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Oden Grube appointed mayor

Councilmember Oden Grube was appointed mayor during a special called meeting of the Durant City Council Monday morning. Newly-elected At-Large councilmember Steve Brittingham was unanimously … more

Several businesses cited for selling alcohol to people under 21

On April 16-17, Durant Police Department hosted a law enforcement training on alcohol enforcement in partnership with Wichita Mountains Prevention Network (WMPN) and the Oklahoma ABLE Commission. The … more

Merideth selected as Superintendent of the Year

The Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA) announced Duane Merideth of Durant Public Schools as the 2019 OASA District 17 Superintendent of the Year. Merideth will be recognized at … more

Annual Community Prayer Breakfast to be held

The 38th Annual Durant Community Prayer Breakfast will be held on the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 a.m. in the Ballroom at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Durant Kiwanis … more

Choctaws open new courthouse

The Choctaw Nation officially opened its new Judicial Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning in Durant. Chief Gary Batton told those gathered in the Ishahli Courtroom the move … more

Choctaws kickoff $585 mil. project

Janie Dillard, senior executive officer for Commerce for the Choctaw Nation, reminisced about the old Choctaw bingo hall. “We had 140 employees and no money in the bank,” Dillard said … more

Ashes of retired fire chief interred

The Durant Fire Department, in a procession of fire trucks, carried the ashes of retired chief Haskell Manners Jr. to Highland Cemetery for burial which is what he wanted. Manners, who went by the … more

Local letter carriers to help stamp out hunger

On May 11, letter carriers in Bryan County will be collecting canned food donations from homes on their routes as they fight hunger during the 27th annual National Association of Letter … more

Calera classes swell

Growth in Bryan County is affecting a wide array of public services including the Calera Independent School District. Calera Superintendent Gerald Parks met with administrators Wednesday morning to … more

Wine fest set for Saturday

Brandy Rundel, owner and operator of The Monterey, hopes an event planned there this weekend will be the first in many such festivals in the proposed South 9th Avenue Arts District. Though the … more

Cemetery Advisory Board meets

The contract for Highland Cemetery mowing is now being handled by Greenbelt Turf Management and they first mowed the cemetery earlier this month. This was one of several things discussed during a … more

Man found guilty of assaulting police officer

Staff report A jury found a Calera man guilty of assault and battery on a police officer and eluding police. During a trial for 34-year-old Timothy Dewayne West that concluded Tuesday … more

Sad procession returns
ATV victim to Durant

The body of an 8-year-old girl who died in an accident over the weekend was brought home Tuesday afternoon under law enforcement escort. Addison Kate Colvard of Calera died Saturday in Mannsville … more

DEA to host prescription turn-in day

The Bryan County Substance Abuse Task Force in partnership with Walmart and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are participating in the first national prescription turn-in day of 2019. The … more

Choctaw Nation continues growth

The Choctaw Nation will take two steps into its future this Thursday with the official opening of a new Judicial Center and the groundbreaking for a major expansion of its Casino Resort … more

Calera child dies in ATV accident

An 8-year-old Calera girl died Saturday after being struck by an all terrain vehicle, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. The accident happened at approximately 5:51 p.m. on private property in … more

USDA announces buy-up coverage availability

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety net program, … more

Task Force hears from public

Thirty people attended the Durant Streets and Infrastructure Task Force public hearing at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library this past Thursday. Participants discussed the … more

Bikers lead procession for Cantrell

Motorcyclists met at Green Spray Friday afternoon to lead the funeral procession for 13-year-old Christian Paul Warren Cantrell who passed away April 13. In the top photo, Christian’s mother, … more

Calera project to include exits

In an ironic twist, U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Oklahoma’s second congressional district, was caught in traffic on his way to discuss a project to improve traffic safety and flow through … more
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