to develop their own rules and regulations on whether teachers and school visit...
Okla. court stops conspiracy count in bribery case
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday rejected Oklahoma County prosecutors’ attempt to add a conspiracy count against two former state lawmakers already charged with bribery.
The five-member court voted 4-1 to uphold Special Judge Stephen Alcorn’s November 2011 decision disallowing conspiracy charges against former Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, and former Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City. Following ...
Bryan County to celebrate National Nutrition Month DURANT – March is National Nutrition Month, making it an opportune time for communities, families and individuals to eat better for improved health.
“The first step toward creating a healthier Bryan County is having families right here – our friends, neighbors and ourselves – choosing to eat better and become more active,” said Renee Wyrick Nutrition & Fitness Coordinator of Bryan County.
Created 40 years ago by the Academy of Nutrition...
Okla. panel to consider gun liability immunity
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Senate panel is to consider a proposal to make businesses and places of worship immune from liability if they don’t ban firearms from their premises.
The bill Republican Sen. AJ Griffin of Guthrie is scheduled to go before the Senate Public Safety Committee Thursday.
It also shields employers from legal liability if they don’t ban employees from bringing guns onto the business’s property.
Regional High School Bowling Tournament The Durant High School Bowling Conference dominated the Regional High School Tournament held Saturday, Feb 16, at Great Balls of Fire in McAlester.
The Durant boys Team won the Championship in it’s division, while the Caddo girls team was Runner-Up in it’s division.
Both teams qualified and will compete in the Oklahoma High School Championships next Saturday at Andy B’s Bowling Center in Tulsa. The Durant Boys Team has qualified to compet...
Union Pacific to upgrade railroad crossing on Main Street Main Street in Durant from First Avenue to Malone Street at the Union Pacific railroad crossing will be closed from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management announced.
Union Pacific will be upgrading the Main Street crossing and motorists will have to detour around the construction area. The closing will be for Thursday only.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and watch for construction workers.
Okla. panel approves rejection of health care law
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state legislator called on his colleagues Tuesday to formally reject federal health care reform, arguing that Oklahoma should add its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the law.
Legislation from Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, would essentially declare President Barack Obama’s health care law unconstitutional and void in the state. Although it would carry little weight, Ritze argued that approval of the m...
Durant students are ahead of the curve A new, tougher common core for all grades and subjects in schools across the country will soon get its first testing in Oklahoma, but young Durant students are well ahead of the curve — working with the new Common Core Standards since September.
DISD Superintendent Jason Simeroth says, “We wanted to get started on it so we introduced it in all classes from kindergarten through third grade, and so far it’s going well.” It’s too soon to measu...
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Okla. Legislature to have $7B to spend on budget
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will have $7 billion in revenue to spend on the coming fiscal year’s budget, an increase of $212 million over what was appropriated last year, a state panel determined Tuesday.
The figures approved by the State Board of Equalization are for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Gov. Mary Fallin said her priorities for the additional revenue are increased funding for public education and a pr...