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Durant Democrat tops in editorial writing, receives other awards

The Durant Democrat took first place for editorial writing in its division in the Oklahoma Press Association’s 2018 Better Newspaper Contest. The newspaper and staff also picked up several … more

Oklahoma Democrats elect first African-American to lead party

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Democratic Party has elected a Tulsa real estate agent as its new chairman, the first time an African American has been elected leader of the party in the … more

Task Force approves first recommendations

The Durant Streets and Infrastructure Task Force will recommend a fee on water bills to finance upgrades to Durant’s water and wastewater facilities. “It will be entered into the … more

City sued over Rundel’s contract

A former Durant city employee has filed a lawsuit against the city asking the court to nullify the contract of the city manager that fired him. On Thursday, June 6, Dempsey Keach Ballard sued the … more

SE grad receives scholarship to study in South Korea

Kameron Dunn, a May 2019 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Korean in Busan, South Korea, this … more

‘Al-leluia’ it’s time for OSF

The Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival is in full swing for its 40th season. This weekend, the company opens its season with “The Four Guys Named Al in Al-leluia,” in the fifth installment … more

Man charged with armed robbery against parents

A Durant man is accused of pulling a knife on his father and robbing him of money. Thirty-year-old Paul Joseph Payne II has been charged with felony first-degree robbery and misdemeanor possession … more

Boy hit by car recovering

A 10-year-old boy hit last week by a car is recovering in the hospital. Daxton Smith was playing at the splash pad with a friend on Thursday when they decided to ride their bikes and Smith was … more

Task Force to consider plans

The Durant Streets and Infrastructure Task Force will review the first products of its work at a regular meeting this Thursday. With its end-of-June deadline quickly approaching, the Task Force … more

City, builder at odds over plat

Four property owners are in limbo as a developer and the city are at loggerheads over re-platting their property. City officials say they are sympathetic, but there is little they can do … more

Choctaw Nation Housing opens 40 new homes in Durant

The Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, opening 40 new lease-purchase (LEAP) homes. The LEAP program is designed to assist Choctaw tribal members to … more

Chickasaw Nation’s governor to seek 9th term, run with son

ADA (AP) — The Chickasaw Nation’s longtime governor has filed for a ninth consecutive term as the tribe’s leader and his son is joining him on the ticket. Gov. Bill Anoatubby … more

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In works
For city

With a deadline only four weeks away, the Durant Streets and Infrastructure Task Force is drafting proposals to finance street repairs. At its regular meeting Thursday, the Task Force assigned its … more

Meeting to be held about Jefferson Highway

Staff reports Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will be meeting next week with the Jefferson Highway Association and the organization is asking for support from Durant residents. The meeting will … more

Council gets look at budget

Durant City staff is finalizing the city’s budget for Fiscal 2019-20 and expects to have a completed spending plan for approval by the City Council on June 11. The council held a day-long … more

Magnolia Festival is underway

The 23rd Annual Magnolia Festival is underway and Durant Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janet Reed said it has much to offer visitors. “We have entertainment for the entire … more

Tentative date set for second Fair Board election

The Bryan County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Monday that sets in motion another election for members of the County fair board. The resolution sets an election for July 6, although … more

Southeastern Staff Association presents annual awards

The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Staff Association (SSA) presented many awards during its recent annual luncheon. Southeastern acting president Dr. Bryon Clark, SSA president Alisha … more

Magnolia Festival to kick off this week

The Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma has been held since 1997 in Durant and promises plenty of family fun throughout its three-day span. The event is hosted at the Choctaw Event Center beginning … more

Budget workshop tomorrow in City Hall

The Durant City Council will hold a budget workshop tomorrow. City Manager Tim Rundel said the workshop is an opportunity for the council to provide input and get information on the city’s … more
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