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Durant Cheerleaders raise money for cancer

Durant High School Cheerleaders display a ceremonial check before the start of the Oct. 30 football game. Twelve years ago, Durant Varsity Cheer started raising money for mammograms for people that … more

Breast cancer strengthens friendship between two women

On June 17, 2020, Eileen Meadows, lead Advocate and financial officer for Durant’s Crisis Control Center, the local shelter for women and children in crisis that she operates with her mother, … more

Citizens complain about highway’s name change

Business owners located on what until Nov. 1 was Old Highway 70 spoke out against the name change during a Monday meeting of Bryan County commissioners. Commissioners however, had no role in … more

Southeastern to hold ‘virtual’ Fall Commencement on Dec. 12

Due to safety and health concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate its December 12 Fall Commencement in a virtual format. “The … more

Chamber raising funds through ‘Secret Singer’ contest

The Magnolia Festival and Magnolia Christmas, which also is the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce’s primary source of revenue, was canceled this year due to the pandemic. Several weeks ago, we … more

Schedule announced for Southeastern’s ‘Welcome Home’ virtual events

Although the COVID-19 pandemic halted homecoming plans at Southeastern Oklahoma State University this fall, plans are in the works to engage alumni with the campus community. The University is … more

Book Talk to be held Nov. 12

“The Power and the Glory,” a classic novel by acclaimed author Graham Greene, is Book Talk’s choice for its November 12 meeting at Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library, … more

Work moves forward on Choctaw Cultural Center opening

The handles on the doors of the Choctaw Cultural Center are made in the image of stickball sticks. Those doors of Chahta Newvt Aya, the “Choctaw Journey,” are closer each day to opening … more

Local singer featured on television show

Monday evening, on Season 19 of “The Voice,” Bailey Rae Hull from Durant secured a spot on Team Legend by singing “Does My Ring Burn Your Finger’” by Lee Ann Womack, NBC … more

FFF planning Thanksgiving meal boxes

Since the pandemic has hit our area, we have had to modify our distribution method and deliver groceries weekly to local clients. Our “list” has grown and the needs are quite … more

Kiwanis Pancake Day a success

The Kiwanis Club of Durant’s annual pancake day has been an election day tradition, and this past Tuesday, they had to do carry-out only because of the pandemic. The first Kiwanis Pancake … more

Tony Simmons reelected county commissioner

Longtime Bryan County District No. 2 Commissioner Tony Simmons was reelected Tuesday evening. Simmons, a Republican, received 72.95% of the vote compared to 27.05% for challenger Billy Adams, a … more

Spiritual response to First Responders

Local churches got together to pray for and encourage Bryan County first responders as they deal with the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. more

Should Bryan County be a Second Amendment Sanctuary?

Should Bryan County be declared a Second Amendment Sanctuary? more

Princess prayers

Chorvettes, food and fun

The Chorvettes from Southeastern Oklahoma State University performed at Roma Italian Restaurant Friday evening to raise funds for a planned trip to Branson. While there they will perform at The … more

DHS senior performs solo during choir festival

Durant High School Senior Olivia Wilson performed a solo during the 2019 Southeastern All-District Honor Choir Festival on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Thursday … more

2019 Southeastern All-District Honor Choir Festival

More than 300 choir students from approximately 16 Southeast Oklahoma school districts gathered on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Thursday for the 2019 Southeastern All-District … more

2019 Bryan County Free Fair closes with fun, excitement

The 2019 Bryan County Free Fair closed Saturday night with the bright lights, excitement, good food and fun of the carnival midway. The Durant Democrat was on hand to get a few photos of the … more

Area youth show off their livestock at Bryan County Free Fair

Dozens of Bryan County youth entered the show ring to compete in the Bryan County Free Fair Livestock Judging Friday and Saturday. In addition to calves, the competition included goats, lambs and … more
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