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VFW presents checks to three organizations

After receiving a grant from the Veteran of Foreign Wars, the Durant VFW Chapter 3916 was able to enrich three local organizations.Jack Accountius, Commander of VFW Chapter 3916, recently presented a … more

Choctaw Nation opens new headquarters

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma held a ribbon cutting June 26 to celebrate opening its new headquarters at 1802 Chukka Hina. The 500,000-square-foot, five-story building houses services such as tribal … more

Voters give thumbs down to bond, sunset plans

Durant voters soundly rejected propositions for a $20 million bond to improve city streets and the repeal of the sunset provision in a sales tax that has been paying capital improvement debt in the … more

Bond election for roads and repeal of sales-tax sunset defeated

Voters said “no” to a $20 million bond to improve city streets and to repeal a sunset provision of a sales tax that has been paying capital improvement debt.Proposition One, the sales-tax … more

Streets, pot and taxes all on ballot today

The polls opened at 7 a.m. today for the 2018 Primary elections. Voters will have until 7 p.m. tonight to make their voices heard not only on who will represent them in the general election, but also … more

Three RUSO schools, including SE, anticipate saving $2.7 million

Cost-savings, efficiencies, and improved services to students are just three reasons a trio of universities in the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) are collaborating on a new technology … more

Governor’s race, marijuana vote top Oklahoma primary ballot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The race for Oklahoma’s open governor’s seat, especially among a crowded Republican field, and whether to allow medicinal marijuana headline the ballot in the … more

Chickasaw Summer Camp includes examination of Kennedy assassination

Eighteen high school students participated in the Chickasaw Summer Leadership Academy, held June 10-16 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.The week’s activities included team building, … more

Choctaw Nation to show off its new home

A bronze sculpture of a Choctaw direction pole stands straight and tall at the entrance of the new Choctaw Nation Headquarters building in Durant. According to Choctaw Chief Greg Batton that means … more

Democratic women hold forum and speaking

A packed room of voters got their money’s worth June 19 at the Democratic Speaking and Candidate Forum sponsored by the Bryan County Federation of Democratic Women at Roma Restaurant in Durant, … more

Officer training held for DAV

SubmittedThe Disabled American Veterans (DAV) held their annual department, state service officer training and convention recently at the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa.The local commander of DAV 26, … more

Oklahoma Supreme Court voids challenge to teacher pay tax

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Friday that an initiative petition that would overturn a package of tax hikes for funding teacher pay raises and public schools is … more

Firefighters respond to arson fire

Staff reportThe Durant Fire Department extinguished a fire at an unoccupied house that was caused by arson, according to a DFD report.Firefighters were dispatched at 3:24 a.m. Tuesday to 418 N.E. … more

Local man charged with assaulting EMTs

Staff reportA Durant man has been hit with felony charges for allegedly assaulting EMTs.Alan Wayne Hamilton, 33, of Durant, was charged this week with two counts of assault and battery on an … more

Some of United Way’s biggest fans

The United Way accepted a donation of 50 box fans from OG&E Wednesday, June 20 at the United Way office in Durant. From left, United Way volunteer Christopher Cook; Robert Holliday, community … more

Potential treasurers to be interviewed during closed meeting

The Durant City Council is planning to take the next step in its search for a new treasurer during an executive session at a special meeting called for Thursday night.“City staff is … more

June 20 is deadline for absentee ballots

Wednesday, June 20 is the deadline for registered voters in Bryan County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the June 26 Bryan County primary and special election, County Election … more

St. John’s to host summer party

Staff ReportSt. John’s Episcopal Church will celebrate summer this Saturday, June 23 with a Summer Festival.Fr. James Blagg, rector of St. John’s, said everyone is invited to come to the … more

Welcome Home, Marine

Reuben Babcock, a former mechanic in the Durant City Garage, returned to Durant while on leave from the United States Marine Corps. To welcome Babcock home and honor him for his service, the city … more

Democratic Women to hold candidate forum

A week before the June 26 Primary Election, the Bryan County Federation of Democratic Women offers local voters a rare opportunity — a speaker, Blake Cummings; and a forum with three … more
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