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The history of Market Square

On Sept. 26, 1919, “The new Market Square is a gift of the City of Durant to the people of the county who have products of various kinds to offer for sale in Durant and for those who propose to … more

Local author to lead Book Talk discussion

A mystery novel by award-winning author Lawrence Block, “Time to Murder and Create,” is Book Talk’s selection for its March 11 meeting at 7 p.m. The group usually meets at Donald … more

Hutchings finishes term on farmers and ranchers union

NORMAN — Hope Hutchings, Hendrix, has completed her term on the 2021 American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) Policy Committee, a subset of the AFR/OFU Cooperative … more

Fighting for free speech for all Oklahomans

One of the best thought leaders on free speech was Frederick Douglass. While advocating for the freedom of all in the United States of America and advocating for the U.S. Constitution, he made two … more

Southeastern announces plans to hold commencement in-person outdoors

Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently announced plans to move forward in planning for an in-person commencement this spring. The University is in the process of developing a plan to host … more

Langford named Durant fire chief

A 23-year veteran of the Durant Fire Department has been named chief. Jeff Langford was hired following the departure of Chief Roger Joines, who has accepted a fire marshal’s position with … more

Work on Robinson Road almost completed

Robinson Road has been paved and District 3 Commissioner Jay Perry said the work on the project is almost finished. Durant a Monday meeting of Bryan County Commissioners, Perry spoke of the … more

Library works to improve literacy

The Durant Friends Literacy Program at the Donald W Reynolds Community Center and Library has been slowly growing for the past couple of years. Through one-on-one tutoring it provides for those in … more

Rotary Club donates dictionaries

The Durant Rotary Club provided dictionaries to Northwest Heights third-grade students. more

Education initiatives outlined in Oklahoma Focused Agenda

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Democrats announced multiple education initiatives last week in their Oklahoma Focused Agenda for the 58th Legislature. Each initiative was designed with feedback from … more

Choctaw Nation provides more than $2.5 billion impact to Oklahoma in 2019

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma announced last week that the Tribe had a $2,519,532,303 economic impact on the State of Oklahoma in 2019. The economic impact report, prepared by Dr. Kyle Dean, … more

Alleged cockfighting operation found

The Bryan County Sheriff”s Office said they found a cockfighting operation when responding to a call Saturday in the Allison community south of Durant. When deputies arrived, they noticed … more

‘Ghost student’ reform advances

Members of a state House committee have voted to rein in schools’ ability to receive funding for students who no longer attend classes in the district, a practice informally referred to as … more

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
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