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Main Street holds 17th annual banquet

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The Durant Main Street Program held its 17th annual Main Street Banquet to recognize all those who make the program possible.Guests enjoyed a barbecue dinner and an educational presentation by Kelly Yadon of the Oklahoma Main Street Program.Yadon spoke on the subject of marketing small businesses to different generations. She emphasized the ideas of using social media to reach customers.The many volunteer committees that support the Durant Main Street Program were recognized for their efforts this year.Committees include the design committee, economic restructuring committee, promotion committee and organizational committee.


Johnson speaks about DHS graduates

Editor’s note: Durant High School Class of 1949 graduate Paul Johnson read this letter during a luncheon held Friday for graduates from that era at the Roadhouse. Johnson is the author of the memoir, “P.J.’s Route which is about his experiences as a Durant Daily Democrat carrier when he was a boy. A request is that all of you for whom I do not have email addresses, please send this address to me so I can more easily contact you if we...

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Durant alum to fight for title belt

A Durant native will be fighting for a championship belt Friday night.Damon Jackson will challenge Leonard Garcia for the Legacy Featherweight Championship at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.The 5-foot-11, 145-pound “Leech” has an 8-0 record — six wins by submission, two by technical knockout — and has never had to go to the third round.Garcia, or “Bad Boy,” holds an 18-11-1 record.Jackson was born and rais...

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Ford to tee off collegiate career at Centenary

Gabrielle Ford has signed on to play golf at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, La. She put pen to paper July 3 at Silverado Golf Course in Durant.Ford was a member of the Durant Lady Lions golf team that placed second at state in May. The girls had to battle wind and rain to post a two-day total of 691. Ford finished 14th overall, shooting a 90 and 93.At the regional tournament in McAlester, Ford shot an 87 to tie for fifth place and help her team set a new s...

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Durant ISD hires hall-of-fame coach to helm Lady Lions basketball

A veteran coach familiar to many in this area is bringing his competitive reputation to Durant High School.Phil Daniel has been selected as the new Lady Lions head basketball coach.  Daniel was inducted in 2012 into the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 28 seasons at the high-school level, he has a total 565 wins and 10 state appearances. He’s taken teams at three different schools to multiple state tournaments, which is actually a...

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Local teens undertake hunger awareness project

Two Bryan County teenagers have taken on a special community project to help alleviate hunger with a program called Garden of Hope. Tiffany Cranford attended a special conference sponsored by the FFA in Washington D.C. recently and came home with an idea that she could do something to help her community. Cranford is a senior at Achille High School and president of the local FFA Chapter. She attended a leadership conference in Washington D.C. with 300 other FFA students from across the n...

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Legislators to explore death penalty alternatives

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislators plan to look at alternatives to lethal injection as Oklahoma’s method of execution during an interim study before lawmakers return for the 2015 session.The study is among more than 80 that were formally approved on Friday by House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview.Former Oklahoma Highway Patrolman and Republican state Rep. Mike Christian of Oklahoma City requested the study following the botched execution of an ...

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Burrage settling in as Southeastern president

Sean Burrage is not entirely new to this little city. Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s 20th president is only a couple of weeks on the job here and already pronounces “Dew-rant” like the long-timers.He was born in the same building where his youngest son, Carter, will begin fourth grade in the fall. (Those of us who’ve been around here a while might recall that the current Durant Intermediate School was a hospital.) The first three years of Burrage&#...

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Bryan County children learn to can

Summer day camps continued for local 4-H students in Bryan County this week as the children learned about canning.The canning workshop was held Thursday at the Clay Jones Community building. During the camp, children learned how to make and can salsa and apples.The products made during this camp will be entered in the Bryan County Fair in September. The next camp for the children will be held at Elements Art Center in Durant on July 18.- Jessica Breger can be ...

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Colbert man accused of sexually assault nursing home patient

A 57-year-old Colbert man has been charged with sexually battering a nursing home patient who has Alzheimer’s disease.Ronnie Peters was charged this week with sexual battery.Peters is accused of inappropriately touching a woman on July 4 at Southern Point Living Center in Colbert.Colbert Police Chief Jeff Goerke began investigating after a nursing director contacted him and said a man had sexually assaulted an Alzheimer’s patient.An affi...

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Media gets limited tour of teen immigrant shelter

FORT SILL (AP) — Teenage immigrants from Central America spent Thursday playing soccer and board games at a temporary shelter at Fort Sill, seemingly unaware they are at the center of the political firestorm over U.S. immigration.It was the first time the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has allowed media inside the facility at the Army post in southwest Oklahoma since it opened on June 14, and there were heavy restrictions placed on reporters. Par...

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City Council hears citizen concerns

City Council began its July meeting in a brand new way. This month marks the first time council openly heard comments from the public on non-agenda items.Two citizens spoke to council before the agenda items were addressed. Oden Grube asked the council about how they will be replacing the cemetery board since all members had resigned.Mayor Jerry Tomlinson said that the council had not yet appointed a new board but is looking into a new structure for the board as well as ...

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Education campaign returns with powerful stories to help Oklahomans quit smoking

Continuing the success of a landmark national tobacco education campaign launched in 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is airing a second series of ads in 2014 featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases.The newest ads in the “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign tell the story of how real people’s lives were changed forever due to their smoking. In Oklahoma alone, more than $1.6 billion is spent each yea...

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Firefighters respond to crash and fires

The Durant Fire Department has put out several grass and rubbish fires recently, according to DFD reports, and they also responded to a crash late Wednesday afternoon.They were dispatched at 12:35 p.m. July 4 to the 1500 block of North 10th Avenue where there was an outdoor fire. They put out the fire and left the scene about eight minutes later.At 1:47 a.m. July 5, firefighters responded to a trash fire at Park Ridge Apartments. They put out the fire within minutes of a...

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Another Oklahoma execution set for later this year

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s highest criminal court set a Dec. 4 execution date on Wednesday for an inmate convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing a Department of Corrections employee — the third execution to be scheduled since a botched lethal injection in April.The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals took note of the April case in setting the execution of John Marion Grant, 53. Grant was sentenced to death for killing corrections worker G...

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Oklahoma GOP leaders push immigration reform

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Republican officials in Oklahoma joined a coalition of business groups from across the country on Wednesday in urging Congress to pass new immigration laws they say are vital to the nation’s economy — even while acknowledging the political difficulty the issue presents.Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and ex-House Speaker Kris Steele were among those who decried the current immigration system as woefully inadequate and...

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Inhofe praises deal on surplus military equipment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says a deal has been reached between two federal agencies that will allow local firefighters to continue receiving surplus military equipment.Oklahoma’s senior U.S. senator issued a statement Wednesday praising the agreement reached between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense.Oklahoma forestry officials say rural fire departments across the state would be devastated if the...

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Reconstruction project begins on Highway 69/75

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) notified the City of Durant Tuesday that as of today, they began a reconstruction project on the approach ramps at Highway 69/75 and Washington Avenue. This project will affect traffic in both directions on Highway 69/75 and on Washington Avenue. As of 8 a.m. today, the outside lanes south and northbound on Highway 69 /75 were closed, as was the northbound exit ramp at Washington Avenue.At times, traffic on Washington Aven...

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