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Eighth Annual Katy Morris Shakespeare Symposium a success

On Tuesday, June 4, the 8th Annual Katy Morris Shakespeare Symposium occurred on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus. The Symposium is named after the late Katy Morris, a lover of … more

It’s about the public’s right to know, not trashing officials

Journalists are tasked with more than just telling people what is happening around them. One of the most important functions of the local media, whether print, broadcast or some other form, is that … more

Task Force deserves thanks for public service

The Durant Streets and Infrastructure Task Force has completed its work and is prepared to make its presentation to the Durant City Council. All the Task Force members deserve the thanks of all … more

It’s time to ignore the scare tactics and get serious about our streets

The Durant Streets and Infrastructure Task Force is in the final stretch of its work. The Task Force was born out of the frustration of City Manager Tim Rundel experienced over his attempt to sell a … more

Oklahoma in bottom 10 for child well-being

Oklahoma ranks in the bottom 10 states in the nation for child well-being with an overall ranking of 42nd out of all 50 states according to the 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie E. Casey … more

Growing up hungry changes everything

Almost 2,400 Bryan County children do not get enough to eat most of the time, according to the Kids Count Data Center. That’s 23.3 percent, almost one-fourth of our children who might go hungry … more

Letter to the Editor

Community activist and Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteer Gay Cunningham was the driving force in the campaign to purchase the former Northwest Church of Christ building to be converted into … more

OSF veteran happy to get back to roots

Jarrett Self attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s production of the musical “Chicago” in 2014 and said it was an epiphany. “I thought, ‘I’ve got to … more

This is a good time for Durant to search its collective soul

Durant City Manager Tim Rundel has announced his intention to leave his office when his contract expires in December. His decision to announce this early gives the city a chance to not only search … more

Self proclaimed ‘Weird Tree Guy’ explains global warming

If you live on any of these streets in Durant: Fourteenth, Roosevelt, Hill, or Ninth, you have probably seen me walking along your street in February and March looking at your trees (not at you). For … more

Task Force has gotten off to a good start

The Durant Streets and Infrastructure Task Force has completed its first draft recommendation on financing repairs and upgrades to the water and wastewater systems. If the Task Force makes all its … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor You can’t borrow or spend yourself out of debt. The city has a debt problem. It currently owes more than its ability to pay, and its needs will continue to grow as its aging … more

Task Force plan should provide desperately needed answers

The Durant Streets and Infrastructure Task Force has decided to do a real-world comparison of the only two options for financing infrastructure improvements available to the city. This is an … more

Letter to the Editor:

Dear Editor, I want to compliment the editorial, “Let Us Not Forget What Was Given for Our Freedom,” in the Saturday, May 25, 2019 Durant Democrat. It cost many precious lives and … more

The world needs more ‘Helper Bees’

Long, long, long ago before I was in first grade, my favorite television show was Romper Room. This program was a “kindergarten” experience for preschoolers. Then kindergarten was a … more

Let us not forget what was given for our freedom

“What I can do for my country, I am willing to do.” Christopher Gadsden Christopher Gadsden was a rich man. He inherited much of his wealth, but he maintained and built his estate … more

Capitol update for District 19

The Oklahoma House of Representatives have completed another session. In a historical fashion, we delivered on of the largest and I believe the most outstanding state budget. We added $458 million to … more

Dealing with ‘Abner Mallity’

Old friend Abner Mallity visited briefly and could only shake his head at the state of our country. “I thought I had stumbled into some elementary school,” he said. “When did our … more


Earlier this week the Democrat reported on how Mayor [then council member] Oden Grube may have violated the Durant City Council’s code of ethics last year by leaking privileged information to … more


According to experts, the vast majority of people in the United States will never be the victims of violent crime. It just doesn’t happen that often. In fact, when one considers the overall … more
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