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Rundel resignation could cost city thousands

The early exit of now former city manager Tim Rundel may cost the city more than $60,000, a price it would not have had to pay if Rundel had been allowed to work through the end of his contract, … more

Back-2-School Bash declared a success

When Bryan County’s schools open this week, more than 400 students will start the year with new backpacks full of school supplies thanks to the annual Back-2-School Bash coordinated by the … more

National Purple Heart Day observed locally

Each year on Aug. 7, the nation pauses to pay homage to the brave men and women, who were either wounded on the battlefield, by an act of international terrorism, or paid the ultimate sacrifice with … more

CMC helps pay for WI parking lot

Washington Irving staff made a banner to thank Commercial Metals Company (CMC) for helping pay for a new parking lot across from the school. From left, Hannah Smith, first-grade assistant; Shannon … more

Non-citizen owners of agricultural land U.S. reporting requirement

The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) was enacted by Congress in October of 1978, to establish a nationwide system to monitor foreign ownership, purchases, and sales of U.S. … more

Child drowns in pond

An 8-year-old boy drowned while swimming in a farm pond near Colbert, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. According to OHP, the boy was swimming Wednesday night with his sister in the pond when he … more

Shaking hands at Hands of Hope

Durant Mayor Oden Grube stopped by the Hands of Hope Food Pantry Monday afternoon to shake hands and talk with clients. Grube said she had no prepared remarks for the stopover, she simply wanted to … more

Buntz accepts contract for interim position

The Durant City Council voted 4 to 0 with one abstention to enter a contract to make former City Manager Paul Buntz the part-time interim City Manager. Buntz will be paid $85 per hour for up to … more

Firefighters respond to car fire, oil spill

A car caught fire Friday in the 2905 block of West University Boulevard, according to the Durant Fire Department. Firefighters responded at 1:54 p.m. and upon arrival, there was a fire in the … more

Parade held in Caddo

The Caddo Roundup Club Rodeo Parade was held July 27 on Buffalo Street in downtown Caddo. more

Choctaws hold Ag Expo

The Choctaw Nation Agriculture Expo was held Saturday at the Choctaw Event Center. Jacob Barton, 6, tries out “Bessie,” the simulated milking cow. Stephen Walters, left, of Blue River … more

‘Blue Zones’ could be coming to our town

Kara Byrd says everyone wants to be healthy, but most of us don’t make the right choices. She is hoping to bring a plan to Durant to remedy that. “Every single person you talk to wants … more

Allen named SE marketing manager

Blake Allen was recently named Marketing Manager at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. In his new role, Allen will lead the University’s marketing efforts while working closely with … more

Children bring cookies to the fire department

Members of the Durant Church of Christ made a surprise visit Friday morning to the Durant Fire Department to present cookies and a “thank you” card. Minister Logan Cates, shown above, … more

Democrat to publish two days per week

Beginning this upcoming week, the Durant Democrat will begin publishing two days per week, Wednesdays and Saturdays. All current subscribers have had their subscriptions extended to account for fewer … more

Council delays decision on interim city manager

The Durant City Council planned to appoint former City Manager Paul Buntz as interim city manager at a special called meeting Friday morning, but that didn’t happen. According to a statement … more

School bonds to be on Sept. 10 ballot

Durant Independent School District Superintendent Duane Merideth is gearing up to answer questions about two proposed school bonds to be on the Sept. 10 ballot. Including one to finance construction … more

Rundel quits upon Grube’s request

The Durant City Council asked for, and received, City Manager Tim Rundel’s resignation during a special meeting Tuesday night. The city will pay Rundel six-months salary and benefits beyond … more

Back-2-School Bash set for Saturday

The Bryan County Turning Point Coalition will host its annual Back-2-School Bash this Saturday Aug. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. Organizers say there are still chances to donate and … more

J127 preparing to open

The J127 Dayspring Campus on 49th Avenue in Durant has been abuzz with activity in preparation of opening its first home for young adults aging out of the foster care system. Executive Director … more
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