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Authorities still looking for prison escapee

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There have been no reported sightings of an escapee from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.Aaron Kelsey, 26, Durant, escaped from the medium-security prison in southwestern Oklahoma sometime Wednesday evening, authorities reported.This morning, DOC Public Information Officer Jerry Massie said there have been no sightings of Kelsey and that he is thought to have left the state.Kelsey is described as a white man, 5-foot-10, approximately 170 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He also has multiple tattoos.According to the ODOC, Kelsey was convicted in Bryan County of second-degree burglary, use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon and possession of firearms during probation.

 

Democrat print edition has new look

The print edition of The Durant Daily Democrat now features a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.Even though we live in a digital age, with more people than ever turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want, we recognize that our print products remain extremely important, both to thousands of readers and to our advertisers.

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New push for legal marijuana in Oklahoma

A second marijuana petition found its way to Durant this week following the recent presence of a medical marijuana petition last week in the city.This week, citizens can not only sign the petition for the legalization of medical marijuana to go for a vote of the people in November but also one for recreational use.The new petition for voting on recreational use began July 21 and was spearheaded by Vicki Gaylor. Gaylor is an independent running for the Oklahoma Senate Dis...

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Use your words kindly

“For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” — Matthew 12:37Words have a lifelong meaning don’t they? Have you ever said something to someone and wished you had never said that? Words cannot be forgotten, as Christians what we say tells a whole lot more about us than the way we act. The Bible tells us that we are snared by the words of our mouth and from the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak. By our words pe...

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God doesn’t want me!

Our lives sometimes are a mess. We make wrong choices, make mistakes, wind up in horrible circumstances and get ourselves caught up in sin, serious sin. There is no way God could want us. Thankfully, that is not true. Yes, our lives can be a mess, but it is not true that God doesn’t want us.

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The business of Christian memories

How do we transmit Christian faith to our young? How do we Christians best influence coming generations to choose our stream of faith? Of many possible answers, I suggest one.

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Poteau resident founds Christian school and his own church

DURANT - While many descendants from the Choctaw removed from Mississippi to Oklahoma still live within the state, the majority have relocated throughout the years all across the United Sates and internationally.Poteau resident Curtis Pugh, while currently living only a few miles from his birthplace of Heavener, has traveled thousands of miles sharing the Gospel as a missionary in the United States and internationally. He was born to Lois McAlvain and Jerome Pugh in 1944. As a youn...

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Oklahoma board votes again to delay education plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators across Oklahoma.The board voted 5-1 to delay action on the plan, despite concerns from State Superintendent Janet Barresi that the education groups were trying to “hijack the proc...

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Armstrong Road receives facelift

Road work continues for parts of Bryan County as the District 3 crew lays new asphalt on Armstrong Road. The new asphalt extends one mile east from the Durant city limits.

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Charges filed for Mead burglary suspect

The suspect in multiple recent burglaries in the Mead area has been charged with three felonies in connection to the recent crimes, plus a felony drug charge.Michael D. Jamison, 42, was charged with possession of firearms after felony conviction, since he reportedly had a small semi-automatic weapon during the time of the burglaries.He is also charged with burglary of an auto and knowingly concealing stolen property. According to reports, authorities found discovered a m...

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Inmate from Durant escapes from prison

GRANITE (AP) — Authorities are searching for an inmate from Durant who escaped from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.Greer County Sheriff’s Office reported 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was discovered missing from the medium-security prison, which has a capacity of almost 1,000 inmates.No details about Kelsey’s escape were immediately available Thursday morning.Kelsey was serving time on burglary and weapons-related convictions out of Bry...

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Weather forecast for SE football: Warm and competitive

You don’t have to know the seasons to tell when it’s time for football.You remember football, of course. That’s when you wear your very warmest clothes, take extras just in case, a thermos loaded with hot tea, stuff like that. Just follow the guys with the blankets and blondes.Football is also the sport that practices in 100-degree weather to prepare for what should be a cold-weather sport.Figure that out and you will be sent straightaway to ...

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Deputies nab burglary suspect

A suspect in multiple thefts in the Mead area was arrested Tuesday evening, the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office said.Michael D. Jamison, 42, was arrested after fleeing a residence on Sophia Loop in the town.Sheriff Ken Golden said that Undersheriff Kevin Nave and Investigator Nathan Calloway coordinated the effort to find Jamison.“They came in from the back side (of a residence) and lo and behold, he takes off running and jumps a fence and then jumps...

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Meals free at Silo Schools this school year

All Silo Public Schools students, faculty and staff will be able to get free breakfasts and lunches this school year.The school board voted unanimously earlier this month to provide the meals at no cost.“We’re trying to take care of our kids and our employees, and we’re excited to be able to do this for Silo District,” Superintendent Donna Anderson said.

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Brecheen on marriage ruling: Oklahoma must defend traditional, biblical definition of marriage

Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Colgate, issued the following statement in response to a ruling of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage.“The citizens of Oklahoma have made it clear that they believe the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman should be the law of the land. State leaders should be prepared to stand steadfast against any effort by federal judges to circumvent the will of the people and redefine...

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Authorities investigating burglaries of occupied homes

Several occupied homes were burglarized Friday, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Ken Golden said the parsonage at the Nazarene Church on Cale Switch Road was among those burglarized.The residents at that home were in the process of moving out, but were still living there, according to Golden, who said a couple of other occupied homes in the area were burglarized that night.The occupants discovered the burglaries the following mornin...

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Durant Daily Democrat is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making www.durantdemocrat.com, easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibi...

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Bryan County 4-H students get artsy

Last week’s 4-H day camp was conducted at Elements Art Center in Durant, where children were able to paint their own 4-H logos.The common four-leaf clover used to represent the club got some pretty colorful updates as each child made the symbol their own Thursday.Each child painted the symbol with some guidance, but the details and coloring were left up to the individual’s choice.Each of the 16 paintings reflecting the symbol that unites the childr...

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