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State Question 794 deserves your approval

With a plethora of red, white, and blue placards waving in the autumn breezes, it is a simple deduction for Oklahoma voters to realize that the November 6 general election draws near. Amid the names … more

Michael made waves for me in Oklahoma

My friend’s voice sounded deceptively calm on the Facebook live broadcast.He walked around the newsroom of the Panama City News Herald and described the maelstrom outside. As he talked, I … more

Voting registration deadline is fast approaching

If you want to participate in our representative republic in the most direct way possible on Nov. 6 your last chance to sign up is only six days away.Friday, Oct. 12, is the last day to register to … more

Voting is a right, a privilege and a duty

I voted for the first time in 1960, a race when John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon were duking it out to be U. S. President. I was excited! For one thing, it was one more milestone that meant I was … more

Sometimes the news is good

You’re never too old to see something new. I am at a stage in my career where I can smile at young reporters when they talk about saving the world because I know that world doesn’t really … more

Fact-based criticism and discussion builds

Durant’s city manager tells a story about meeting a television reporter for the first time. As the young reporter prepared to interview the city official he made a statement we can only hope … more

Durant Industrial Authority could expand its mission

In the tussle among city government, downtown business, and the Durant Industrial Authority, all parties hold reasonable positions. The arguments are over legitimate issues of transparency, … more

Home is more than a shelter from the weather

I remember sitting in Spanish class in 1977. I was 14-years-old and listening to a classmate complain about moving. The way he carried on I figured he was moving to a dark corner of Africa, or the … more

Newspapers can’t make everybody happy all the time

“If everybody loved you, you’d be doing something wrong.” Bernie, from the 1994 film, “The Paper.”I moved to Bryan County in 2008. At the time, I was a copy editor for … more

The time for half measures has passed

The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.Winston … more

The Durant Industrial Authority is a solid investment

The Durant Industrial Authority (DIA) has been without a source of administrative funding since June when it broke from the City of Durant to find a new executive director. DIA board chairman Martin … more

Dear EditorOklahoma’s effort to strengthen crime victims’ rights will be the topic at the monthly meeting of the Bryan County Federation of Democratic Women September 18th.Joshua … more

Dear Editor,I have noticed in our paper where I saw lot of controversy over our road issue in Durant.May I please express my thoughts. First, let me say, we retired to the lake area in 1998 and love … more

Small business needs big business

As the Director of Durant Main Street, I focus on recruiting small, locally-owned businesses. I promote events like Shop Small Saturday, support the Independent We Stand movement, and believe it is … more

Food pantry blesses with more than food

I have worked at the food bank off and on for 15 years. Some people may say they can’t believe it, but I used to get up early and come in. Duane and I love the place.Ever since Duane graduated … more

Don’t let the South 9th Avenue Arts District Plan die

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’”John Greenleaf WhittierIt’s exciting to see good things happening in one’s … more

It’s time for the Fair!

In recent weeks, it has been our pleasure to report expansive growth in Bryan County. According to statistics, thanks to the Choctaw Nation and the Durant Industrial Authority, among others, more … more

Lets all welcome immigrants back to Durant

As any Native American in Durant can tell you, the rest of us are immigrants. Mexicans have the best standing as they were here long before the forced emigration of eastern tribes to Oklahoma in the … more


Dear Editor,The city council gave its approval to the continuation of the administrative cabal at city hall by making assistant city manager the city treasurer and making Judy Siemens financial … more

It’s time for city, voters to work together

Rushing into anything is usually not a good plan. When it comes to infrastructure, the city of Durant can proudly say it hasn’t rushed into anything.A trip down pretty much any city street is a … more
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