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DIA and Economic Development Council discuss city progress

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The Durant Industrial Authority and Economic Development Council held their regular monthly meetings Tuesday morning to discuss attracting new businesses and the job market in Durant.The DIA discussed the merging of two truss companies that will be located in Durant. The Panel Truss Company will lease a portion of a building in Durant.The Authority also discussed ways of aiding the new company in repairing the roof and air conditioning for the building. The authority was also visited by Development Consultant Ricky Hayes with Retail Attractions.This is the first step for the Authority which is currently looking into attracting new retail business to Durant.


Reconstruction project begins on Highway 69/75

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) notified the City of Durant Tuesday that as of today, they began a reconstruction project on the approach ramps at Highway 69/75 and Washington Avenue. This project will affect traffic in both directions on Highway 69/75 and on Washington Avenue. As of 8 a.m. today, the outside lanes south and northbound on Highway 69 /75 were closed, as was the northbound exit ramp at Washington Avenue.At times, traffic on Washington Aven...

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Calera Council holds meeting

Calera Council met Tuesday for its regular meeting to discuss a number of agenda items.Police Chief Don Hyde presented his monthly report and he said the number of automobile accidents is about the same as it was last year, and that there were no major accidents in Calera over the holiday weekend.Hyde spoke about two recent drug arrests. A marijuana arrest led to the seizure of $12,000 cash and also, one-half pound of pot was discovered during a traffic stop.

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America’s focus now turns from ‘football’ to football

Since mid-June, the world’s sporting focus has been on soccer, which most of the world refers to as football.But since the good old USA was bounced from the tournament last week, the eyes of this country have turned to football, real football. And in Oklahoma, that means the college game.We are weeks from fall practice beginning, but the preseason college football polls already are coming out.The Oklahoma Sooners are the No. 1-ranked team in the pre...

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Campgrounds at Lake Texoma closing for part of summer

TULSA - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District reminds patrons of Lake Texoma that the “A” and “F” loops within Lakeside campground will not be available for use July 8 through Aug. 26. Lakeside campground consists of 137 campsites, of which 51 campsites are located within “A” and “F” loops. These campsites will reopen Aug. 27 in order to accommodate Labor Day visitors and will close Sept. 9 for the remaining camping season. ...

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Reception honors Sean Burrage as SE president

Oklahoma State Senator Sean Burrage said he is leaving politics behind as he steps into his new role as Southeastern Oklahoma State University President.“That chapter is closed in my life. I’ve opened up this new chapter to be the president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University,” said Burrage at a reception held in his honor Monday evening at the Choctaw Event Center.Although he may have left the senate, several of his colleagues from that chapter o...

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Mikolas falters as Rangers fall to Astros 12-7

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Miles Mikolas has been in the major leagues a little too long to be considered yet another young Texas starter.The 25-year-old right-hander still showed some of the same growing pains in his second trip to the mound for the Rangers.Mikolas allowed six straight hits in a six-run second inning, Houston’s Jon Singleton homered among three hits and drove in four runs and the Astros snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 12-7 victor...

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Oklahoma Congressman decries immigrant site tour

TULSA (AP) — An Oklahoma congressman is criticizing a proposed media tour of a facility at Fort Sill where more than a thousand children, mostly teenagers from Central America, are being housed.Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine called on reporters Monday to reject Thursday’s proposed tour because the invitation says no questions will be allowed and recording devices are prohibited during the 40-minute tour.

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Four killed in crash near Roosevelt Bridge

MEAD — Four people were killed Sunday afternoon in a head-on collision on Highway 70 west of Mead, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.According to an OHP report, a pickup truck driven by 47-year-old Richard Ardrey of Colbert crossed the center line and crashed into a pickup driven by 40-year-old Leonard Wiley Fly II of Yukon.Ardrey was killed in the crash, along with his passenger, 37-year-old Matthew Kraemer of Colbert, according to OHP. Fly also die...

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Storm shelter initiative may stress general fund

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma budget writers say an initiative petition to install storm shelters and safe rooms in every Oklahoma public school could overstress the state’s biggest and most critical revenue fund and slow the flow of tax dollars for vital public services.For the second time in less than a year, a group known as Take Shelter Oklahoma is collecting the signatures of voters to put the issue on a statewide ballot.

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SE Gridiron Shootout a success

For the 10th-straight year, the Southeastern Oklahoma State University football team welcomed supporters and alumni for the Gridiron Golf Classic at Silverado Golf Course. This event raises money to help maintain the high level of success that Savage Storm football has come to expect, according to the university’s sports information office.A total of 106 golfers comprising 28 teams participated June 28. The four-man scramble began with a shotgun start.Th...

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Lady Lions 8U team wins state championship

Durant is home to some little state champions.The Lady Lions 8-and-younger coach-pitch softball team won the OK Kids State Tournament June 29 in Preston.The team went 17-3 on the regular season, the three losses coming from traveling teams during a seven-game trip to Oklahoma City. The Lady Lions won the league championship in Durant to earn a berth to the state tournament.

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CASA swears in new volunteers

The Bryan County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program received five new volunteer workers Wednesday.The women were sworn into the position by Bryan County Associate District Judge Rocky Powers Wednesday morning and have each already been assigned two cases.CASA workers act as advocates for children in court proceedings in which the child has been removed from parental custody. There are 300 such cases active in Bryan County.The workers are charged w...

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Dog warns woman of early morning fire

One Durant woman is calling her dog a hero after waking the woman up to a fire in her house.Lisa Burns said her seven-month-old dog Xena woke her up early Monday morning and led her to a small fire in her house.“It was out of character for her,” said Burns. She said the dog would normally lie by her side until she woke up, but that morning, Xena wasn’t waiting for Burns to wake.She began jumping on her owner to wake her up an hour before the ...

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New business gets rolling in Durant

When things have been going south, it’s nice to see to something take an upturn.Texas-based Hoyte Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram has decided to open up shop in Durant. The popular Sherman dealership is still serving automotive needs down there, but owner Hoyte Ridlehuber said he thinks Durant is “a good place to be.”“It’s going to keep growing,” he said.And that includes his local dealership and service center. Currently open at th...

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Veterans, widows sought for free services

Celebrating Independence Day should remind Americans to express their appreciation to those who have fought for American freedom and served in the U.S. military. Of course, gratitude should come around more than a few times per year.Two people in Durant are making it a weekly thing and are actively seeking veterans to receive their thanks and a lot more.Paul Conley and Malinda Burnett are accredited veteran services officers. They are at the Donald W. Reynolds Library in...

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Brecheen talks about state questions

As you know, the Oklahoma Constitution mandates that the legislative session should only last from the first Monday in February until the last Friday in May. Four months is a very short time to deal with the thousands of issues that are brought to us each year by our constituents. ItR...

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Anderson named superintendent of Silo Schools

The superintendent of Bennington Schools will now lead the Silo School District.During a special meeting Thursday evening, the Silo Board of Education named Donna Anderson the superintendent of Silo Schools.In addition to being superintendent at Bennington, Anderson also was a candidate for state superintendent before withdrawing from the race due to health reasons.The board also hired Jeremy Atwood from Ardmore as principal.Monday, the board approv...

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