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49th Avenue residents applaud rejection of cement plant

The Durant City Council drew applause from residents along 49th Avenue south of University Boulevard when it denied the final plat of a ready-mix cement plant at 613 N. 49th in Durant. The council … more

Vigil held for domestic violence victims

“Love Shouldn’t Hurt” was the theme of this year’s candlelight vigil by the Crisis Control Center in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The vigil was held Monday … more

Reception held for outgoing SE president

A reception was held Wednesday afternoon at the Sidewalk Cafe for Southeastern President Sean Burrage, who has accepted a position as vice president of executive affairs with the University of … more

Keeping cancer on the run

Approximately 200 runners turned out to raise money for cancer research in the third annual Bryan County “Relay for Life,” along the Crooked Smile Trail at the Southeastern Oklahoma State … more

SE Alumni Association to honor two distinguished former faculty members

Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor two individuals with the Distinguished Former Faculty Award during homecoming festivities October 24-26. This year’s Distinguished Former … more

NWH Fall Family Fun Night

Jaxon Diviney, a first grader at Northwest Heights Elementary School, gets his face painted during the school’s Fall Family Fun Night Thursday evening when a variety of activities were held. more

“Still Life” to be subject of Oct. Book Talk

The first in an acclaimed series of mystery novels by N. Y. Times bestselling author Louise Penny, “Still Life,” is Book Talk’s choice for its Oct. 10 discussion at Donald W. … more

Colton’s Run to be held Saturday Oct. 19

The 10th annual Colton’s Main Street Run will take off Saturday morning, Oct. 19, and organizers are planning for 1,500 runners. The Fun Run will begin at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K-10K will be … more

Deputy nabs alleged burglars in Cartwright

A call about suspicious activity in Cartwright led to the arrest, escape and rearrest, of two burglary suspects, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Tyler Balentine was … more

Charges filed in shooting

A Bokchito man has been charged with two felonies in connection with a shooting last Sunday. Seventy-two-year-old Henry Allen Thomas was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and … more

Fire Prevention Week coming up

The week of October 7-11 is Fire Prevention Week. The slogan this year is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice your Escape.” “If you can’t come to the fire … more

State preparing for driverless vehicles

OKLAHOMA CITY – The day is coming when it will be possible for parents in Oklahoma to put their children in cars, punch a few buttons or say a few words and expect them to be delivered safely … more

Lady Lion seniors honored

Durant Lady Lion Softball players who are seniors were recognized before the game Tuesday and Rayvan Polk is shown with her mother Krissy Polk. Durant Lady Lions pitcher Isabelle Cox walks with … more

Job fair set Thursday

Durant Area Chamber of Commerce announces the second annual Durant Job Fair is Thursday, October 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Choctaw Event Center, 3702 Choctaw Road in Durant. The Durant Job … more

Kiamichi nursing program ranked tops in state

A website that promotes nursing careers has named the top 20 Licensed Practical Nursing programs in Oklahoma and top 4 are Kiamichi Technology Center programs including the Durant … more


The Democrat incorrectly reported the amount of donations the city has received for restoring an angel statue in the Highland Cemetery. The actual amount that has been received is $825. more

Angel monument at cemetery to be restored

The City of Durant is seeking donations to help restore an angel statue at Highland Cemetery. The statue, located in the Barentine family burial plot, was donated to the city in 2016 by Delora … more

2019 Bryan County Free Fair closes with fun, excitement

The 2019 Bryan County Free Fair closed Saturday night with the bright lights, excitement, good food and fun of the carnival midway. The Durant Democrat was on hand to get a few photos of the … more

Area youth show off their livestock at Bryan County Free Fair

Dozens of Bryan County youth entered the show ring to compete in the Bryan County Free Fair Livestock Judging Friday and Saturday. In addition to calves, the competition included goats, lambs and … more

DHS student selected as 'Fairest of the Fair.'

Durant High School senior Sydney Williams was named Fairest of the Fair during the pageant in Rock Creek High School, Saturday night. Williams takes over from 2018's Fairest of the Fair, Lea Kelly … more
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