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Health Department issues Halloween guidance, festivity recommendations

The Oklahoma State Department of Health released today its guidance for people planning for Halloween and other fall festivities this holiday season as some traditional celebrations do not allow for proper social distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “There are a multitude of ways people can safely enjoy the holiday season this year, and connect with…

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Ultra4 National Championship begins Friday at Cross Bar Ranch

By Alisha Thompson Close your eyes. Imagine 44 vehicles turn over their engines at the same time. You’re listening to the hum of a combined 37,000 horse power in those motors ready and waiting for the green flag to drop. Your feet shake because of the power coming from millions of dollars worth of vehicles…

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Davis FFA officers reduce, renew and resolve

Sponsored by Public Service Company of Oklahoma Officers of the Davis FFA chapter participated in the 2020 Oklahoma FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference Sep. 8 at the Embassy Suites in Norman. The eight state FFA officers planned and conducted this year’s conference based on the theme, “Reduce, Renew, Resolve.” Elected officers from each of…

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Coronavirus climb finally hits Murray County

Murray County is now experiencing the surge of COVID-19 cases it has managed to avoid since the virus first entered Oklahoma seven months ago. In the past three weeks, the number of active cases of the virus has nearly quadrupled, from 17 active cases on Sept. 17, to 66 as of Tuesday. It is important…

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Analysis of state questions on Nov. 3 ballot

Two state questions will appear on the November 3 general election ballot. State Question 805 was placed on the ballot by gathering signatures from citizens; State Question 814 was referred to a vote of the people by the Oklahoma Legislature. Each question is reprinted here as it will appear on the ballot followed by a…

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Murray County 4-H hosts Honors Night

Murray County 4-H hosted its Honors Night on Sept. 24 at the Murray County Expo Center. Results of the night are listed below. Public Speaking Awards Illustrated Team Presentation: Junior Division (9-11years old): Grand Champion – Jackson Wilkins and Matthew Mayo. Intermediate Division (12-14 years old): Grand Champion – Laynie Bradley and Dayton Day. Power…

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Sulphur surge drives up county COVID numbers

Numbers of active cases of COVID-19 have increased for all five counties surrounding Davis in the last seven days. This has driven the total for the five-county area up to 373. Last week that number was 281. An outbreak in Sulphur drove the Murray County number to 46 active cases, up from 30 a week…

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General election deadlines have arrived

With election day now less than a month away, Murray County voters need a sense of urgency about registration and absentee voting. This Friday, Oct. 9, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election, Murray County Election Board Secretary Tommie Grimes…

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Tohnikas start new chapter at Immanuel

By Alisha Thompson The Tohnika’s have a lot to celebrate. Four weeks as the new pastors of Immanuel Baptist Church. The first Sunday, Sept. 5, Johnny preached was his birthday. The next Saturday they had a party to find out they are expecting a little boy in February of 2021. Life is good right now…

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Sulphur banker tapped to chair rehabilitation services commission

Sulphur banker and former lahoma state representative Wes Hilliard was elected chair at the September meeting of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services. Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, appointed Commissioner Hilliard to the Commission in July 2019. The Commission governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. The agency annually serves nearly 83,000 Oklahomans…

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