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Train derails at Bokchito

Kiamichi Railroad workers were on the scene this morning after train cars derailed at Bokchito. No one was injured and the cause of the accident is under investigation. more

Putting out the welcome mat

Approximately 75 people showed up to help Durant put its best foot forward this past Saturday in preparation for a visit by an internet business makeover show. “We actually finished by 11 … more

Shorter council meetings?

The Durant City Council has implemented a plan to streamline its regular council meetings. “It’s an attempt to help reduce the time of some of our longer meetings,” said Mayor … more

Glendel Rushing retires as longest-serving assessor

If Glendel Rushing had found a job teaching in Bryan County, he may never have served more than half a century as Bryan County Assessor. Rushing, who retired in December after serving as county … more

SE Aviation to hold open house

Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host an Aviation Open House from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Aviation Visitation Day is designed for high school junior and seniors … more

Registration continues as spring classes begin January 14

Registration is still open for students interested in attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University this spring. For registration information, contact the office of admissions and recruitment … more

SE Aviation to hold open house

Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host an Aviation Open House from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Aviation Visitation Day is designed for high school junior and seniors … more

Wastewater collection overwhelmed by rain

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of stories on Durant’s infrastructure needs based on a report presented to the Durant City Council last summer by Brandon Wall of Wall … more

By Mary E. Maurer
For the Democrat

On the night of December 17, 1915, a young girl named Pauline fell asleep in her bedroom. A short while later her mother, in the room next door, heard groaning and sent her husband to investigate. He … more

Judge steps aside in
Rundel/Grube lawsuit

Bryan County District Court Judge Mark Campbell has recused himself from the defamation lawsuit Durant City Manager Tim Rundel has filed against the city and City Councilmember Oden Grube. The case … more

Man killed in ATV accident

A Bokchito man was killed in an all terrain vehicle crash over the Christmas holiday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. The body of 52-year-old John Thomas was found at approximately 12:30 p.m. … more

Choctaw Casinos & Resort donates to Susan G. Komen

A formal check presentation was held on Tuesday at Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant to present the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Tulsa with $160,000 to help educate, fight and detect breast … more

Republicans support Durant’s campaign

Durant’s campaign to be on an online small business makeover program has moved to the state capitol. New-elected state senator David Bullard, R-Dist. 6, said he brought the campaign to a … more

Shoppers Dash for Cash in Durant

Two Durant shoppers got a little padding in their Christmas budgets courtesy of the Durant Main Street’s Dash for Cash promotion and Discover Durant grant. Teddie Gabbart won a $1,500 … more

Bryan County Farm Service
Agency announces election results

Bryan County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that Jeanette Bowles of Colbert was elected to represent her local administrative area (LAA) 3 during the recent … more

Imagining the Hotel Durant

The Hotel Durant, recently revealed by the beginning stages of a building remodel by Curt Walker, was once the vision of a handful of Durant citizens who realized that the successful future of their … more

Capacity, sludge major
issues at wastewater plant

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of stories on Durant’s infrastructure needs based on a report presented to the Durant City Council last summer by Brandon Wall of Wall … more

‘Shop with a Cop’ a success

Staff report The annual Shop with a Cop event was held Wednesday at Walmart and organizers say it was a success. Shop with a Cop is sponsored by the Durant Police Reserves with other volunteers … more

Employment of support personnel approved at school board meeting

Staff report Support personnel were hired and resignations were announced at a recent meeting of the Durant Board of Education. The board approved the hiring of Gary Hicks as a transportation … more

Leaking like a sieve

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories on Durant’s infrastructure needs based on a report presented to the Durant City Council last summer by Brandon Wall of Wall … more
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