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Red Dirt Report turns 10!

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I can remember the Fourth of July runnin’ through the backwood bare / And I can still hear my old hound dog barkin’, chasin’ down a hoodoo there / Chasin’ down a hoodoo there …” – “Born on the Bayou” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969).

OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s truly hard to believe, but the same day America turns 241 years old, Red Dirt Report turns 10 years old!

Honestly, we cannot believe a full decade has passed since the idea to morph from a simple blog into a full-fledged news and views (and much more) website for Oklahoma came to pass. A decade? Has it really been that long, y'all?

I guess so. All those informative and interesting stories. Uncovering greed and corruption. Highlighting the good things going on in our state. So much has happened in the span of 10 years. It's been an honor being a part of it.

Time to break out the champagne, and crank up some Creedence. As noted above, the song "Born on the Bayou" makes some sense. Not only the reference to a steamy, swampy "Fourth of July," but the bayou side of it as well.

As some readers may know, before landing in Oklahoma in 2005, after a series of hurricanes and other things, I hightailed it out of Louisiana - in the broad daylight, I might add. But I arrived in my new home of Oklahoma (working as a reporter down in Lawton for a spell) bringing a lot of knowledge and ideas from my time in Louisiana - bayou country. Full of hoodoos and mystery. Great stuff for writers with a certain bent. 

And it was in Louisiana where I got the idea to start a blog (inspired by The Dead Pelican) - and then focus on creating a website - essentially an online newspaper - that primarily focused on what was going on locally and around the state of Oklahoma. This reporter quickly discovered that there were many, many stories to tell. And we were excited to do the telling!

We've certainly grown in the past decade, with many writers and photographers contributing to this First Amendment project of ours, based here in Oklahoma City.

I won't drag this on, but I will say that we will be reposting some of our most popular, controversial and even weird and wild stories posted over the past 10 years. A little overview, which we will be rolling out over the coming weeks. If you have a particular favorite, let us know, and we will do our best to repost as well.

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And have a safe and happy Independence Day - and week, everyone!

There's still much more to come!

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Red Dirt Report was launched July 4, 2007 as an independent news website covering all manner of news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle stories that affect and interest Oklahoma readers and readers outside of our state. Our mission is to educate, promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, government and politics. Our experienced journalists provided balanced in-depth coverage of news stories that affect Oklahomans. Our opinion/editorial stories come from a wide range of political view points. We carry out our mission by reporting, writing, and posting news and information. read more

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