Durant Democrat- RSS NEWS Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS Tue, 26 May 2015 09:02:51 EST 1800 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 Oklahoma GOP roiled by infighting as conference looms http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/153631860/Oklahoma-GOP-roiled-by-infighting-as-conference-looms OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As Republicans prepare for some of the party's biggest names to descend on Oklahoma for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the state party is being rocked by infighting over its new chairman's... Thu, 21 May 2015 11:06:42 EST Oklahoma House passes $7.1 billion appropriations bill http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/153632673/Oklahoma-House-passes-$7.1-billion-appropriations-bill OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House late Wednesday approved a $7.1 billion budget plan to fund state government and services in the upcoming year. Thu, 21 May 2015 11:06:41 EST REI still interested in former middle school http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/153581956/REI-still-interested-in-former-middle-school REI hasn't yet “pulled together” more information on its proposed purchase of the old Durant Middle School, but isn't giving up on its effort to get a zoning change company officials say it needs to take over the... Wed, 20 May 2015 10:51:46 EST Permit denied for facility http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/153606743/Permit-denied-for-facility The Durant Community Development Board held a public meeting Tuesday evening to allow the public to voice their opinion on the substance abuse center proposed by the HOW Foundation of Tulsa. Wed, 20 May 2015 10:51:44 EST School Board approves new hires and resignations http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/153578078/School-Board-approves-new-hires-and-resignations The Durant School Board met recently and approved resignations and new hires for the district. They were also presented an update on the projects for Northwest Heights Elementary. The addition construction has been halted because of the two weeks of... Wed, 20 May 2015 10:51:43 EST She’s looking for a miracle http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/153508990/Shes-looking-for-a-miracle The Durant Walmart has teamed up with The Children's Miracle Network and plans to raise donations of $9,500 or more. Last year the store raised $9,000. A Walmart store employee Peggy Boston Clark has formed a band with another employee and 2... Wed, 20 May 2015 10:51:41 EST Shooting under investigation http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/153580650/Shooting-under-investigation The Bryan County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are investigating a shooting that happened Saturday evening in Colbert. Tue, 19 May 2015 09:51:41 EST