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Nursing home hosts fishing day

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oakridge Nursing Center and Centric Home Health & Hospice partnered last week to provide a unique fishing day to senior residents at Oakridge … more

Caddo community honors senior citizens.

On Saturday, June 5, Caddo Community Association sponsored the annual “80s and 80s Banquet.” This year was an especially joyful occasion for 39 honorees, coming out of the isolation of … more

Additional jobs on the way in new manufacturing facility

More local job opportunities may soon be on the way as SG Blocks, Inc., has begun the process of adding an additional manufacturing facility for internal and external projects in Durant. The … more

Reimagining the Hotel Durant

In 2018 I invited you to imagine the grandeur of the historic Hotel Durant when it opened on Main Street in January of 1927. In my previous article, I concentrated my research on the hotel, but the … more

Work continuing on Ron Cross Senior Center

Construction progress at The Ron Cross Senior Activity Center in Durant means a variety of healthy activities are coming soon to the community. In the dining hall, crews have installed beautiful … more

Main Street car show is Friday and Saturday

If you are looking for something fun to do over Father’s Day weekend, be sure and cruise down to Durant Main Street’s annual Draggin’ Main Car Show and Cruise Friday and Saturday in … more

Choctaw Nation Community Partner Fund Awards more than $65,000 to Durant and Bryan County

The Choctaw Nation awarded the city of Durant $58,300 and Bryan County $6,700 from the Choctaw Community Partner Fund to continue to help strengthen and develop the local area. The Choctaw … more

Choctaw Nation receives American Rescue Plan Act funds

The Choctaw Nation has received $944 million in an initial payment of Fiscal Recovery Funds under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) from the U.S. Treasury. An initial distribution was allocated to … more

Northwest Heights spring honor roll

Northwest Heights Elementary School released its spring 2021 honor roll. Superintendent’s Honor Roll First Grade Jemma Ammons, Skyler Anderson, Hadlee Arnold, Arjun Bagdure, Luke … more

Democrat wins awards at OPA convention

The Durant Democrat captured five awards during the Oklahoma Press Association Better Newspaper Contest awards banquet Saturday evening at the Sheraton Hotel in Oklahoma City. Democrat publisher … more

Imagine Durant Wine Walk

Brenda Dewald, Kaylin Dewald, Grace Rudolf and Shawna Dewald participated in the Imagine Durant Wine Walk recently in downtown Durant. This was the fourth annual wine walk and it included nine stops … more

Magnolia Run

Runners near the finish line in the Magnolia 5K Run June 5 in downtown Durant. This was one of many events held in conjunction with the Magnolia Festival. Runners take off during the Magnolia 1 … more

Magnolia Bike Ride

The Durant Rotary Club Magnolia Bike Tour was June 5 and the route started at Durant High School. More than 100 riders participated in the 25th annual bike tour and the Rotary Club was able to raise … more

School board hires new principal, coach

The Durant Board of Education voted to hire a new principal for Washington Irving and a coach for the high school baseball team during a meeting Monday. Gary Canada was named principal of … more

Magnolia Festival the biggest ever

The annual Magnolia Festival held last Thursday-Saturday had the biggest turnout it has had since the festival began in 1997, according to Jane Reed, executive director of the Durant Area Chamber of … more

Recess for teachers

The staff of Washington Irving Elementary School had their own recess during the last day of the 2020-21 school year. Washington Irving Elementary School Principal Lisa Whitley reacts after … more

Calera Fire-Rescue wants to bring fire truck donated to New York back home

Calera Fire-Rescue is seeking to bring a fire truck donated to the Fire Department of New York back home. In 1995 after the Oklahoma City bombing, 10 firefighters from FDNY came to Oklahoma to … more

Microbrewery opens in downtown Durant

Lost Street Brewing Company opened its doors last week and it is the first microbrewery in Durant. The brewing company says on its website that it all started with a Christmas gift when the Dewald … more

OHP’s Darkest Day remembered

Three troopers who were killed 43 years ago during the Caddo/Kenefic shootouts with two escaped convicts were remembered during a memorial service last week at Boland Park in Caddo where there is a … more

It’s a Mystery to Me

Through the years the statement, “It’s a mystery to me,” has been most helpful to express situations and actions for which I can see no logic. In school science classes, I studied … more
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