Area News

Ice storm creates emergency blood shortage, OBI calls for all donors

Oklahoma Blood Institute is experiencing an emergency blood shortage and is issuing an urgent call for donors of all blood types. A rare ice storm that affected much of the service area has caused additional closures and cancellations, adding to the already critical problem of continuous blood drive cancellations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Oklahoma Blood…

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Six presidential candidates, two state questions on Tuesday’s ballot

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the November 3rd General Election, Murray County Election Board Secretary Tommie Grimes said. Please keep the following information and tips in mind as the election approaches. Early voting will be available at the Murray County Expo Center located at 3490 Highway 7 Sulphur, from 8.a.m. to 6…

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Suspended sentence revoked two-and-a-half years later

The Murray County Jail is currently housing inmate Benjamin Petty. In the summer of 2016, a 13-year-old girl said she was raped by 36-year-old Petty while she was at a church camp at Falls Creek. This case resulted in public scrutiny that later led to the resignation of Assistant District Attorney David Pyle. On June 24, 2016, Benjamin…

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Work to begin on new bison enclosure

Work on Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s new bison enclosure is scheduled to begin in late October. Planning for this project began in 2017. Work scheduled for this fall includes surveying and staking the fence line, as well as some vegetation removal to prepare the site for fencing. Visitors to the park may see machinery in…

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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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