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Spiritual response to First Responders

Local churches got together to pray for and encourage Bryan County first responders as they deal with the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. more

Spring storms roaring in

Emergency Management Director recommends using smart phone radio scanner app to keep up with developments. more

Stitt announces plan to reopen businesses around the state

Governor Kevin Stitt announced his “Open Up and Recover Safely” program will begin tomorrow, April 24. The plan consists of three phases to reopen businesses providing that hospital and … more

Environmental assessment planned for Kingston resort

A Final Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to assess the environmental effects of taking an approximately 61.7-acre site three miles east of Kingston into federal trust for the benefit … more

Durant takes $13.2M infrastructure loan

At its regular meeting last Tuesday, the Durant City Council voted unanimously to borrow $13.2 million from First United Bank for street and infrastructure repairs. City Manager John Dean said the … more

Caddo museum building comes tumbling down

Part of the front of the Caddo Indian Territory Museum came crashing down Sunday afternoon. The museum had been closed since February due to structural problems with the building. Bricks next to … more

Board of Education holds virtual meeting

The Durant Board of Education held its first virtual meeting under the amended Open Meeting Act which allows public bodies more leeway with teleconferencing and videoconferencing. The board … more

Iconic Branding Iron steer taken down

The Branding Iron Family Restaurant closed its doors for good on March 25 and on Saturday, the iconic steer that stood watch over the sign on Main Street for 45 years was taken down and put out to … more

Bryan County offering curbside COVID-19 tests

The Bryan County Health Department is one of several offices around the state to offer Curbside COVID-19 Testing. Tests are free while supplies last and will be offered by appointment only. Anyone … more

Merideth is hoping for a graduation ceremony

Durant school Superintendent Duane Merideth is determined to provide some type of graduation recognition for 2020’s graduating class, but how that will happen is uncertain.“Right now, … more

Two killed in Bennington crash

A Bennington man and woman were killed Saturday when their all-terrain vehicle was struck by a pickup, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. Homer Gilbert, 79, and Betty Gilbert, 77, died at the scene … more

A new service for a new Easter season

Churches may be empty, but the faithful will gather in cyberspace to celebrate their most holy day. more

Easter Bunny pays a socially-distant visit to Durant!

Durant Main Street and downtown merchants hosted a socially distant visit by the Easter Bunny Saturday morning.  The Easter Bunny visited downtown from 10 a.m. to noon as part of the … more

Smith promoted to Retail Banking Officer

Stormy Smith has been promoted to Retail Banking Officer at Vison Bank, Durant, said Vision Bank President Jeff Hammock. Smith, a graduate of Durant High School, joined Vision Bank six years ago. … more

Bryan County in the market for adequate PPE

Gov. Kevin Stitt said Oklahoma has sufficient personal protective equipment for the time being, but Bryan County officials are concerned. more

Time to file is now

The statewide candidate filing period begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 8th, said Kimberly Norris, Secretary of the Bryan County Election Board. more

Durant Democrat offices temporarily closed

The Durant Democrat will continue to publish, though its offices will be closed until April 20 due to the COVID-19, Corona Virus. Durant Democrat management had initially planned to suspend … more

Hank Williams Jr. concert rescheduled

Country music artist, Hank Williams Jr. has rescheduled his May 23 concert at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant to August 21, 2020. Fans should hold onto their tickets, as they will be … more

Learning to be done at a ‘distance’

Durant students will complete the remainder of the school year through “distance learning.” The definition of distance learning will vary based on the student’s location and the … more

The new temporary normal

With the advent of the COVID-19 Coronavirus locally, Bryan County is now under a new, more restrictive order issued by Gov. Kevin Stitt just this past Wednesday. Stitt’s order calls for persons … more
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