DURANT, Okla. -- One of the most significant parts of Durant's Centennial Celebration is the dedication of the new clock tower. City Leaders say the tower represents the past one hundred years and marks the beginning of their future. Senator Jay Paul Gumm was there to mark this event. “By dedicating this clock, and putting it here in market square we're laying the foundation for another hundred years. To make sure that the next generation of young Durant residents have a better future than my generation did and that is our ultimate responsibility; what we're working so hard to make happen."
Mayor Jerry Tomlinson says recent activity has increased downtown. He says he is hopeful the area will soon be booming the way it was so many years ago. "There have been more events here in the past year than probably in the last 20 years, so we're excited about that, the community is excited about that."
Amy weaver of the Oklahoma Centennial Commission says that community members in Durant should be proud of themselves for helping make the centennial year a success.
"I want to applaud the citizens of Durant for coming together and really making great improvements to your community."