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Task force delves into city finances

The Durant Streets and Infrastructure Task Force heard from Durant’s Assistant City Manager and Treasurer Greg Buckley on the city’s financial condition. Buckley provided information on … more

Free small business seminar set Monday

Even though Durant wasn’t been selected to be on “Small Business Revolution – Main Street,” local small businesses can still benefit from the show’s experts. Deluxe … more

Democrat, community mourn loss

Paula Howell, who worked for the Durant Democrat for nearly 50 years until her retirement in 2016, died Wednesday after a short illness. She began her career on Feb. 1, 1967, working for owners … more

Achille mayor fails to appear for hearing

The mayor of Achille charged last year with burglary and methamphetamine possession failed to appear for a court hearing. According to Bryan County court records, 42-year-old David Shane Northcutt … more

RSVP opens senior center account

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is taking its campaign for a new senior center public by opening a bank account and encourages anyone who wants to contribute, regardless of the amount, to step … more

Firefighters respond to house fire

A propane tank is believed to be the cause of a fire that burned a carport and damaged a home on Monday. Firefighters were dispatched at 4 p.m. to 741 Rolling Wood Hills Drive about a carport and … more

Candidates address specific questions

Some Durant City Council candidates downplayed an endorsement from a sitting councilmember and the implied connection with a social media account known for provocative and sometimes incendiary … more

Local homeless shelter —‘a work in progress’

“A work in progress” is how Michelle Chester describes the community homeless shelter she is working on. Chester is owner and manager of Reflections Hair Salon in downtown Durant, and she … more

Teacher of Year to retire

The Durant Board of Education accepted retirements during a recent meeting, including a teacher who was the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. It was announced that Jon Hazell, biology instructor at … more

Nicholas Dees run held

Just more than 300 people participated in the 4th Annual Memorial Trooper Nicholas Dees #731 run held Saturday in Durant to raise awareness to the dangers of texting and driving. Trooper Dees was … more

SE baseball player struck by car in Arkansas

MONTICELLO, Ark. – A Southeastern Oklahoma State University baseball player was seriously injured Saturday evening after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, authorities said. Arkansas … more

Senior center funding on a deadline

Gaye Cunningham and Bryan County RSVP have been searching for a new location for the Robert Davis Durant Senior for 11 years. This week, she learned the group has one month to come up with … more

Candidates speak on vision, DIA funding

Durant City Council candidates gathered in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library to explain their visions for the city and how they would achieve them. The candidate forum was … more

State Regents recognize
Julian Construction, SE with Business Partnership Award

Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce. The … more

Washington, Radio Road to get facelift

At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Durant City Council approved plans to mill and resurface two streets and apply for grants to replace mechanical residential water meters with automatic … more

Absentee voters should apply early

Staff Report Voters in Bryan County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the April 2, General Municipal and School Elections should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Kim … more

Decision on fair election delayed

Bryan County District Court Judge Mark Campbell put the possibility of a second Bryan County Fair Board election on hold until at least April 1. Ashley Stuteville, who lost the Feb. 23 race … more

Wrecks injure two; cause traffic delays

Two people were injured in crashes Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning. Forty-seven-year-old Tracy Burns of Durant was taken to Texoma Medical Center, Denison, Texas, after a rollover … more

Dr. Jerry Harrison establishes scholarship for Boswell students

Longtime Dallas physician Dr. William J. “Jerry’’ Harrison believes in giving back to his community. And the Boswell native and Southeastern Oklahoma State University graduate is … more

Renowned educator Todd Whitaker to speak at SE

Renowned educator Todd Whitaker will be on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University April 12 to present two sessions to teachers, administrators and the general public. Whitaker will … more
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