Regional High School Bowling Tournament The Durant High School Bowling Conference dominated the Regional High School Tournament held Saturday, Feb 16, at Great Balls of Fire in McAlester.
The Durant boys Team won the Championship in it’s division, while the Caddo girls team was Runner-Up in it’s division.
Both teams qualified and will compete in the Oklahoma High School Championships next Saturday at Andy B’s Bowling Center in Tulsa. The Durant Boys Team has qualified to compet...
Union Pacific to upgrade railroad crossing on Main Street Main Street in Durant from First Avenue to Malone Street at the Union Pacific railroad crossing will be closed from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management announced.
Union Pacific will be upgrading the Main Street crossing and motorists will have to detour around the construction area. The closing will be for Thursday only.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and watch for construction workers.
Okla. panel approves rejection of health care law
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state legislator called on his colleagues Tuesday to formally reject federal health care reform, arguing that Oklahoma should add its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the law.
Legislation from Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, would essentially declare President Barack Obama’s health care law unconstitutional and void in the state. Although it would carry little weight, Ritze argued that approval of the m...
Durant students are ahead of the curve A new, tougher common core for all grades and subjects in schools across the country will soon get its first testing in Oklahoma, but young Durant students are well ahead of the curve — working with the new Common Core Standards since September.
DISD Superintendent Jason Simeroth says, “We wanted to get started on it so we introduced it in all classes from kindergarten through third grade, and so far it’s going well.” It’s too soon to measu...
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Okla. Legislature to have $7B to spend on budget
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will have $7 billion in revenue to spend on the coming fiscal year’s budget, an increase of $212 million over what was appropriated last year, a state panel determined Tuesday.
The figures approved by the State Board of Equalization are for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Gov. Mary Fallin said her priorities for the additional revenue are increased funding for public education and a pr...
Okla. Senate panel kills stricter smoking bans OKLAHOMA CITY— An Oklahoma Senate panel snuffed out efforts Monday to allow cities to enact stricter smoking bans, despite strong support from the governor and state health officials.
The Senate General Government Committee voted 6-2 against the proposal that was endorsed by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin in her State of the State address. The legislation would have allowed local governments to adopt stricter smoking ordinances than state law....
Bennington School to hold dinner and bond discussion Bennington Public schools has announced that a spaghetti dinner will be held on Feb. 26 to discuss an upcoming bond election.
Flyers will be sent out to the community announcing details of the event.
Superintendent Donna Anderson said that she wants the community to have all the details and to discuss the bond
Anderson invites everybody in the Bennington School District to attend the dinner and discuss what the $800,000 bond will mean f...
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Bill laying out parent ‘bill of rights’ advances OKLAHOMA CITY — A parental “bill of rights” was approved in a House committee Monday, pushing to the floor a proposal designed to prevent the government from interfering with how parents raise their children.
The House Human Services Committee approved the bill from Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, by a 6-3 vote.
Kern told The Associated Press that this “bill of rights” gives nothing new to Oklahoma parents except to state explicitly tha...
Crash claims the life of a Durant boy Matt Swearengin
and Jessica Breger
Democrat News Staff
An 11-year-old boy was killed Sunday in a single-vehicle crash on a county road south of Blue, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.
Joseph Miller was pronounced dead at the scene of the 3:40 p.m. crash. According to the patrol, Miller was a passenger in an SUV driven by Clyde Rual Powell, 28, Durant. Powell was traveling westbound on Rock Creek Road when he lost control of his vehicl...
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