The Duncan Banner


  • Decades later, shock remains

    The memory is still vivid. Nov. 22, 1963. Shortly after 1 p.m. A Friday. Sophomore year in high school. Walking down the second floor hallway to an English class.
    Over the public address system came a familiar voice, that of the principal. The announcement was shocking. President John Kennedy had been shot, possibly killed.
    Laughter stopped. Jokes subsided. Conversations ended. Girls cried. Disbelief reigned.
    Last week, visiting Dallas, I relived the horror and the feeling was much like that I recall 18 years ago. I was limp.

    December 1, 2013

  • At least there’s a music soundtrack for Black Friday

    When I started to spoon out some dressing from the Thanksgiving turkey, what came out was a dollop of the sticky notes that serve as my memory. Talk about dry — but they were well-seasoned:
    Count me among the folks who would rather be tossed naked into a briar patch than spend one nano-second in the Black Friday mosh pit that has eliminated “thanks” from the Thanksgiving holiday. (OK, I’ll pause a moment to let you erase the vision of me naked from your mind’s eye!)
    Anyway, I’m not much of a shopper to begin with, and the thought of participating in the Black Friday is less appealing than drinking gasoline to cure strep throat. But I did find one thing that was kinda cool about this shopping insanity. It was a list called the Top 20 Songs for Black Friday, which was compiled by Michael Saltsman for the Wolfgang’s Vault website.

    December 1, 2013

  • Filing opportunity opens for leaders

    The opportunity is here. The window of time is brief. The importance of consideration is critical. And the decisions are important.
    It is filing time for political offices, time for current leaders to re-commit, time for people with a vision to emerge, time for citizens to pay their civic rent.
    The process begins tomorrow.

    December 1, 2013

  • Bennett’s example a model for teachers

    While there are a number of teachers within the Duncan Public Schools System worthy of attention for their work in the classroom, the selection of Tammy Bennett as teacher of the year for 2013-14 is no surprise.
    Nominated by her peers and selected from a group of nine quality candidates, Bennett may well be a mold for teachers in the future.

    December 1, 2013

  • Blessings surround us all daily

    It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving Day is less than a week away. It seems like only yesterday we were all planning summer vacations, getting ready for a new school year or marking down key football games on a fresh, clean schedule.
    Now, you’re looking forward to a nice visit with your family or relatives you don’t often see. Visions of that traditional, bountiful meal, stimulating conversations and a day far from the pressures of work are on your mind.

    November 24, 2013

  • Giving thanks for things I ‘don’t’ have

    Thursday, we’ll gather once again around the turkey, ham, clove-spiked chunk of Spam or whatever dish is the traditional family entree in your tribe.
    It’s good we set aside at least one day each year to pause and draw strength from one another, and to give thanks for what we have.
    However, on Thanksgiving Day 2003, I’ll be breaking with the tradition of acknowledging what I have and instead, I’ll be giving thanks for what I do not have. See, in the universal scope of have-ness, it’s the things I do not have that make me most thankful.

    November 24, 2013

  • Special thoughts for Thanksgiving

    As we enjoy the splendor of a beautiful holiday season, one that can’t be spoiled by recent dreary weather, let us all find peace, joy and comfort in the holiest of words taken from The Reformation Study Bible.

    November 24, 2013

  • New owners offer stability, optimism

    The acquisition of automobile dealerships for Chrysler-Dodge-Ram-Jeep and Chevrolet-Buick-GMC by Randy Byford and David LeNorman is good news for Duncan, Stephens County and southwest Oklahoma.

    November 24, 2013

  • Teacher honorees have all served well

    One of nine nominees will be chosen Duncan’s Teacher of the Year this week. Before one is singled out, let’s offer a word of praise about them all.
    Tammy Bennett, Duncan Middle School; Denise Clark, Duncan High School; Amy Benton, Horace Mann Elementary; Christy Jarboe, Emerson Elementary; Holly Kelly, Will Rogers Pre-Kindergarten; Kyle McPherson, Plato Elementary; Cindy Millirons, Woodrow Wilson Elementary; Lisa Snider, Duncan High; and Michelle Spurgin, Mark Twain Elementary have been selected best-of-the best.

    November 17, 2013

  • Numerical snapshot counts, too

    Today’s message, brought to you from the Oklahoma Policy Institute, focuses more on numbers than words and outlines how we compare with other counties in Oklahoma. The snapshot of how we rank among other counties is an interesting one.
    Formed in 2008 as a non-profit organization based in Tulsa, the institute is an independent think tank that provides timely and credible information, analysis and ideas.  Its annual statistical research provides comparative data on health, education and the economy for all 77 Oklahoma counties.

    November 17, 2013


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State Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton
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