Johnson speaks about DHS graduates

Editor’s note: Durant High School Class of 1949 graduate Paul Johnson read this letter during a luncheon held Friday for graduates from that era at the Roadhouse. Johnson is the author of the memoir, “P.J.’s Route which is about his experiences as a Durant Daily Democrat carrier when he was a boy. A request is that all of you for whom I do not have email addresses, please send this address to me so I can more easily contact you if we...

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Legislators to explore death penalty alternatives

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislators plan to look at alternatives to lethal injection as Oklahoma’s method of execution during an interim study before lawmakers return for the 2015 session.The study is among more than 80 that were formally approved on Friday by House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview.Former Oklahoma Highway Patrolman and Republican state Rep. Mike Christian of Oklahoma City requested the study following the botched execution of an ...

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Colbert man accused of sexually assault nursing home patient

A 57-year-old Colbert man has been charged with sexually battering a nursing home patient who has Alzheimer’s disease.Ronnie Peters was charged this week with sexual battery.Peters is accused of inappropriately touching a woman on July 4 at Southern Point Living Center in Colbert.Colbert Police Chief Jeff Goerke began investigating after a nursing director contacted him and said a man had sexually assaulted an Alzheimer’s patient.An affi...

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Media gets limited tour of teen immigrant shelter

FORT SILL (AP) — Teenage immigrants from Central America spent Thursday playing soccer and board games at a temporary shelter at Fort Sill, seemingly unaware they are at the center of the political firestorm over U.S. immigration.It was the first time the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has allowed media inside the facility at the Army post in southwest Oklahoma since it opened on June 14, and there were heavy restrictions placed on reporters. Par...

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City Council hears citizen concerns

City Council began its July meeting in a brand new way. This month marks the first time council openly heard comments from the public on non-agenda items.Two citizens spoke to council before the agenda items were addressed. Oden Grube asked the council about how they will be replacing the cemetery board since all members had resigned.Mayor Jerry Tomlinson said that the council had not yet appointed a new board but is looking into a new structure for the board as well as ...

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Firefighters respond to crash and fires

The Durant Fire Department has put out several grass and rubbish fires recently, according to DFD reports, and they also responded to a crash late Wednesday afternoon.They were dispatched at 12:35 p.m. July 4 to the 1500 block of North 10th Avenue where there was an outdoor fire. They put out the fire and left the scene about eight minutes later.At 1:47 a.m. July 5, firefighters responded to a trash fire at Park Ridge Apartments. They put out the fire within minutes of a...

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Another Oklahoma execution set for later this year

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s highest criminal court set a Dec. 4 execution date on Wednesday for an inmate convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing a Department of Corrections employee — the third execution to be scheduled since a botched lethal injection in April.The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals took note of the April case in setting the execution of John Marion Grant, 53. Grant was sentenced to death for killing corrections worker G...

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New business gets rolling in Durant

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Local Kiwanis leads in community call to prayer

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