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Firefighters from around the Omaha metro area paid their respects to one of the longest serving paramedics in the state Tuesday in Fort Calhoun. Dennis M. Bender, a 50-year member of the Ponca … more
Two field fires called for mutual aid from more than a dozen different local departments Wednesday afternoon. A fire on county roads 36 and 31 near Kennard began with a house and a barn that … more
Manny Banner first sent an email regarding COVID-19 to the staff of Memorial Community Hospital and Health System (MCH) during the first week of February 2020. “It's in the country. We're … more
Blair Community Schools has earned the recognition as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education.” The honor was presented to the district by Doug Schmitt, co-owner of Schmitt … more
Singing, dancing and music filled the Lela Neve Auditorium on Tuesday for the annual Pops Concert at Blair High School. This was the first Pops Concert since 2019 after the 2020 event was canceled … more
A paramedic and firefighter with the Ponca Hills Volunteer Fire Department died Wednesday while fighting a large brush fire in rural Washington County. Dennis M. Bender, one of the longest serving … more
An Oklahoma police chief felt compelled to do what he could to help the family of a Blair teenager heal after she was killed by his officers. Muskogee Police Chief Johnny Teehee spoke during … more
At least 10 departments from two counties battled a barn fire, which spread to a field fire Wednesday afternoon south of Blair. Firefighters and Washington County sheriff's deputies responded to … more
Last March, schools across the country faced sudden shutdowns in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Superintendents across Washington County had countless meetings with their staff and local health officials to keep their students safe and learning. They learned adaptability as education went online.  more
The Muskogee Police Department released additional details Monday of an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of two Blair 17-year-olds in Oklahoma. Farrah Rauch was killed by … more
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