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It’s hard to be one of the first to do important things — the first in a family to graduate, the first to walk on the moon, the first at so many of life’s milestones. These “firsts” often pave the way for others. Duncan is going to honor one of their trail blazers, Grace Lane.

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The Meridian Volunteer Fire Department got together to celebrate one of their own, Ben Cheek, who has given his time to keep his friends and neighbors safe for 50 years and has been the chief for about as long too.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Amid growing public concern about the fairness and reliability of the conviction and death sentence of Julius Jones, numerous letters of support from bipartisan and prominent civil rights leaders, faith leaders, experts on criminal justice policy, and others accompanied Jones’ application for clemency which was filed Tuesday.

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Youths 17 and younger who want an early chance to take a deer with a firearm can venture to the woods today though Sunday for the 2019 Youth Deer Gun Season.

A 36-year-old Waynoka man was injured Thursday evening in a single-vehicle crash in Woods County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is reporting.

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Thanks to the restructuring of class schedules at Tahlequah High School to allow for one extra period this year, the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program has more than 130 students participating, learning life lessons and taking in valuable experiences.

The late May flooding of the Arkansas River swallowed 833 buildings beneath the rapidly rising waters, displacing 500 families. Between the damage to buildings and stoppages at the Port of Muskogee, the estimated damage to the county may crest at $500 million, said Muskogee County District 1 Commissioner Ken Doke.

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QUAPAW, Okla. — After traveling more than a thousand miles in livestock trailers over 28 hours, a herd of 31 bison from Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona have a new home with the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma.

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As Enid’s 10-year contract with Suddenlink Com­munications nears its end, public sentiment toward the cable provider continues to sour, with many voicing frustrations over the quality of service they’ve seen.

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Duncan Fire Department has reported that there was damage to one single apartment at the Gardens Apartments located on 27th Street and Duncan Pointe Wednesday evening.

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Knowing what to say is hard for many people, but sometimes someone’s life might be on the line which is why the local HeartLine organizations hopes to offer training for people to “ASIST” in saving a life. 

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An 18-year-old now sits in jail with a $500,000 bond after a school resource officer approached Duncan Police detectives and reported a school threat on Monday, Oct. 14.

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ENID, Okla. — A nurse and officer at Vance Air Force Base pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to receiving more than $620,000 in kickbacks in an illegal pharmacy referral scheme.

Over the years, many musical artists have utilized alter egos or pseudonyms to release material that is somewhat different than their normal material or from a completely different genre. The recent Ken Burns documentary, “Country Music,” briefly touched on some of the characters in country music that evolved from alter egos.

Veterans, civic organizations, schools and individuals are being sought to participate in the annual Veterans Day Parade, set for 11 a.m. Nov. 9 on the downtown Square in Enid.

The 2019 Major League Baseball World Series is edging closer, standing as a high-profile example of how today's game is comprised of players from various backgrounds and ethnicities, and it's a sport played all over the world.

KANSAS, Okla. — Residents concerned about air quality near poultry feeding operations near homes and schools in northeastern Oklahoma expect to learn by January whether funding will be awarded for a study proposed by University of Oklahoma researchers. 

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A 26-year-old Enid woman arrested last week by a Garfield County Sheriff's Office deputy was charged Tuesday with two counts of trafficking in illegal drugs.

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Across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities — along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff and others — will honor the individual rights of residents who live in long-term care facilities by celebrating Residents’ Rights Month. 

Last year, the Enid nonprofit equine therapy center swept with a crew of eight, taking home all gold and one silver medal, according to Bennie's Barn founder Chip Baker.

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The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee held an Agri-Business Appreciation Dinner at Indian Capital Technology Center on Tuesday evening. 

To help parents who have to work or go to school during Fall Break, the Islamic Society of Stillwater is inviting students of all ages to attend a free day camp at the center, located at 616 N. Washington St. The camp will be held 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

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Attorneys with pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson asked a Cleveland County district judge Tuesday to reduce the amount of money he ordered the company to pay Oklahoma by $355 million.

Jaleah Taylor made a lot of fond memories growing up in the Bahamas before coming to Oklahoma to attend Eastern Oklahoma State College to play soccer.

CHECOTAH - Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center has announced a fun-filled educational weekend for families and students alike. The biannual reenactment of the Civil War Battle of Honey Springs will take place at the Honey Springs Battlefield near Checotah on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3.

John Hester smiled as he walked into the McAlester Regional AirCare office to a surprise retirement party with colleagues and family.

EDMOND, Okla. — Craig McAlister on Saturday resigned as the University of Central Oklahoma's head hockey coach citing health concerns.

Holdenville police have arrested a suspect in connection with the Thursday murder of 23-year-old Tyler Melton in Ada.

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PAOLI [ndash] Services for Sandra Elizabeth Allred, 68, of Paoli and formerly of Allen are at 2 p.m. Monday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. Keith Warren will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Ada. Mrs. Allred passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at her home. Sh…

SEMINOLE [ndash] Services for Douglas Lynn Hatton, 72, of Seminole are at 10 a.m. Monday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Bill Burns will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. The Chickasaw Nation Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the cemetery. Mr. Hat…

ARANSAS PASS, Texas [ndash]The Rev. Don Louis Delaplain, born Dec. 27, 1930, in Seminole, received his final call Oct. 3, 2019, and "crossed the river" to the Promised Land, where he was welcomed by his Lord and Savior and reunited with his beloved wife and daughter, parents and siblings, an…

ALLEN [ndash] Services for Kevin Scott Tate, 56, of Terrell, Texas, and formerly of Allen are at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Richmond Avenue Free Will Baptist Church in Allen. The Rev. Buddy Drake will officiate. Burial will follow at Allen Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the Allen Chap…