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Thomas Ryan Krech, a Tennessee man who went on a spree of threatening note drops, two of which were in Stephens County, is now in custody according to Sheriff Wayne McKinney.

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Procrastinators beware, today from 4 to 8 p.m. is entry time for the Stephens County Free Fair. The soft opening is today, Aug. 21, with the entry of items for OHCE, 4H, horticulture, text tiles and science exhibits in the Expo Building out front.

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Wichita Mountains Prevention Network (WMPN) and The Pathways to a Healthier You hosted their third annual “Community Champions” coalition awards given to local law enforcement, prosecutors and others who help with the prevention and enforcement of rules which keep the county safer.

OKLAHOMA CITY — A top state utility regulator is questioning why lawmakers still require millions of Oklahomans to subsidize rural phone and internet access.

The Board of Stephens County Commissioners had their regular meeting and after the regular beginning paperwork, they went into executive session.

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Two local entities are joining up for an event for youth and their families to learn more about youth substance abuse prevention and a free movie to follow.

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Two were sent to jail after troopers discovered alleged meth use in a home where minor children reside while investigating the cause of a collision from last week.

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The Duncan Fire Department (DFD) and Duncan Police responded  to a house fire around 7 p.m. Sunday at 6th and Maple, as residents in an above garage apartment took a leap for their safety as their only staircase was set ablaze. DFD Chief Dayton Burnside said the cause of the fire appeared to…

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Workers walk with determination, often with folders, printouts and more thicker than an unabridged version of the Bible, the smell of old books and papers lingers in the air and warnings about food and drinks common on doors.

Voters in Stephens County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the Sept. 10 Stephens County Special election should apply now. Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, the board urges voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early.

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Stephens County Free Fair is almost upon us and there is less than a week to put the final touches on any items for the exhibits or to give your animals a much needed trim. The Stephens County Free Fair will be ready to go on Aug. 21.

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Reducing the use of drugs and alcohol for youth is a constant goal for the partnership between Wichita Mountains Prevention Network (WMPN) and The Pathways to a Healthier You.

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Two local legislators were honored by the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Association (ODAA) during their meeting earlier this week. Three were awarded the “Liberty Bell Award”. The prestigious award is given to non-legal associated members of the community who contribute to the greater good of…

Phone scams are once again making rounds in Stephens County. This time, the caller on the other end of the line is claiming they are with Social Security Administration (SSA) and they are threatening prosecution.

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The Comanche -Empire District Fair was in full swing Friday as the exhibits were judged the the local OHCE clubs served up stew and more for their annual fundraiser. The district fair continued today with the livestock shows starting at 8 a.m. at the Comanche Ag barn.

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Shane Josiah Kirk, a man accused of killing his step-father and his wife, could face the death penalty if he is found guilty of the double homicide.

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Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation President and CEO Lyle Roggow took home accolades earlier this week when he was named Oklahoma’s Economic Development Professional of the Year for 2019.

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Many in the town of Velma-Alma will have no internet until Windstream, an internet service provider, can find a cut cord. 

The Duncan Municipal Cemetery will have the water shut off in blocks of the cemetery while they are doing research, maintenance and repairs. The water was shut off Aug. 14 and there is no expected date of return of service at this time.

Knowing your rights and what to do when they are broken is important to everyone, which is why Safe Center and Oklahoma Legal Aid have joined forces to host workshops on different legal topics.

State Sen. Paul Scott, R-Duncan, said he’s planning to hold a interim study at the Capitol about the issue. A constituent complained that he had to change his number because he was receiving so many robocalls.

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While not leaving too quickly, Stacy Cramer Moore, the executive director for the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center (CTHC), will soon be the director of tourism for the City of Shawnee.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt ceremoniously signed legislation from Sen. Paul Scott, which will reinstate a $5,000 tax exemption for foster parents inside the State of Oklahoma.

COMANCHE — The workers at Comanche Electric were honored by the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO). Comanche placed first in the MESO’s annual Electric Safety Competition for 2018 in the category for cities with under 10,000 population.

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One vehicle was struck by a southbound train near Fuller Rd. at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday. 

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Emergencies often happen at unexpected times and can sometimes leave those involved feeling helpless or confused.

Tuesday brought just a little bit of rain through Stephens County and as a result, The Banner was unable to retrieve a dog for Take Out Tuesday. To keep in tradition with our normal days off, we’ve once again visited in the cattery so we can feature some feline friends this week until we have a pup back in the office.

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A new Oklahoma law which will take effect Nov. 1 is set to help women in the state become better informed on a condition which could make breast cancer difficult to detect.

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Duncan Public Schools showed the L.O.V.E to their certified teachers and support personnel during the Tuesday breakfast by giving a retention incentive to all returning staff to kick off the school year.

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The train derailment at Duncan’s Kiddieland that injured at least 10 was caused by brake failure and the traveling speed, according to an Oklahoma Department of Labor report.

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Building one-on-one relationships with students in the Duncan Public Schools system is One True Light’s mission. Friday, that mission received a boost thanks to a $5,000 donation made by the Arvest Foundation.

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One True Light is hoping it’s friends and supporters will give their “clicks” so they can be in the running for a grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program to benefit Link ONE Mentoring. 

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The Chisholm Trail Arts Council (CTAC) gallery was full of artists, members and those who just wanted to see what it was all about on Friday evening where they were treated to one of the largest showings CTAC has hosted.

Stephens County Commissioners conducted a quick, routine meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, during which board members approved receipt of an audit, talked about a project out in the Bray area and turned their focus to the upcoming fair.

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Saturday morning, volunteers from Stephens, Comanche and Jefferson counties met and were trained to collect signatures in support of putting Medicaid expansion on the 2020 Oklahoma ballot.

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After Facebook posts started circulating about potential abductors trying to lure children away from their home, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has confirmed this did not happen and it was simply a misunderstanding.

The Duncan Regional "Walk to Remember," is a community event to honor loved ones who have passed away. This year it was hosted on Thursday, Aug. 8. The event includes participants taking part in a short walk with the name of a loved one on a ribbon, and then at the end of the walk, participa…

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STONEWALL [ndash] Services for John Nevada Bettes, 67, of Stonewall are at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Stonewall First Baptist Church. Randy McCall will officiate. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Mr. Bettes passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at his home. He was born Jan. 16, 1952,…

ADA [ndash] Services for Alice Yvonne Low, 82, of Ada are at 10 a.m. Friday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. Her son, Darrin Low, will officiate. Burial will follow at Swan Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Low passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at her home. She was born May 5, 1937, at Ada to Truman…

LAVON, Texas [ndash] Services for Garry Don Daniels Sr., 65, of Lavon, Texas, and formerly of Ada are at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor F. D. Cochran will officiate. Mr. Daniels passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at his home in Lavon.

ADA [ndash] Graveside services for James Harry Stevens, 89, of Ada are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rosedale Cemetery. The Rev. Brian Matthews will officiate. The Chickasaw Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the cemetery. There will be a reception following the service at the First United…

STONEWALL [ndash] Memorial services for Royal David Hodge, 68, of Stonewall are at 10 a.m. Friday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. John Stephenson will officiate. Mr. Hodge passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at an Oklahoma City hospice house. He was born Dec. 12, 1950, in Ada to…