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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

A brief history of Cox Chapel Cemetery

In 1985, Hank Patterson, a life-long Boy Scout from Durant, agreed to “restore” Cox’s Chapel cemetery and thereby earn his Eagle Scout badge. Patterson was given permission for the … more

Chief Batton signs executive order after historic winter weather

Chief Gary Batton signed an Executive Order on Feb. 16, declaring a state of emergency, following the unprecedented winter weather that swept across the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The Executive … more

Oklahoma administers COVID-19 vaccine to Teacher of the Year finalists

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) opened COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers and Oklahomans with comorbidities Monday and kicked things off by vaccinating this … more

Deadline to request absentee ballots for Calera school bond election nears

Less than a week remains for registered voters in Bryan County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the March 2, 2021, Calera School Bond Election, County Election Board Secretary … more

Fire chief announces retirement

Durant Fire Chief Roger Joines announced he is retiring after serving for more than 30 years with the department and making many great memories through his career. Joines spoke at last … more

Having fun in the snow

Although it was still frigid cold, the sun came out Monday and many residents went to Carl Albert Park to sled down the hill, including Hannah Williams, front, and Emma White is behind her. Pushing … more

Temporary shelter opens for homeless.

As the temperatures dropped to record-breaking levels and snow fell over the weekend, several organizations worked together to provide food and shelter for the homeless. Brown’s Funeral Home … more
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