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Municipal elections will be April 6

Voters in Bryan County who want absentee ballots mailed to them for the April 6 , 2021, Municipal Election should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Kimberly Norris said. Absentee ballots … more

Applications closing soon for Cadet Lawman Academy

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol announces applications for the 47th Cadet Lawman Academy are open until April 1. The free, week-long summer program is open to students between their junior and senior … more

Former Democrat editor dies

Former Durant Democrat editor Larry Joe Marcy died March 17 after a battle with cancer and a memorial service was held for him Saturday with burial following Tuesday at Fort Gibson National Cemetery … more

Food distribution to be held Saturday

Catholic charities food distribution will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27 at St. William Catholic Church, Durant. Food will be available for walk-up, pick-up on the fourth Saturday of the … more

Pet parade in Magnolia Art Alley

Caden and Kinsley Mussett are shown with their dog during the dog parade at Magnolia Mile Art Alley. The event was part of Durant Main Street’s St. Patrick’s Celebration. Ieysha … more

Varner retires from Calera Fire Department

A 20-year veteran of Calera Fire-Rescue has retired from the department, it was announced during a Calera Council meeting last week. Sherrie Nix Varner was presented a ceremonial ax by Fire Chief … more

Downtown mule barns

A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. They are hardier than a horse, eat less, and endure more. Their hard hooves and strong bodies enable them to carry heavy loads in the … more

Senate approves Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act

OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to protect churches as essential in the state of Oklahoma. Senate Bill 368, by David Bullard, R-Durant, creates the Oklahoma Religious … more

Southeastern participates in Oklahoma Research Day

A number of students and faculty members from Southeastern Oklahoma State University participated in Oklahoma Research Day, held this month in a virtual format. Oklahoma Research Day promotes … more

Bill allowing juniors to enroll in OHLAP passes Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY – Hundreds of Oklahoma students complete their college degree each year thanks to the financial assistance provided them through the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program … more

Law enforcement and public safety youth program passes Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY – Having a sufficient number of law enforcement officers is crucial to public safety in Oklahoma, and Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, wants to give high school students a glimpse … more

Humphrey defends rights of the unborn

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, last week debated in favor of a measure that would reduce the number of abortions performed in Oklahoma. House Bill 1102, of which … more

Choctaw Nation offers COVID-19 vaccinations to public

The Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority (CNHSA) is opening vaccination appointment times for non-tribal members. Last week, it became open to educators of any level or type of institution and … more

Council approves rezoning request

Durant City Council approved a request to rezone property at South Ninth Avenue and Rodeo Road from general agriculture to single-family residential at the request of Sunstar LLC who is wanting to … more

Three Valley Museum feels effects of pandemic

Like other entities in the nation, the board of the Three Valley Museum voted in March 2020 to close its doors to the public as a means to slowing the spread of the Coronavirus. “We have … more

Oklahoma Republicans flinch from ban on controversial ‘training’

With Marxist-derived “critical race theory” being imposed in more institutions, several state Republican lawmakers filed legislation this year to prevent government-funded entities from … more

Senate votes to move school board elections to November

Members of the state Senate have voted to shift many Oklahoma school-board elections to November in a move supporters say will increase voter participation and candidate filings. “There has … more

Choctaw Nation Community Partner Fund awards more than $66,000 to Durant and Bryan County

The Choctaw Nation awarded the city of Durant $59,300 and Bryan County $6,800 from the Choctaw Community Partner Fund to continue to help strengthen and develop the local area. The Choctaw … more

Parenting classes to be offered by Bryan County OSU Extension Service

The Bryan County OSU Extension Service announces their upcoming free parenting education classes. A parenting class geared for parents with infants and toddlers, “Active Parenting First Five … more

Cross named Durant Citizen of the Year

Tammy Cross has been named Durant Citizen of the Year, an award given annually by the Kiwanis Club of Durant. She was presented the award at the club’s meeting last week. The award … more
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