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Settlements reached in lawsuits involving deaths of four teens

Three out of four lawsuits filed against establishments accused of serving alcoholic beverages to a man police said later killed four Durant teenagers when he drove his pickup into a car have been dismissed after confidential settlements were reached in the cases. more

Contracts approved with county to house tribal inmates

Bryan County Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations that will allow the county jail to house tribal prisoners. more

Choctaw Nation to donate Federal Building to county

The old Federal Building that once housed the post office will soon be owned by Bryan County. more

Hugh Matchen, RN, receives AllianceHealth Nursing Excellence Award

AllianceHealth Durant announced that Hugh Matchen, RN, has been selected to receive its Nursing Excellence Award. more

Caddo planning sesquicentennial events

Caddo Community Association and the Civic and Cemetery Club of Caddo are partnering with other interested members of the community to produce an outstanding series of events for 2022, to celebrate Caddo’s Sesquicentennial. more

Caddo sesquicentennial

Editors note: Caddo’s sesquicentennial is this year and the Democrat will be publishing a column twice a month from newspaper archives obtained by Mary Maurer. more

Book Talk to be held January 13

Book Talk’s choice for its January 13 discussion is “The Madness of Crowds” by Louise Penny. The group meets at 7:00 pm, at Donald W. Reynolds Library in Durant. more

‘Back in Black’

The Back in Black tribute band performed Saturday at Gilley’s in the Choctaw Casino & Resort. The band, formed in late 2000, is a reproduction of a concert performance of AC/DC and all of the band members live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, according to the band’s website. Shown are Darren Caperna, vocals, and Mike Mroz, lead guitar. more

Potter’s Sausage truck crashes east of Durant

A Potter’s Sausage truck and another vehicle were involved in a crash Monday afternoon on Highway 70 at Hickory Hollow Road east of Durant. more

Halestorm at Choctaw

The rock band Halestorm performed Saturday evening at Choctaw Grand Theater. Shown is Lzzy Hale, who is lead singer/guitarist for the band that plays hard rock and alternative metal. more

Choctaw Members recognized as 2021 AARP Oklahoma Indian Elders Honorees

Four Choctaw Nation tribal members were virtually recognized as honorees at the 13th annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors event. more

Choctaw Nation wins Indian Health Service awards

Although COVID prevented the usual pomp and circumstance, the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority (CNHSA) held a ceremony to celebrate the Indian Health Service awards achieved by several departments for 2020 and 2021 along with service anniversaries for associates who have been with the Nation for 20 years or longer. more

Colbert man charged with child trafficking, pornography

A Colbert man is facing multiple charges related to child pornography following an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. more

Shop with a Cop provides Christmas for families

The annual Shop with a Cop program provided Christmas for approximately 150 families Dec. 21 at Walmart. more

Lawsuit filed regarding defunct fire department

The Board of Bryan County Commissioners, through District Attorney Tim Webster, recently filed a declaratory judgment in Bryan County District Court regarding the defunct Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department that was receiving a percentage of the countywide fire department sales tax. more

The killing of Tom Craghead

Note: You will find both the Craghead and Craighead spelling of this family’s name in local newspapers. However, family records, advertising for family businesses, and headstones consistently use Craghead. To my knowledge only Leslie, who later opened the Notion Shop, used the Craighead spelling, which was used by Craighead’s Variety Store that closed earlier this month. more

Thinking Money for Kids exhibition coming to Donald W. Reynolds Library

Donald W. Reynolds Library will host a traveling exhibition designed to teach kids and their families about money, thanks to a competitive national grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. more

Silo students place at Southeast District AFR speech contest

WILBURTON— Silo students placed in their respective categories at the American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) Southeast District Speech Contest held in Wilburton, Nov. 11. more

Durant band collects toys for foster children

The Durant School District’s band program collected numerous toys to be distributed to 109 foster children in Bryan County. more

Police, Santa spread Christmas cheer

Durant Police teamed up with Santa Claus Saturday afternoon to pull people over not to write tickets but give them gifts. more
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