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Cardinal Glass celebrates 10 years in Durant

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Cardinal Glass LLC celebrated its 10th anniversary in Durant Saturday. The company invited the public along with city and community leaders to celebrate and tour the facility.Tours provided an inside look to the community, allowing them to see how glass is made and distributed from here in Durant.The company also provided hamburgers, hot dogs, snow cones and deserts to visitors as well as gifts for visiting the plant.Plant manager Shaun Banner said it’s great to be celebrating 10 years of Cardinal Glass operating in Durant.“It’s great to have a company that’s been able to be successful for 10 years and still looking to the future,” said Banner.


Authorities investigating burglaries of occupied homes

Several occupied homes were burglarized Friday, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Ken Golden said the parsonage at the Nazarene Church on Cale Switch Road was among those burglarized.The residents at that home were in the process of moving out, but were still living there, according to Golden, who said a couple of other occupied homes in the area were burglarized that night.The occupants discovered the burglaries the following mornin...

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Durant Daily Democrat is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making www.durantdemocrat.com, easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibi...

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Bryan County 4-H students get artsy

Last week’s 4-H day camp was conducted at Elements Art Center in Durant, where children were able to paint their own 4-H logos.The common four-leaf clover used to represent the club got some pretty colorful updates as each child made the symbol their own Thursday.Each child painted the symbol with some guidance, but the details and coloring were left up to the individual’s choice.Each of the 16 paintings reflecting the symbol that unites the childr...

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Common Core repeal has Oklahoma educators worried

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the Legislature’s repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they’re concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 states that have implemented the standards.Until Oklahoma develops its own new standards — a process expected to take at least two years — districts were directed by the new law to return to the Priority Academic Student Sk...

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Group hopes to build Oklahoma pop culture museum

TULSA (AP) — Jamie Oldaker toured the world drumming for the likes of Eric Clapton, among others, but he never lost touch with Oklahoma, where he honed the skills that enabled him to spend his life making music.Oldaker, who grew up in Tulsa, has lent his support to a group pushing for the construction of a museum that would showcase the many contributions to music, acting, writing and the arts by people with ties to the state.“People just need...

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A Senate Review by Senator Josh Brecheen

Last year, I coauthored Senate Bill 1062, which was signed into law and went into effect this month on July 1 . The new law created an administrative workers compensation system based on the highly successful Arkansas model. This month, the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensa...

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Bryan County native to lead Rebel basketball

Brett Frank has gone from the Ole Miss Rebels women’s basketball team to the Silo Rebels boys’ hoops.And from the sound of it, his new school might as well adopt a more descriptive mascot, like the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.“We will do a lot of conditioning,” the new head coach said. “My basketball philosophy is a very high-paced, transition-oriented, full-court press. We’re going to be going up and down the floor for 32 minutes and th...

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RCHS softballers make Heartland All-Star teams

Carol Ann Scott and Ashlynn Robinson of Rock Creek High School successfully tried out for the Heartland Softball All-Star Classic this summer.Both — who were contributing members of the state champion Lady Mustangs team in the spring as freshmen — were invited to play in the two-day tournament in Pryor. The annual event gives high-school players and recent graduates from Oklahoma and Arkansas a chance to demonstrate their skills in front o...

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Two Rock Creek FFA officers to attend conferences

Alex Folsom will attend the National Young Leadership Advanced Medicine and Health Care Conference in Baltimore, Md.Folsom — a senior at Rock Creek High School and Future Farmers of America Chapter president — plans to attend Southeastern Oklahoma State University and complete her degree at Oklahoma University to become a certified registered anesthetist.She is the daughter of Jennifer a...

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Trial set to begin against energy drink company

A trial is scheduled to begin Monday in the case of a local woman suing an energy drink company.A Durant woman is suing the makers and local distributor of the popular Monster energy drink on behalf of her teenage son.The lawsuit, filed in January 2013 in Bryan County District Court, claims Angela Wheat’s 16-year-old son collapsed and went into cardiac arrest after consuming a Monster energy drink in November 2011. The suit names as defendants the California-based ...

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Rodeo, parade, barbecue in Caddo next weekend

The 47th annual Caddo Round-Up Club rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. July 25 and 26, with the Flying C of Madill providing the livestock.Mutton bustin’ will begin before the actual rodeo, at 7:30 nightly, with sign-in no later than 6:45. There is a $25 entry fee, limited to 12 entries.This UPRA-, CRRA- and ACRA-sanctioned rodeo will have in excess of $4,500 added money to nine events. Those events are bareback riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing, ladies b...

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Public urged to join work on new school standards

The door is open for Oklahomans who want to participate personally in the development of new academic standards for all the state’s public school students from kindergarten through high school.The step-by-step process for creating the standards was detailed in a state Department of Education announcement Wednesday and a Daily Oklahoman story Friday.The announcement came days after the state Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Legislature’s bill ...

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Colbert police warn residents of scam

The Colbert Police Department is warning residents about a telephone scam from someone claiming to represent the town’s water department.According to police, the caller attempts to persuade citizens to pay their water bills over the phone using a credit or debit card.“The city of Colbert is not set up to handle credit cards or debit cards, so this is a scam,” said Colbert Police Chief Jeff Goerke. “Someone is calling around, trying to get people t...

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Jackson grabs Legacy FC featherweight crown in 92 seconds

Durant native Damon Jackson took the Legacy Fighting Championship featherweight crown Friday night after Jackson beat the defending champion Leonard Garcia (18-12-1) in 92 seconds at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.Jackson remains undefeated in his young career (9-0, 3-0 LFC). As the challenger, Jackson entered the fight as a near 2.5-1 favorite over the experienced Garcia.Jackson attacked and scored early when he got a take-down within the first 20 seconds. Then he f...

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Hobby Lobby president shares plan for Bible museum

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The president of Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby says a Bible museum to hold his family’s collection in Washington, D.C. is expected to open in 2017.The Times Record reports Steve Green spoke to some 600 attendants of the Fort Smith Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Friday. The Christian Business Men’s Committee invited him to speak at the event more than a year ago.Green says the museum will display his family...

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Recruiting: A crap shoot at every level of sports

Recruiting – something all college and university coaches have to do and most hate doing.There is a “book” on almost everything in sports except recruiting. The closest thing I know of in that regard would be the doctoral thesis written by former Southeastern football player/coach Dr. Duke Christian.He gave me a copy and I couldn’t wait to get into it. Read the first three paragraphs and slid that sucker into the things to read tomorrow....

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U.S. appeals court tosses Oklahoma gay marriage ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, prompting a fast, angry response from leaders of a state that has vehemently fought policy changes brought on from outside its borders.A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld a federal judge’s ruling striking down Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban, which had been approved by more than 75 percent of voters in 2004. ...

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