Durant Democrat- RSS NEWS Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:24:29 EST 1800 Durant Police to have Thanksgiving aggressive driving campaign http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150580369/Durant-Police-to-have-Thanksgiving-aggressive-driving-campaign This year has flown by, and Thanksgiving is already right around the corner. For many of us, this means traveling to spend the holiday with friends and family, near and far. So the Durant Police Department wants to remind everyone that no matter how... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:18:13 EST Woman charged with rape http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150608816/Woman-charged-with-rape A woman is facing rape and “sexting” charges after an investigation by the Durant Police Department into allegations she had sex with a minor and sent pictures and texts of a sexual nature. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:04:09 EST Former Choctaw official says he accepted gifts http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150611902/Former-Choctaw-official-says-he-accepted-gifts MUSKOGEE (AP) — A former Choctaw Nation official has testified that he accepted gifts and cash from several contractors. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:00:08 EST Fire department hears concerns http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150609612/Fire-department-hears-concerns Despite conversation on social media about the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department in Bryan County, only one community member attended a meeting of the board to address issues that have come to light. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:59:07 EST Students have Thanksgiving fun http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150609650/Students-have-Thanksgiving-fun Two Durant Head Start centers gathered as Pilgrims and Indians to share a Thanksgiving feast and entertainment. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:58:06 EST Firefighters respond to fires http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150604134/Firefighters-respond-to-fires Durant firefighters have put out several small fires during the past few days, according to department reports. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:36:09 EST GOP business leaders call for immigration bill http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150607256/GOP-business-leaders-call-for-immigration-bill OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Republican business owners in Oklahoma called on Congress on Wednesday to pass an immigration bill that includes a path to legal status for some of the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. unlawfully, saying... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:36:09 EST Choctaw Nation shows off its artists http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150594611/Choctaw-Nation-shows-off-its-artists The Choctaw Nation continues to spotlight local tribal artists during monthly Meet the Artist events highlighting a special piece of Choctaw heritage. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:24:11 EST Merida trial continues http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150594546/Merida-trial-continues A trial is continuing today in Muskogee for a former Choctaw Nation executive indicted on federal charges of bribery and theft. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:21:07 EST Brecheen sworn in for second term http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150588118/Brecheen-sworn-in-for-second-term Sen. Josh Brecheen has begun his second term after being officially sworn in during a special oath of office ceremony at the Capitol on Tuesday. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:21:08 EST Keystone XL work already completed in Oklahoma http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150577092/Keystone-XL-work-already-completed-in-Oklahoma OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma leaders are praising the renewed momentum in Congress to approve construction of the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, even though the project will have very little economic impact on the Sooner... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:35:12 EST Recommendations to Oklahoma agency are sent out http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150571151/Recommendations-to-Oklahoma-agency-are-sent-out TULSA (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services must review plans to develop new foster homes, prepare weekly caseload reports and develop a remediation plan to reduce a Child Protective Services backlog, a new report released Monday... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:33:10 EST Women testify against officer charged with rape http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150571093/Women-testify-against-officer-charged-with-rape OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three women testified Monday that an Oklahoma City police officer sexually assaulted them while he was on duty, including one woman who said he sexually assaulted her while she was high on drugs and handcuffed to a hospital... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:32:06 EST Caddo welcomes new business http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150545293/Caddo-welcomes-new-business Caddo Community Association presented a welcome bouquet to new business owner, Teresa Percell. Southern Babes Boutique, located at 107 W. Buffalo Street in Caddo, welcomed their first customers on Caddo Heritage Day, Oct. 18. Teresa says she has... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:12:06 EST DESS to host Parade of Homes http://durantdemocrat.com/news/lifestyle/150546349/DESS-to-host-Parade-of-Homes The annual Durant Education and Service Sorority DESS Holiday Parade of Homes will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7. This annual fundraiser supports local charities throughout the Bryan County area. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:42:08 EST Using wheat pasture as a winter supplement for cows http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news_agricultural/150546184/Using-wheat-pasture-as-a-winter-supplement-for-cows Limited grazing of wheat pasture has proven to be the best and also more efficient approach for utilizing this high-quality forage with mature beef cows. The protein requirements of a dry cow can be met by allowing her to graze on wheat pasture for... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:32:05 EST Amy Shojai to speak at luncheon http://durantdemocrat.com/news/lifestyle/150546241/Amy-Shojai-to-speak-at-luncheon Sherman author Amy Shojai will speak at a Brown-Bag Luncheon in Durant on Nov. 20, sponsored by the Friends of the Donald W. Reynolds Library.The noon luncheon will be at the library, 1515 W. Main St., and is free to the public. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:34:10 EST Check out the Library http://durantdemocrat.com/news/lifestyle/150541622/Check-out-the-Library Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. -5 p.m.-OverDrive eBook collection– OK Virtual Library Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:52:09 EST Event raises funds for museum http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/150552760/Event-raises-funds-for-museum Eight teams competed in the first-ever “Planes, Trains and Brains” fundraiser for the Three Valley Museum held at the Massey Building on West Main Street Friday night. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:37:11 EST Coats for Kids kicks off early http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/150545636/Coats-for-Kids-kicks-off-early The Durant Retired Senior Volunteer Program has launched its annual Coats for Kids coat drive early this year due to unusually cold November temperatures. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:43:08 EST