Durant Democrat- RSS Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/ http://durantdemocrat.com/ Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:18:03 EST 1800 U.S.: Standards, not politics, behind Okla. sanction http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50471716/U.S.:-Standards-not-politics-behind-Okla.-sanction OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education said Friday that a focus on high academic standards, not political motives, was behind its decision to deny Oklahoma the authority to decide how to spend some of the federal education money... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:56:10 EST Common Core an issue in competitive governor race http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50471788/Common-Core-an-issue-in-competitive-governor-race OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An underfunded, little-known Democratic candidate for governor has a new tool to use in attacking the Republican incumbent now that the federal government stripped Oklahoma of its authority to decide how to spend millions in... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:56:09 EST Bryan County teachers gather together http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top/50466160/Bryan-County-teachers-gather-together Bryan County educators gathered once again for the annual Bryan County Teachers Meeting Friday to hear inspirational words and honor the work of the past year. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:14:16 EST Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/50472757/Poll:-Parents-uncomfortable-with-youth-football Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven't decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:09:09 EST America’s Educator inspires SE students and educators http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50459934/Americas-Educator-inspires-SE-students-and-educators College students and educators gathered in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus to be inspired by a man who is dubbed “America's Educator.” Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:20:12 EST Bulldogs take down Tigers 5-4 http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/50459796/Bulldogs-take-down-Tigers-5-4 CALERA — The Calera Bulldogs held on to clip the Tushka Tigers 5-4 Thursday afternoon. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:47:11 EST Football season is nigh http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/50459219/Football-season-is-nigh As the regular football season nears, the Durant Lions and Caddo Bruins will play in their last scrimmages of the preseason tonight. The Lions will hit the road to play Broken Bow and Harrah at McAlester. The Bruins will host Ryan. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:47:07 EST U.S. rebukes Oklahoma for ditching school standards http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50456026/U.S.-rebukes-Oklahoma-for-ditching-school-standards OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government on Thursday stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend $29 million in U.S. education funding because the state abandoned national academic standards known as Common Core, in a rebuke that a... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:21:11 EST Choctaws partner with others in tribal repatriation and reburial http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50449099/Choctaws-partner-with-others-in-tribal-repatriation-and-reburial DURANT – Members of the Choctaw Nation recently journeyed to Mississippi to conduct a repatriation and reburial of an unknown Choctaw ancestor. The Choctaw Nation worked with, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the U.S. Army... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:10:15 EST Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50455998/Drugs-killed-Oklahoma-inmate-in-troubled-execution OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:10:14 EST Authorities search for man in Cartwright http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50423685/Authorities-search-for-man-in-Cartwright A manhunt began in the Cartwright area early Wednesday evening when a man driving a pickup hit a Denison, Texas, police officer with the truck and then led him on a chase. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:12:10 EST Choctaw Defense responds to changing times http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50419762/Choctaw-Defense-responds-to-changing-times McALESTER – Choctaw Defense is expanding its capabilities by seeking and fulfilling contracts for engineering, building and remodeling structures. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:44:15 EST Storm watcher alert http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/50445059/Storm-watcher-alert Southeastern football's opening kickoff is nine days away, September 6, with a 6 p.m. start against Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:14:08 EST Lake Texoma announces winter campground operations http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50436229/Lake-Texoma-announces-winter-campground-operations TULSA - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District announces winter campground operations for Lake Texoma to take effect Oct. 1. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:29:08 EST Sherrill family donates a pair of AEDs to the department. http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50436245/Sherrill-family-donates-a-pair-of-AEDs-to-the-department. DURANT – Southeastern Athletics was recently the recipient of two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) which have been provided through proceeds from Colton's Main Street Run. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:55:19 EST Elvis visits Durant http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top/50430512/Elvis-visits-Durant The Durant Main Street Program is raising awareness and donations for Alzheimer's Disease with help from the king of rock and roll. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:54:12 EST Governor Fallin to attend Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50437855/Governor-Fallin-to-attend-Choctaw-Nation-Labor-Day-Festival Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is scheduled to attend the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival on Friday evening at Tuskahoma. She will be participating in several events including: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:53:17 EST State Education Board creates standards committee http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50444018/State-Education-Board-creates-standards-committee OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Education created a steering committee Wednesday to develop the process for replacing Common Core education standards for English and math instruction in the state's public schools. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:53:14 EST Man injured in motorcycle and car crash http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top/50431516/Man-injured-in-motorcycle-and-car-crash A motorcycle rider was flown to a Texas hospital Tuesday after breaking a leg during an accident involving a car. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:25:07 EST Colbert makes comeback to defeat Caddo 7-4 http://durantdemocrat.com/news/sports/50430582/Colbert-makes-comeback-to-defeat-Caddo-7-4 CADDO — The Colbert Leopards rallied late to overtake the hosting Caddo Lady Bruins Tuesday afternoon. 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