Durant Democrat- RSS NEWS Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS Thu, 28 May 2015 03:44:53 EST 1800 REI Oklahoma http://durantdemocrat.com/news/specialreport/152769226/REI-Oklahoma Headquartered in Durant, REI Oklahoma creates jobs, builds businesses and turns renters into homeowners. Wed, 27 May 2015 14:21:41 EST Record rainfall, flooding takes toll on Oklahoma roads http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/153732836/Record-rainfall-flooding-takes-toll-on-Oklahoma-roads OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Record-smashing rainfall and torrential flooding that hammered Oklahoma this month has likely caused millions of dollars' worth of damage to roads and bridges across the state, although official estimates won't... Wed, 27 May 2015 14:11:44 EST Twelve homes destroyed in tornado http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/153725129/Twelve-homes-destroyed-in-tornado The tornado that tore through the county Monday afternoon and killed a woman destroyed 12 homes, Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management said. Wed, 27 May 2015 12:11:41 EST Residents clean up after tornado http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/153743270/Residents-clean-up-after-tornado Alvin Franklin and his wife Sybil, emerge from their storm shelter to find their home lifted and moved off it's foundation and walls ripped apart after the tornado Monday afternoon. Wed, 27 May 2015 11:31:45 EST New members of CASA sworn in http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/153634624/New-members-of-CASA-sworn-in Bryan County Associate District Judge Rocky Powers swore in three new CASAs recentlyA CASA is a Court Appointed Special Advocate who is court ordered and assigned to a child as they go through the court system. Tue, 26 May 2015 10:21:46 EST Tornado kills one http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/153712055/Tornado-kills-one A Memorial Day holiday turned tragic as a woman was killed near Blue when a tornado destroyed her mobile home. Forty-eight-year-old Sandra Callicoat Swinney was a mother of two who had only been living in this area a couple of months. Wed, 27 May 2015 15:41:42 EST Water goes over spillway http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/153715670/Water-goes-over-spillway For the fourth time in history, water went over the spillway Sunday morning at the Denison Dam. Tue, 26 May 2015 10:21:47 EST Tornado strikes east of Durant http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/153704202/Tornado-strikes-east-of-Durant A tornado tore through the Blue area east of Durant Monday and damaged or destroyed multiple homes, according to emergency radio broadcasts, and authorities have confirmed one person was killed during the storm. Mon, 25 May 2015 20:41:41 EST MCSO among hospitals in settlement http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/153683932/MCSO-among-hospitals-in-settlement The Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant is among hospitals in seven states involved in a string of settlements arising from a whistleblower's allegations that Medicare reimbursements were made for psychiatric services that were not... Mon, 25 May 2015 16:36:41 EST Library to show movies http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/153652276/Library-to-show-movies One of Durant's best-kept secrets for the kids is the free movie day held once a month on Saturday and every Friday at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library in Durant.The event is so popular and growing that the library had to expand... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:46:41 EST Flood water tops spillway http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/153694253/Flood-water-tops-spillway Water went over the spillway this morning at the Denison Dam. The lake elevation at 5 p.m. Sunday was 641.26 feet and rising, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sun, 24 May 2015 19:41:43 EST Drivers warned of floods http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/153682178/Drivers-warned-of-floods Waters continue to rise from the large amount of rain and Lake Texoma was less than a foot from reaching the spillway near the Denison Dam at press time Saturday evening. Sat, 23 May 2015 17:46:40 EST Man charged with shooting son http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/153682231/Man-charged-with-shooting-son A Colbert man accused of shooting his son has been charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Sat, 23 May 2015 17:16:49 EST Two running for Choctaw chief’s office http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/153681523/Two-running-for-Choctaw-chiefs-office Incumbent Chief of the Choctaw Nation Gary Dale Batton is being challenged by Deborah Jan Battiest-Tomasi, according to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Election Board.The election will be held July 11. Sat, 23 May 2015 17:16:48 EST Magnolia Festival named Outstanding Event at 2015 RedBud Awards http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/153665908/Magnolia-Festival-named-Outstanding-Event-at-2015-RedBud-Awards The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association (OTIA) held its annual RedBud Awards gala at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City on May 19. Open to all Oklahoma tourism entities, the RedBud Awards represent the highest honor given in the Oklahoma... Sat, 23 May 2015 17:16:42 EST Durant’s Magnolia Festival offers weekend of family fun http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/153666030/Durants-Magnolia-Festival-offers-weekend-of-family-fun Visit Durant May 28-30 for a weekend of family fun at the 19th annual Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma. Festivities include an art show, carnival, vendor booths, entertainment and more at the Choctaw Event Center along with the Durant Rodeo, 5K run, bike... Sat, 23 May 2015 17:16:41 EST Blue River Bridge reopens http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/153651131/Blue-River-Bridge-reopens The Blue River Bridge on Highway 48 north of Durant that was closed due to flooding has reopened.According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the bridge reopened Thursday afternoon. Fri, 22 May 2015 09:51:44 EST Fireworks show to be held http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/153650969/Fireworks-show-to-be-held A free fireworks show will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Durant Multi Sports Complex on Highway 78. Fri, 22 May 2015 09:51:42 EST Southeastern Homecoming scheduled http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/153613583/Southeastern-Homecoming-scheduled It has nothing to do with daylight saving time, but Southeastern Oklahoma State University's Homecoming 2015 should be marked on your calendar. Fri, 22 May 2015 09:51:41 EST Lake Texoma predicted to overflow http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-news/153632396/Lake-Texoma-predicted-to-overflow Lake Texoma water levels continue to rise. Water level is currently at 636.60. All six floodgates are partially open releasing 35,1000 cubic feet per second. Both generators are generating electricity. Texarkana, DeKalb and Bonham are towns that are... Thu, 21 May 2015 11:06:43 EST