Durant and Bennington school bonds pass Bond propositions in Durant and Bennington school districts were approved by voters, according to election returns released by the Bryan County Election Board Tuesday evening.
In Durant, a $5,380,000 bond for constructing, remodeling and equipping school facilities was approved by 60.80 percent with 425 votes for it and 274 votes against it with 425 ballots in favor of it and 274 opposed.
“It’s a great thing for the district and the kids,...
Jessica Breger and Matt Swearengin News StaffDurant Daily Democrat
Oklahoma House passes higher ed aid restriction
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House voted Monday to limit the students eligible for a statewide college-aid program amid fears that rising costs could jeopardize the tuition payments for many low-income students who rely on them.
By a 56-37 vote, the House narrowly cleared a proposal from Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang, that would restrict the families eligible for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program, also known as Oklahoma’s...
Homeless woman struck by train A woman is in critical condition after being struck by a train Monday evening, according to Durant Police.
The 39-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was struck by a train at 6:05 p.m. on the South Ninth Avenue railroad tracks on mile north of Rodeo Road, according to Durant Police Lt. Chris Marcy.
The victim, who is homeless, was flown to a Plano, Texas, hospital and was in very critical condition at press time this morning...
Legislators take aim at needy Oklahomans
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As Republican legislators look for ways to tighten the state’s budget belt, and score points with an increasingly conservative electorate, they are targeting federal assistance programs popular among low-income and needy Oklahomans.
Last year, the GOP-led Legislature passed a measure subjecting welfare recipients to drug tests, and so far this year close to a dozen measures have been introduced targeting assistance ...
Funding plan unclear for backlogged Okla. jails
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s legislators have yet to respond to an urgent request from the Corrections Department for additional funding, leaving the agency worried that the day may come when it cannot accept any more inmates.
Director Justin Jones of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections told a Senate committee in January that without an immediate $6 million boost to a $463 million budget, his department would no longer house inmat...
Durant man injured in wreck near Hartshorne A Durant man was critically injured in a crash east of Harthorne on State Highway 1 in Pittsburg County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.
Eric Tiger, 24, was listed in critical condition at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. According to the patrol, the accident happened at 8:53 a.m. Sunday when Tiger, who was driving a 2009 Dodge, passed another vehicle and then ran off the roadway to the left. He over corrected and struck a 2007 Honda driven...
Okla. schools fear loss of intangible property tax
TULSA (AP) — School finance officials say they are growing increasingly alarmed by dramatic new estimates of tax revenue losses from the intangible tax ban amendment approved by Oklahoma voters last fall.
The Oklahoma Tax Commission initially estimated the new tax break for more than 250 companies centrally assessed by the state, including AT&T, Cox Communications, American Airlines, and various utility and railroad companies, at $50 mi...
Three Valley Museum to host members only event Three Valley Museum will be hosting “Estate Matters” on Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. This will be an estate management seminar for museum members and guests.
There will be no charge for members and their guests attending the event, said Three Valley Museum Curator Nancy Farris.
This will be a seminar covering estate management and planning. The speaker for the evening will be Leah Anne Brooks of Landmark Bank.
Brooks describes estate m...
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Polls will be open from 7 a Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, for the Bennington I-40 and Durant I-72 Special Election, and Linda Fahrendorf, Secretary of the Bryan County Election Board, offered voters some tips on how to make their votes count.
In Durant, voters will be voting to renew a $5,380,000 bond for constructing, remodeling and equipping school facilities, and also another $480,000 bond to purchase transportation equipment.
Okla. justice panel unveils recommendations
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Innocence Project ranks the state among the top 10 for wrongful convictions, which a report issued Friday said could be lowered by law enforcement officers, attorneys and judges.
The Oklahoma Justice Commission, formed by the Oklahoma Bar Association, unveiled its recommendations following a two-year study into convictions of people for crimes they didn’t commit. The 33-member group’s suggestions follow...
Citizens for Silo’s Future ready for board approval of bond election DURANT – The Citizens for Silo’s Future group made its last preparations for starting a bond election campaign before the Silo School Board will decide whether or not the school may hold another bond election.
The committee formed subcommittees so that if and when the board approves the election at its March 11 meeting, the campaign can officially begin.
“After that, the talk will be over,” said Silo middle and high school academic adviso...
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Kenefic man charged with rape A Kenefic man has been charged with sexually abusing a child.
Matthew Charles Davis, 25, was charged Thursday with first-degree rape. According to court papers, Davis engaged in forced sexual intercourse with the victim during the summer of 2006.
An affidavit by Sheriff’s Investigator Nathan Calloway states the abuse was reported to law enforcement last month. On Feb. 27, Calloway arrested Davis in Kenefic on two outstanding warrants, inc...
Okla. texting ban derailed in House committee
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican-controlled House committee derailed a bill Thursday to ban texting while driving in Oklahoma, citing concerns that it would be difficult to enforce and jeopardizes personal freedoms.
One day after supporters of the ban rallied at the Capitol, the House Calendar Committee tabled the bill by Rep. Curtis McDaniel, D-Smithville.
“It’s not dead,” McDaniel said. “What we’ve got to do now is rally the troops...
Junior Livestock Show to be held this weekend The 2013 Bryan County Junior Livestock Show and Premium Sale will be hosted at the Bryan County Fairgrounds this weekend.
Bryan County FFA and 4-H members will gather at the Bryan County Fairgrounds to show their goats, sheep, swine and cattle.
Entry fees are $10 per head. Half of the entry will be applied to a scholarship fund.
The show kicks off Friday at 11 a.m. with goats and sheep being shown. Swine will be shown Saturday at 1 p.m....
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Victims in fatal fire named A space heater was the cause of a house fire Wednesday that claimed the lives of two people, according to the Durant Fire Department.
Durant Police tentatively identified the victims as Troy Lee Coburn, 18, and Kathleen Marie Jolly, 23, pending positive identification from the State Medical Examiner’s Office.
Durant firefighters were dispatched to the home, located in the 200 block of West Tennessee Street, at 4:33 a.m., and upon arrival,...
Southeastern looks to expand programs to Grayson College’s Van Alstyne campus DURANT – Thanks to a new agreement signed Monday, Southeastern Oklahoma State University may soon be expanding many of its academic programs to Grayson College in Denison and Van Alstyne, Texas.
In 2005, Southeastern established a higher education teaching center at Grayson’s main campus in Denison. Through this means, Southeastern has offered its Elementary Education program, allowing students to earn four-year degrees from Southeastern wh...
Okla. voters could decide legislator state job ban
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters would decide whether to ban legislators from working for the state for two years after leaving office under a bill passed by a House committee.
The House Rules Committee on Wednesday passed a joint resolution to place the issue on the 2014 general election ballot. The bill still must clear the House Calendar Committee before being considered by the full House.
The Oklahoma Constitution already bans...
Okla. panel approves charter school overhaul bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma state senator pointed to Oklahoma charter schools’ low national rankings and a lack of statewide standards Wednesday to convince the Senate Appropriations Committee that the state should take over the charters’ authorization.
Sen. Clark Jolley, an Edmond Republican and the committee’s chairman, told his colleagues the bill is meant to improve charter school quality by creating a statewide commission that...
Oklahoma safety officials rally behind texting ban
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The mother of a teenager killed in a traffic accident while using a cell phone delivered a tearful plea to legislators Wednesday to approve a bill that would ban texting while driving in Oklahoma.
Gina Harris, whose 19-year-old daughter Brittanie Montgomery was killed in a crash in Oklahoma City in 2006, was among a group of health and safety officials, legislators, teenagers and insurance industry officials who r...
REI Oklahoma Announces Scott Dewald as New CEO DURANT – REI Oklahoma (REI) announces Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice-President Scott Dewald as its new President and CEO, effective April 1, 2013.
“We are thrilled to have Mr. Dewald on board as the new leader of this organization,” said Board Chair Karen James.
Incoming Board Chair Martin VanMeter said “Scott brings extensive knowledge and experience in working with businesses and stakeholders as a part of the Oklahoma...