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Vacant house set afire

Staff report A house that caught fire in September was set on fire early Monday, according to the Durant Fire Department. Firefighters were dispatched at 12:22 a.m. to 105 W. Georgia St. and … more

‘Small Business
Revolution - Main Street’ comes
to Durant

The City of Durant, Durant Main Street, Imagine Durant, the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce and various other business and civic leaders along with business owners and individuals are ready to … more

Rundel drops suit against city, Grube

Durant City Manager Tim Rundel has dropped a defamation lawsuit he filed against the city and Councilmember Oden Grube last September. In written statement, Rundel said the relationship between he, … more

Stitt sworn in as Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officially has a new Republican governor, a 46-year-old political newcomer who promised to use his business acumen to make state government more transparent and … more

Fairways, flyways grow in popularity

It’s a game that consists of throwing a disc into a bucket. It’s called disc golf and it appears to be one of the fastest growing sports in the country. “Everybody can … more

Fallin touts new Durant facility

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Outgoing Governor Mary Fallin expressed appreciation to the HWH Group for its decision to select Durant as the site for Salem Tube’s North American … more

Calera businesses to receive help

Several organizations have banded together to assist Calera when construction begins on the highway project through town later this year. In July 2016, Oklahoma was awarded a $62 million FAST LANE … more

City gearing up for visit

Durant business and civic leaders are gearing up for a visit they hope will propel the city onto the national stage through the online business makeover show, “Small Business Revolution – … more

Discs, ditches and votes

Disc golfers will have a new place to hone their skills thanks to Durant Trails and Open Space and the Durant City Council. At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the council appointed an ad hoc … more

Man charged with leaving the scene of fatality crash

Durant Police arrested a man they said left the scene of a crash where one person later died. Thirty-year-old Casey Drew Sallee was charged Tuesday with felony leaving the scene of a fatality … more

Woman charged with manslaughter

Staff report A Bokchito woman involved in a crash three years ago where one of the victims later died is now facing a felony charge. Thirty-two-year-old Lisa Nicole Smith has been charged with … more

Train derails at Bokchito

Kiamichi Railroad workers were on the scene this morning after train cars derailed at Bokchito. No one was injured and the cause of the accident is under investigation. more

Putting out the welcome mat

Approximately 75 people showed up to help Durant put its best foot forward this past Saturday in preparation for a visit by an internet business makeover show. “We actually finished by 11 … more

Shorter council meetings?

The Durant City Council has implemented a plan to streamline its regular council meetings. “It’s an attempt to help reduce the time of some of our longer meetings,” said Mayor … more

Glendel Rushing retires as longest-serving assessor

If Glendel Rushing had found a job teaching in Bryan County, he may never have served more than half a century as Bryan County Assessor. Rushing, who retired in December after serving as county … more

SE Aviation to hold open house

Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host an Aviation Open House from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Aviation Visitation Day is designed for high school junior and seniors … more

Registration continues as spring classes begin January 14

Registration is still open for students interested in attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University this spring. For registration information, contact the office of admissions and recruitment … more

SE Aviation to hold open house

Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host an Aviation Open House from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Aviation Visitation Day is designed for high school junior and seniors … more

Wastewater collection overwhelmed by rain

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of stories on Durant’s infrastructure needs based on a report presented to the Durant City Council last summer by Brandon Wall of Wall … more

By Mary E. Maurer
For the Democrat

On the night of December 17, 1915, a young girl named Pauline fell asleep in her bedroom. A short while later her mother, in the room next door, heard groaning and sent her husband to investigate. He … more
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