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Choctaw firefighters home after battling out-of-state wild land fire

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DURANT – Recently, two forestry team members returned from a 16-day stent in Arizona battling an intense fire on Apache lands. Prevention tech Joshua Bates and Wallace Kitchel, dozer operator, were dispatched to the fire due to the need for special fire fighting techniques.

 

Man arrested for suspicion of Sunday slaying

Suspects are being questioned and authorities have taken one person into custody in the shooting death of a man in Blue who was killed Sunday evening, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.Mark Anthony Neal was taken into custody Monday after a search, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He is a suspect in the shooting death of Wendall Owens.The sheriff’s office has confirmed Owens was found near Blue River Bridge in Armstrong. T...

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Authorities investigating homicide, suspect arrested

Suspects are being questioned and authorities have taken one person into custody in the shooting death of a man in Blue who was killed Sunday evening, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.One person was taken into custody Monday after a search and other persons were being questioned.The sheriff’s office has confirmed Wendall Owens was found near Blue River Bridge in Armstrong.Owens was the victim of a Sunday evening shooting. Golden said ...

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Oklahoma has top team at NHSFR

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — The Oklahoma team was the big winner at the 2014 National High School Finals Rodeo, and even the queen hails from the Sooner State.Following a week of competition that featured more than 1,500 contestants from all across the United States, Canada and Australia, the national champions were crowned July 19 at the Sweetwater Events Complex.

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Local athletes make OCA All-State team

Three Bryan County baseball standouts will play in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State game next week.Silo grads Lance House and Leonard Sandler and Calera alum Caleb Phillips — along with Tushka’s Jaeson Nutt — are set to take the field for the Small East ...

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Girls of summer come out to play

BLUE — The Rock Creek Lady Mustangs hosted a several teams Friday for some round-robin, fast-pitch softball action.And it was a hot one for the girls of summer, with a heat index surpassing the century mark.The Lady Mustangs took on Battiest in the first game. Mckenzie Powell was the starting pitcher, and last season’s short stop Arie Young came on to start the top of the fourth.The game was a shutout on both sides until the bottom of the fourth. R...

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Durant Police Department permanently honors the past

The Durant Police Department decorated its lobby on Friday with the photos of former police chiefs and retired officers and employees to honor the past.Friday morning, 14 retired sworn officers, five retired civilian employees, 20 former police chiefs and current Chief Durward Cook were honored during a ceremony in appreciation to those who have served the department.Each honoree or a representing family member or officer took a framed photo as each name was called....

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Phillips signs with MSC

Caleb Phillips has signed up to continue his baseball career at Murray State College.The 2014 Calera grad played first base for the Bulldogs. He turned in a team-leading .429 batting average in his final season and posted a .571 slugging average. In his 91 trips to the plate, Phillips hit 29 singles, eight doubles, a triple and a home run. He also had 17 stolen bases and accounted for 36 scores. His fielding percentage was almost perfect at .983 through 31 games.Phillips...

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Follow beef quality assurance guidelines

Summer time often brings a few infectious ailments to beef cows. Common problems include eye infections and foot rot. Treatment of affected cows will often involve the use of antibiotics. On very rare occasions violative residues of pharmaceutical products have been found in carcass tissues of cull beef cows. Violations of drug residue regulations can result in expensive fines (or even worse, jail time) for the rancher and a “black-eye” for the entire beef industry. It is vital th...

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Former Democrat editor Richard Chase dies

The Durant Daily Democrat is saddened to learn of the passing Saturday morning of Richard Chase, who was a former editor of the paper in the 1990s, and had been a freelance feature writer for us the past couple of years.Chase was a decorated Marine Corps Vietnam veteran who has also worked for Big Five and the Atoka County Times, and until his death, was active in helping the community through the Bryan County Soundoff Facebook page.His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesd...

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The Dawgs got a new house

Center court in the new gym.Calera’s new gym features four retractable goals, two along each side of the floor. The new facility also house seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms and a computer lab.A bulldog graphic is on the wall above the concession stand greets fans entering the gym, along with a geometric decor.The score table is personalized for Calera High. The gym also features theater-style seating with rows of bench seating along the top....

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Closure of JCP Specialty Foods to cost about 80 jobs

JCP Specialty Foods in Durant is expected to close this week and cost about 80 people their jobs.A person at the local office would not confirm or deny the closure, however The Democrat has learned that operations are expected to cease Thursday. The 134,764-square-foot plant is located on East Highway 70 in Durant.Durant Industrial Authority Executive Director Tommy Kramer said the DIA had previously been asked to help in the marketing efforts to sell the plant....

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Local cowboys compete at NJHFR

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two young Bryan County cowboys competed at the 2014 National Junior High Finals Rodeo in June.Britt Duncan of Kenefic and Joseph Rochelle of Bennington traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the boys goat tying event.Duncan finished in seventh place with a 32.76 final average. Rochelle turned in a 10.8 to fall in the 102nd slot.

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Deputies recover stolen pickup and make arrest

A man who stole a pickup was arrested after a foot chase Friday afternoon, the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office said.According to the sheriff’s office, a 1997 Dodge pickup that belonged to a local rancher was reported stolen Friday morning on Long Creek Road in southern Bryan County.At approximately 3 p.m., Bryan County Sheriff’s Capt. Gene West located the vehicle at a residence on North McLean Road east of Durant.The stolen truck was occupied ...

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Escaped inmate captured in Denison

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say an inmate who walked away from a prison in Granite has been captured in Texas.Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was arrested without incident Friday afternoon at an acquaintance’s house in Denison, Texas.Kelsey is originally from Durant.Authorities said Kelsey was hiding in the attic of the home and that Denison Police and U.S. Marshals made ...

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Families try to water down the heat

With heat indexes exceeding 100 degrees this week, an afternoon in the cool water sounds quite refreshing.That was the idea for many kids and families who were cooling off at Durant’s Carl Albert Pool this week.The pool is located between Carl Albert, Gail Farrell and Brookside drives. It’s open 1-4:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, with 7:30-9:30 p.m. reserved for pool parties; noon-3:30 p.m., 4-6 p.m. and 6:15-8:15 p.m. Saturdays, with 8:30-10:30 p.m. r...

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Democrat print edition has new look

The print edition of The Durant Daily Democrat now features a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.Even though we live in a digital age, with more people than ever turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want, we recognize that our print products remain extremely important, both to thousands of readers and to our advertisers.

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Authorities still looking for prison escapee

There have been no reported sightings of an escapee from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.Aaron Kelsey, 26, Durant, escaped from the medium-security prison in southwestern Oklahoma sometime Wednesday evening, authorities reported.This morning, DOC Public Information Officer Jerry Massie said there have been no sightings of Kelsey and that he is thought to have left the state.Kelsey is described as a...

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