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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.

 

City Council hears citizen concerns

City Council began its July meeting in a brand new way. This month marks the first time council openly heard comments from the public on non-agenda items.Two citizens spoke to council before the agenda items were addressed. Oden Grube asked the council about how they will be replacing the cemetery board since all members had resigned.Mayor Jerry Tomlinson said that the council had not yet appointed a new board but is looking into a new structure for the board as well as ...

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Education campaign returns with powerful stories to help Oklahomans quit smoking

Continuing the success of a landmark national tobacco education campaign launched in 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is airing a second series of ads in 2014 featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases.The newest ads in the “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign tell the story of how real people’s lives were changed forever due to their smoking. In Oklahoma alone, more than $1.6 billion is spent each yea...

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Firefighters respond to crash and fires

The Durant Fire Department has put out several grass and rubbish fires recently, according to DFD reports, and they also responded to a crash late Wednesday afternoon.They were dispatched at 12:35 p.m. July 4 to the 1500 block of North 10th Avenue where there was an outdoor fire. They put out the fire and left the scene about eight minutes later.At 1:47 a.m. July 5, firefighters responded to a trash fire at Park Ridge Apartments. They put out the fire within minutes of a...

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Another Oklahoma execution set for later this year

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s highest criminal court set a Dec. 4 execution date on Wednesday for an inmate convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing a Department of Corrections employee — the third execution to be scheduled since a botched lethal injection in April.The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals took note of the April case in setting the execution of John Marion Grant, 53. Grant was sentenced to death for killing corrections worker G...

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Oklahoma GOP leaders push immigration reform

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Republican officials in Oklahoma joined a coalition of business groups from across the country on Wednesday in urging Congress to pass new immigration laws they say are vital to the nation’s economy — even while acknowledging the political difficulty the issue presents.Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and ex-House Speaker Kris Steele were among those who decried the current immigration system as woefully inadequate and...

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Inhofe praises deal on surplus military equipment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says a deal has been reached between two federal agencies that will allow local firefighters to continue receiving surplus military equipment.Oklahoma’s senior U.S. senator issued a statement Wednesday praising the agreement reached between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense.Oklahoma forestry officials say rural fire departments across the state would be devastated if the...

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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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