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Classes begin at SE

Southeastern Oklahoma State University began fall classes Monday with both face-to-face instruction and remote learning classes. Students began moving back into the residence halls last week in … more

Bryan County Courthouse and annex reopen

The Bryan County Courthouse and the Courthouse Annex reopened Monday morning after being closed to the public due to COVID-19. The main courthouse was closed Aug. 19-21 because an employee was … more

Federal grants renewed at Southeastern

Southeastern Oklahoma State University has recently received confirmation that TRIO grants have been approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Student Support Services and Project … more

Durant Mayor positive for COVID 19

Durant Mayor Oden Grube confirmed that she has tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Grube, and her son Jimmy who is caring for her, will be in quarantine until Aug. 23. Durant’s first … more

Trippie Hippie ribbon cutting

A ribbon cutting was held Friday for new Durant Area Chamber of Commerce member The Trippie Hippie Co., located at 211 N. Second Ave. in downtown Durant. The store carries unique clothing for women … more

Magnolia Festival 2020 cancelled

Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma and Durant Area Chamber of Commerce announce the 24th Annual Magnolia Festival (previously rescheduled to November 5-7, 2020) has been cancelled for 2020. The … more

Preliminary hearing held for man accused of crash that killed four teenagers

A preliminary hearing began Thursday afternoon for an Atoka man charged with four counts of second-degree murder in a Memorial Day weekend crash that killed four Durant teens. Forty-three-year-old … more

Truck carrying boiler strikes overpass

A semi and trailer carrying an industrial boiler southbound on Highway 69-75 became stuck underneath the Redbud Lane overpass Thursday morning. The overpass was closed to east and westbound … more

Window painting at NWH

Michelle Little, Jaryn Little and Katelynn Hicks painted a new mural last week on the front window of Northwest Heights Elementary School. The previous mural, part of which is shown in the top photo, … more

FFF seeking donations for building

Families Feeding Families is seeking help to build a facility to serve meals every day and their fundraising plans have been disrupted since last spring because of the pandemic. The organization … more

Wests to celebrate 70 years of marriage

Jay and Edna West of Durant were high school sweethearts and will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. Jay Phelps married Edna Fay McCullough in Clio, Michigan, on August 19, 1950. Jay … more

DIA expanding focus to business retention

The Durant Industrial Authority is broadening its focus by lending support to local businesses in addition to recruiting new industry. “We’re trying to rebrand the DIA,” said … more

Band camp continues

The Pride of Durant High School Band continues marching through band camp with full-day practices this week. Band director Chris Gregg said the students practice outside in the morning and spend … more

Truck wreck injures one

Highway 91 east of Colbert was closed for three hours and 20 minutes after a semi truck overturned Monday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. Forty-six-year-old Laramie Cole of Sherman, Texas, was … more

Lady Lions hopeful for return to field on Tuesday

On the verge of beginning the softball season earlier this week, the Durant Lady Lions had things shut down for two weeks after a player tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. After consulting … more

Ribbon cutting for The Classy Classroom

A ribbon cutting by the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce was held Thursday for The Classy Classroom, 306 W. Main St. in downtown Durant. They carry a full line of classroom decor, curriculum material, … more

Boys & Girls Club to benefit from Coronavirus Relief Funds

The Boys & Girls Club of Durant has been operating through the summer without any issues from Covid-19 and the organization is going to be a part of a statewide $15 million program to operate … more

Choctaw Nation employs behavioral health public safety liaison

Mental Health care is at the forefront of the Choctaw Nation’s public health initiatives and Behavioral Health Public Safety Liaison is now at work, providing assistance both to law enforcement … more

Durant High School Band Camp begins

The Durant High School Pride of Durant Band Camp began Monday morning at the high school and band members are shown practicing Tuesday for the upcoming season. Durant High School band director … more

Protesters want tribal leaders to go slow

Some members of the Five Civilized Tribes envision more than just cross-deputization and expanded legal authority in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court Ruling. A small group of demonstrators … more
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