The Duncan Banner

Local News

August 23, 2013

Vigil to honor Chris Lane

DUNCAN — One week after the murder of Chris Lane, A Night of Healing and Hope event will honor his memory.

The service, hosted by Duncan First Baptist Church, is set to begin at 7 p.m. today on the playground of Plato Elementary. Bryan Pain, pastor of FBC, said the service is to have a dual purpose.

“The idea came about after visiting with people in the community on Monday and feeling an overwhelming burden that our community is hurting,” Pain said. “There hadn’t been any plans that we were aware of for a memorial or vigil in memory of Chris Lane and Sarah (Harper, Lane’s girlfriend) confirmed this.”

Focus on honoring Lane, an Australian, will be matched with the purpose of continuing the healing process for Duncan residents. Community leaders like Duncan Mayor Gene Brown will be speaking and local pastors will lead prayer times.

“My desire is to see a night where we can come together as a community to recognize there is hope in moving forward and there is healing to be found,” said Pain.

“We’re going to spend time praying for our community, our community leaders, the Lane and Harper families and peace and safety of the community as well.”

Other pastors who will help lead specific prayer times are Ron Meador of Bethel Assembly of God, Arnold Nelson of First Christian Church, Ronald Boyd of Antioch Baptist Church, Jared Whitehurst of Gatlin Baptist Church and Greg Tolle of First United Methodist Church.

“We really believe the community needs to come together in times like this,” Pain said. “We chose Friday because it will mark one week since Chris’ life was taken and it is a time for healing and hope.”

Text Only
Local News
  • City Council Water rationing specter suddenly produces a crowd

    The Duncan Council met again on Tuesday, as it does twice a month, but there was something different about the latest gathering -- there were more than a handful of people in the audience.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Main Street Duncan receives praise, funding

    Civic leaders on Tuesday endorsed the role of Main Street Duncan in improving the city and urged the council to approve the annual $20,000 contribution it makes to the nonprofit organization.

    July 23, 2014

  • Marlow city council opens fourth firefighter position

    Jason McPherson, Marlow city administrator, announced Tuesday evening that the potential task force for the Marlow fire department did not come together as planned.

    July 23, 2014

  • Stephens County unemployment below the state average

    Oklahoma experienced one of the largest increases in employment in the country for the month of June. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent, the lowest it has been in almost six years.

    July 23, 2014

  • Community Intervention Center faces budget cuts, layoffs

    While the Duncan Community Intervention Center faces a $126,476 budget reduction next year, it is only part of a $4,977,079 budget reduction by the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs.

    July 23, 2014

  • Library Teen Volunteers Library shows appreciation for teen volunteers

    To show her appreciation for her summer help, Duncan children’s librarian Darbie LaFontain headed a thank you party for the teen volunteers.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • School supplies to be given to Velma children

    Velma children may receive free school supplies thanks to the Velma Volunteer Fire Department and the Velma EMS.

    July 23, 2014

  • 7-22 mainstreet.jpg Most Main Street Duncan members haven’t paid dues

    The new executive director of Main Street Duncan has her work cut out for her.
    The nonprofit organization, designed to pump life into Duncan’s historic down, has collected only 40 percent of the dues it is owed for the past year, according to records.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-22 CTHC Drawing Class2 0288.jpg Phillips leads creative process through Heritage Center art class

    Brenda Phillips took her art knowledge and applied it to two groups Monday.
    Phillips, an art teacher at Duncan High School, led a drawing class Monday at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, teaching two groups, youths and adults, the basics of drawing. Phillips will continue the two-day class today.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-22 Douglass Pool2 0295.jpg Douglass Pool splash pad work underway

    Douglass Pool may be only about a month away from becoming a splash pad.
    On Monday, City of Duncan workers began breaking up the concrete making up the pool deck. Dana Stanley, parks and cemetery superintendent for the city, said he hopes the slash pad project will be completed by the end of August to allow it to be used before the season comes to an end.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos