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10th Annual Colton’s Run a success

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the people of Durant stepped up and revealed their true character once again by making the 10th Annual Colton’s Run a success. The 10th anniversary event raised a … more

Falling into the company of some good people

Some days it seems to me that the news coming from Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma City — and even from Durant— cannot become much more distressing. Elected officials by the truckload … more

Let’s spread the giving throughout the season

We are about to enter what is commonly called “the season of giving.” That time of the year that we take time to count our blessings, give thanks for what we have and try to provide for … more

Durant Council holds key to healing

The Durant City Council interviewed two candidates for the City Manager’s position but, in keeping with its stated objective of protecting the interests of the tax spenders over that of the … more

School choice promotes teen recovery

Officials at Mission Academy, the only sober-recovery high school in Oklahoma, don’t believe in small goals. “We’re in the miracle business,” said Joe Don Fennell, … more

Durant’s best hope is a bridge, not a wall

Travel is a great educator. During a recent trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland, my group took a taxi tour highlighting The Troubles. The violence was a conflict between the Unionists, who were … more

City Council has opportunity to find a true leader

As we move towards hiring our new City Manager, I felt it was important to point out what our city is in desperate need of; true leadership. We do not need another good ole boy or gal whose time to … more

Oklahoma kids deserve a fair and equal justice system

Our juvenile justice system is failing youth of color. Today’s youth are committing fewer crimes and fewer youth are being arrested, but there are still differences in how they are treated … more

Durant doesn’t need Blue Zones’ help

According to your article in the (Oct. 5 edition) of the Democrat Kara Byrd, executive director of Imagine Durant, invited Tony Buettner to speak to interested citizens about the possibility of … more

Traveling on Grief Avenue

I woke up this past Monday thinking about something that happened 20 years ago. This wasn’t about something happy or a cause for celebration. Metaphorically speaking, it felt as if I at … more

The medium may change, standards do not

In news, being first with a story is only part of the job. Being factual and fair, is the job. That’s an important thing to remember as we wind up National Newspaper Week for 2019. A new … more

Newspapers protect your First Amendment rights

With just 45 words the founders guaranteed five — no six — basic freedoms, fundamental American rights. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or … more

No news is free news

Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling … more

Remembering what counts 200 years later

September 17th was Constitution Day, marking the day 232 years ago when the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia formally adopted the United States Constitution as the … more

Week is about news more than papers

It is commonly held that the American Revolution started on April 19, 1775, with the legendary “Shot Heard Round the World.” And it was certainly the beginning of actual combat and the … more

Attorney General defends tax credit scholarship programs

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to defend participation of private religious schools in state tax-credit scholarship programs, arguing that a … more

Late night drives and newspapers can put life in perspective

Life often has an unexpected way of putting things in perspective. Earl Allman was a bear of a man. He was barrel chested with heavy arms and thick legs. He seemed to always be in a hurry. He had … more

Letter to Editor:

Dear Editor, Every day at the Boys & Girls Clubs across Oklahoma, I see firsthand the issues our kids face. I see it in their actions, I hear it in their voices, I see it on their faces. … more

Boys & Girls Club develops our future leaders

Larry Long is the CEO/Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Durant. He believes the most dangerous time for many kids are the hours from 3 to 6 p.m. During that time latchkey kids are … more

Democrat wins award

The Durant Democrat was recognized by Oklahoma Natural Gas and the Oklahoma Press Association for editorial writing for the month of July. The winning editorial was published in the July 20, 2019 … more
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