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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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