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Choctaw Nation Housing opens 40 new homes in Durant

The Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, opening 40 new lease-purchase (LEAP) homes. The LEAP program is designed to assist Choctaw tribal members to … more

Chickasaw Nation’s governor to seek 9th term, run with son

ADA (AP) — The Chickasaw Nation’s longtime governor has filed for a ninth consecutive term as the tribe’s leader and his son is joining him on the ticket. Gov. Bill Anoatubby … more

2 plans
In works
For city

With a deadline only four weeks away, the Durant Streets and Infrastructure Task Force is drafting proposals to finance street repairs. At its regular meeting Thursday, the Task Force assigned its … more

Meeting to be held about Jefferson Highway

Staff reports Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will be meeting next week with the Jefferson Highway Association and the organization is asking for support from Durant residents. The meeting will … more

Council gets look at budget

Durant City staff is finalizing the city’s budget for Fiscal 2019-20 and expects to have a completed spending plan for approval by the City Council on June 11. The council held a day-long … more

Magnolia Festival is underway

The 23rd Annual Magnolia Festival is underway and Durant Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janet Reed said it has much to offer visitors. “We have entertainment for the entire … more

Tentative date set for second Fair Board election

The Bryan County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Monday that sets in motion another election for members of the County fair board. The resolution sets an election for July 6, although … more

Southeastern Staff Association presents annual awards

The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Staff Association (SSA) presented many awards during its recent annual luncheon. Southeastern acting president Dr. Bryon Clark, SSA president Alisha … more

Magnolia Festival to kick off this week

The Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma has been held since 1997 in Durant and promises plenty of family fun throughout its three-day span. The event is hosted at the Choctaw Event Center beginning … more

Budget workshop tomorrow in City Hall

The Durant City Council will hold a budget workshop tomorrow. City Manager Tim Rundel said the workshop is an opportunity for the council to provide input and get information on the city’s … more

Ride keeps history, culture alive

Jim Freeny lives in Spring, Texas, and is proud of his Choctaw heritage. Last year, he was reading the Biskinik, the Choctaw tribal newspaper, and saw a story about a bike tour along the Trail of … more

Lake Texoma visitors must be cautious

While much of Oklahoma is dealing with major flooding, Lake Texoma officials say the lake will be spared the worst of the rain. However, they say the tourists expected to flood the area over the … more

Speaking up for Apraxia Kids

Emma Burkhart, 11, center, and her mother Melisa, center left, smile as Durant Mayor Oden Grube proclaims May 14 as “Apraxia Awareness Day” in Durant. Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a … more

SBA assistance available to those affected by storms

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Oklahoma businesses and residents affected by tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred April 30 – May 10, … more

Oklahoma lawmakers end early, give new governor policy wins

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature finished the session early on Thursday, ending its first with new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who checked nearly every item off his to-do list and … more

KTC receives new welding equipment

The Kiamichi Technology Center in Durant recently obtained two pieces of equipment for its welding program as the result of a grant awarded last fall by Midship Pipeline. The campus purchased a … more

DUI checkpoint planned in county

As part of a crackdown on holiday weekend intoxicated driving, a sobriety checkpoint is scheduled for Bryan County Friday evening, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. OHP, the Bryan County … more

‘Splash Day’ is Saturday

Though the weather has been rainy, the heat of summer is on its way and they City of Durant is ready to help residents cool off. This Saturday will be “Splash Day” at the Durant … more

Rain and flooding continues in state

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Waterlogged parts of the central U.S. braced Wednesday for more rain, following days of severe storms that have battered Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma and caused at … more

City Manager off Norman’s radar

Durant City Manager Tim Rundel said he is no longer a finalist for the city manager spot in Norman. “I have been informed by the recruiter that Norman has decided to go with a different … more
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