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Life goes on in Anadarko

BY RON JACKSON Modified: December 18, 2009 at 1:38 pm •  Published: September 12, 2009
Dunlap spends her days retracing faces and moments in her mind. They are images that might solve this case.

"I think about it all the time,” Dunlap said. "Of course, at the time when you’re meeting people, you’re not thinking of anything. But now ... I have thoughts — thoughts I have shared with authorities.”

Newspaper to rebuild
The Anadarko Daily News staff members remain dedicated to covering the pastor’s slaying and other news despite their recent hardship. Editor and co-publisher Carolyn McBride said the newspaper’s 11 employees continue to churn out the local news in cramped quarters behind an art gallery.

Despite the fire, the newspaper never missed an issue.

Thanks to the generosity of The El Reno Tribune and the dedication of the Daily News staff, the newspaper is printed daily after a 51-mile drive to downtown El Reno.

"Our readers paid for a newspaper, and we felt like we owed them a newspaper, or at least the best we could give them under the circumstances,” McBride said. "Our readers have been amazing. We haven’t heard one complaint. Everyone has been so understanding. And our staff has been great.

"We’ve gotten the newspaper out because everyone is willing to work crazy hours.”

Normalcy may return soon for the staff. Pending insurance approval, The Anadarko Daily News will rebuild on the downtown lot where it has served customers since 1937.

"We’re not going anywhere,” McBride promised. "This is what we do.” has disabled the comments for this article.


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