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Deputies investigate shootings

Two shootings left two people injured, according to reports from the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office. Last Thursday, June 25, deputies responded to the intersection of Willafa Woods and Fifth … more

Carl Albert Pool to remain closed indefinitely

The Carl Albert Swimming Pool was closed last week after a pool employee tested positive for the COVID 19 Coronavirus. Two more employees have tested positive since then, but City Manager John Dean … more

Song and dance bootcamp

Kyle Clements, 16, of Durant, recently attended the Hughes Brothers Theatre’s fifth annual Song and Stage Boot Camp. Kyle joined 57 future stars from Michigan, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, … more

Firefighters respond to wrecks

A 16-year-old boy was not injured when his Camaro collided with a FedEx semi truck, according to the Durant Fire Department. Authorities responded at 3:11 p.m. Monday on Highway 69/75 at the Red … more

Durant receives funding for sewer plant work

The City of Durant has gained approval from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for a loan of nearly $13 million for improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment system. “We are … more

Boy with rare genetic disease celebrates second birthday

A Caddo boy who has a rare genetic disease celebrated his second birthday recently with family and friends. Brady Clark was diagnosed when he was 11 months old with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) … more

Two sides meet, debate, at foot of Confederate Monument

Arguments and recriminations were the only things thrown in a peaceful, but spirited protest in front of the Bryan County Courthouse Tuesday morning. The Bryan County Commissioners’ decision to … more

Confederate monument to stay, for now

Bryan County Commissioners want voters to decide fate of Confederate monument that Black Lives Matter activists would like to see moved elsewhere. more

Christian wins second term

It appears that Bryan County voters hired incumbent Sheriff Johnny Christian for a second four-year term after the Republican primary Tuesday night. Since no Democrats declared for Sheriff, once the … more

Rainer sees bright future

Singer songwriter Jordan Rainer credits one teacher with prodding her along in her music, “The fear of failure.” The southeast Oklahoma native was born in Atoka and grew up in Bryan … more

Durant High School 2020 Prom

The Durant High School 2020 Prom was delayed and not held until June 20 due to the pandemic. DHS students Dylan Bromagem, Joslyn Airington, Cassidy Harman and Michael Wingfield walk on red carpet to … more

Farmer’s Market opens back up at Market Square

The construction of restrooms and a covered area at Market Square was finished last week and the Durant Magnolia Farmer’s Market moved back to the square last Saturday. The market was … more

Motorcycles roar during Hamilton Memorial Ride

The second annual Randy “Doc” Hamilton Memorial Ride and Scholarship Fundraiser was held Saturday. The ride and scholarship was founded by Seventh Sin Motorcycle Club to honor their late … more

Primary elections to be held Tuesday

Bryan County Republicans will decide the direction of the Sheriff’s Office during the GOP Primary next Tuesday. No Democrats are running for sheriff, so that election will be decided during … more

Transformer fire scorches Rock Creek School building

A fire that started in a transformer caught a building on fire at Rock Creek Elementary School, according to the Durant Fire Department. Several area fire departments, including Bokchito, Roberta … more

Engle named pastor of Fusion Bible

When Joel Engle preached his first sermon at Fusion Bible in Durant, the Covid-19 pandemic soon shut everything thing down. Then, the church had to change it’s delivery … more

Durant Democrat picks up OPA awards for 2019

The Durant Democrat picked up several awards in the Oklahoma Press Association’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contest Awards. And one Democrat staffer was recognized for his reporting. Democrat … more

Former Achille mayor sentenced on federal charge

The former mayor of Achille was sentenced to two years in federal prison for stealing guns out of the police department’s evidence room. Forty-three-year-old David Shane Northcutt pleaded … more

All you need to know to go to the polls

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the June 30, 2020 Primary, Rock Creek I-2 and Achille I-3 School Board, Special Proposition for the Town of Achille and Town of Bokchito Elections, Bryan … more

Hopkins retires from Youth Services

Stanley Hopkin has retired as executive director of Youth Services of Bryan County and a reception was held for him last week. He began his career in 1987 at the detention center as a child-care … more
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