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Drawing the winning tickets

Durant Mayor Oden Grube drew the winning tickets for the rifle raffle to benefit Disabled American Veterans. The drawing was held Saturday morning at the VFW Hall. DAV Commander Don Papin holds the … more

More lawsuits filed in deaths of four teens

Three more lawsuits have been filed in the deaths of four teens killed in May when their car was hit by a pickup that was driven by a man police said was drunk. On Oct. 2, Mary Kelsay and Fernando … more

Police receive grant for body cameras

The Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group (OMAG) provided a $10,000 grant to the City of Durant to purchase body cameras for the police department. OMAG representative Kevin McCullough, right, presented … more

Directional sign posts placed downtown

Sign posts with directions to businesses were placed throughout downtown Durant recently from a Tourism Authority grant Durant Main Street received. The signs are at every intersection in the … more

Colton’s Run

The annual Colton’s Main Street Run is virtual this year and runners can run anytime through Oct. 24. Packets were available for pick up this past Friday and Saturday and these participants ran … more

Citizens address council about renamed street

Many residents of the newly named Magnolia Street were not happy with the hardship it has caused not only removing the Highway 70 address but, also its affect on business. Citizens spoke at the … more

OSSAA opens football playoff door to all teams

An unpredictable 2020 high school football season took another strange twist on Tuesday as the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association modified it’s playoffs to allow all teams in the … more

Angel statue dedicated at cemetery

A broken angel statue was restored to its former beauty by local artist Janie Umsted and a dedication ceremony was held Oct. 14 at Highland Cemetery in Durant. The statue originally marked the … more

Victory Life Students raise funds for hurricane striken Louisiana school

When Hurricane Laura ravaged the southwestern region of Louisiana on August 27 this past summer, it was estimated that the state sustained a staggering $8 to $12 billion in property damage and … more

Choctaws donate to Komen Foundation

For seven consecutive years, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Choctaw Casinos & Resorts have partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help educate, fight and detect breast … more

Choctaw Nation Tribal Council passes historic legislation

TVSHKA HOMMA – The October legislative session for the Choctaw Nation Tribal Council passed laws to strengthen tribal sovereignty and the nation’s justice system. Codes dedicated to … more

House burns in Durant

A house burned Monday morning in Durant and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Durant Fire Department. Firefighters were dispatched at 10:38 a.m. and when they arrived about a … more

WoodmenLife pumpkin contest

WoodmenLife Ok Chapter 558 is having a pumpkin decorating contest through noon Oct. 23. Visit the WoodmenLife OK/KS Facebook page for more information. Each person can vote up to three times by … more

Durant visits Rogers Friday looking to end skid

Another week for the Durant Lions on the gridiron and the twists and turns continue as they attempt to trudge through the 2020 campaign with an ever-changing lineup. Last week, the Lions were … more

Boy missing from Cartwright found safe

A boy reported missing early Thursday evening was found the next morning, according to authorities. The Bryan County Sheriff”s office said 3-year-old Cash Curtis had last been seen riding a … more

Swearengin purchases Durant Democrat

The Durant Democrat, which has been privately owned since October of 2017, has been sold to MJL Media, LLC, owned by a long-time employee of the newspaper. Matt Swearengin, who has worked for the … more

Choctaw child care centers focus on preparedness

DURANT – One focus of last month’s National Preparedness Month is “Children and Youth Preparedness.” The Choctaw Nation’s 21 Child Care and Early Childhood facilities … more

Bids approved for new elementary school

The Durant Board of Education met Monday and approved bids for the construction of the new George Washington Elementary School. The guaranteed maximum price for construction under a contract with … more

BLM protests Confederate statue

The Bryan County chapter of Black Lives Matter had a second protest Sunday afternoon on the courthouse lawn to seek removal of the Confederate monument. The group describes it as a … more

Durant Homecoming Queen

Raven Whitfield was crowned Durant 2020 Homecoming Queen and she was presented a sash and crown by last year’s Homecoming Queen Vivian Taylor. Whitfield and other queen candidates were … more
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