Durant Democrat- RSS NEWS Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:40:08 EST 1800 Teen pageant to be held Sunday http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150313042/Teen-pageant-to-be-held-Sunday Anna Prichard, Miss Southeast Oklahoma and Nicole Lowry, Miss Southeast Oklahoma Outstanding Teen will crown their successors at the 2015 Miss Southeast Oklahoma and Miss Southeast Oklahoma Outstanding Teen Pageant at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:16:15 EST Candidates speak at forum http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150343884/Candidates-speak-at-forum Attendance was light at last night's candidate forum – three candidates and about a dozen in the audience showed up for the Durant Chamber of Commerce event, but the candidates soldiered on. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:03:22 EST Open house to be held at new urgent-care facility http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150337176/Open-house-to-be-held-at-new-urgent-care-facility The Heart and Medical Center Urgent Care, Durant's new urgent-care facility, will be hosting a community open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its grand opening from noon until 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:11:20 EST Fallin joins Cole on campaign trail’s final week http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150337122/Fallin-joins-Cole-on-campaign-trails-final-week NEWCASTLE (AP) — Patrons of the Jimmy's Egg breakfast cafe received a surprise visitor on Tuesday when Gov. Mary Fallin rolled into the restaurant parking lot in a giant recreational vehicle, walked inside and began chatting about jobs,... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:04:10 EST First United partners with First American Bank http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150332906/First-United-partners-with-First-American-Bank First United Bank announced plans to expand operations in central and southern Oklahoma through a merger with First American Bank, headquartered in Purcell and Norman, in early 2015. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:02:05 EST Electioneering discouraged on election day http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150313215/Electioneering-discouraged-on-election-day Bryan County Election Board Secretary Linda Fahrendorf advises voters, candidates, campaign officials, and volunteers to be very aware of—and careful to not violate—state election laws in the Nov. 4 General Election next... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:02:06 EST Educator, ex-board member vying for schools chief http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150311280/Educator-ex-board-member-vying-for-schools-chief TULSA (AP) — Former state Board of Education member Joy Hofmeister is trying to become just the second Republican in Oklahoma history to be elected as its top education official. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:52:13 EST SE to offer unique degree http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150312332/SE-to-offer-unique-degree Beginning this January, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will offer a unique new master's degree in Native American leadership. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:06:03 EST Southeastern celebrates ‘Destination Homecoming’ http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150312383/Southeastern-celebrates-Destination-Homecoming Sunny, unseasonably warm weather greeted all who attended “Destination Homecoming'' at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Friday and Saturday. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:16:12 EST Blood drive to be held Wednesday at Caddo High School http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150313339/Blood-drive-to-be-held-Wednesday-at-Caddo-High-School Blood donors can show their community and school spirit by donating with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) Wednesday, Oct. 29. A blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will occur at Caddo High School. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:15:24 EST Southern Pointe Living Center holds banquet http://durantdemocrat.com/news/business/150296008/Southern-Pointe-Living-Center-holds-banquet Southern Pointe Living Center held its first-ever employee appreciation banquet recently. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:49:11 EST Chamber welcomes new wedding venue http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150246633/Chamber-welcomes-new-wedding-venue The Durant Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting, Oct. 14 at the new Riverwood Barn and Amphitheater located on the south side Hwy 70 just east of the Blue River, welcoming the new wedding venue to the area. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:04:10 EST Rotarians set sights on gun show http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150284114/Rotarians-set-sights-on-gun-show The 31st annual Durant Rotary Gun & Knife Show will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday Nov. 2. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:41:06 EST Protecting Bulbs from Squirrels http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news_agricultural/150294022/Protecting-Bulbs-from-Squirrels Squirrels and rodents cannot resist digging their teeth into the juicy bulbs we so conveniently place in the ground for them each fall. Though our intention is not to feed wildlife, this is the ultimate fate of many flower bulbs. An easy trick can be... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:48:05 EST Children’s Chorus schedules performances http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150295663/Childrens-Chorus-schedules-performances The campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University features the sound of children singing as the Southeastern Hub for Arts Resources (SHARE) Children's Chorus rehearses on Tuesday evenings. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:00:09 EST Car smashes Ten Commandments statue, man detained http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150298722/Car-smashes-Ten-Commandments-statue-man-detained OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities took a man into custody Friday after they say he admitted driving a car onto the Oklahoma Capitol grounds overnight and into a disputed granite monument of the Ten Commandments, smashing it to pieces. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:42:09 EST Judge rules abortion law can take effect http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150298601/Judge-rules-abortion-law-can-take-effect OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new Oklahoma law that requires clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when abortions are performed can become law on Nov. 1, a judge ruled Friday. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:03:05 EST See scenes of Durant http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/150289437/See-scenes-of-Durant How do you celebrate Durant? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:45:07 EST Education board OKs budget request for teacher pay http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150285450/Education-board-OKs-budget-request-for-teacher-pay OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma teachers would receive a $2,500 across-the-board pay raise under a budget proposal approved Thursday by the State Board of Education, but they shouldn't plan to spend the money any time soon. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:50:07 EST Officials discuss jail escape http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/150276706/Officials-discuss-jail-escape Bryan County commissioners and the sheriff's office have begun looking at ways to prevent potentially dangerous criminals from escaping jail custody. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:09:32 EST