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Early voting underway today

Early voting for the April 2 election opens today, Thursday, and runs through tomorrow. The Bryan County election board office in the courthouse at 402 W. Evergreen St. in Durant, will be open from 8 … more

Council candidates forum held at SE

Southeastern Oklahoma Leadership Development hosted a Durant City Council candidates forum Wednesday afternoon at the Russell Building on the Southeastern campus. SE President Sean Burrage … more

Durant to be named Purple Heart City

Friday is Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day and Durant will be named a Purple Heart City during an event at 5:30 that evening at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library. This new day of … more

Two charged with sex crimes

Two men have been charged with sexually abusing children in separate cases. Twenty-year-old Charles Glenn Gould of Calera has been charged with rape by instrumentation and lewd molestation. … more

LadyStorm plays at Ada

ADA – Tuesday at East Central featured the synchronized split, the mysterious ejection and the highlight-reel leap of the Storm shortstop over the diving Storm leftfielder to make a circus … more

Georgetti joins First United team

Kevin Georgetti has joined First United Bank as its Chief Compliance Officer. He will oversee the BSA/AML department, Compliance department and the development and implementation of the regulatory … more

Anger, hope from families and survivors of opioid crisis

A multimillion-dollar settlement in the nation’s deadliest drug crisis brought no relief to Jodi Barber, whose 19-year-old son died of a prescription drug overdose. He became addicted to … more

Harnessing momentum

More than 100 small-business owners gathered in the Bell Tower Event Center to learn from small business experts. Deluxe Corporation and Small Business Revolution – Main Street hosted a free … more

Choctaw named admiral in Public Health Service

Rear Adm. Travis Watts, a member of the Choctaw Nation, was promoted this month in a Flag Ceremony of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. With the “pinning” Watts advanced … more

Oklahoma moves to stop towns from fees, bans on plastic bags

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags, a measure that officials in one … more

Wrecks injure two

Two people were injured in crashes Friday and Monday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. Twenty-three-year-old Hunter Burkhalter of Calera was flown by air ambulance to Medical City Plano, Plano, … more

Maker of OxyContin reaches $270M settlement in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of OxyContin and the family that owns the company have reached a $270 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma over the prescription painkiller’s role … more

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
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