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Multi-Sports Complex supporters need to provide real data

When discussion turns to the Durant Multi-Sports Complex it often seems to be an either/or proposition. Either people hate the complex, or they love it. And, it seems that which side a person falls … more

Capitol Update

Oklahoma correctional officers are losing their lives at an alarming rate, and people are not speaking up. Oklahoma correctional officer pay is $13.74 per hour, making it extremely difficult to hire … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor As a pharmacist of 34 years in the State of Oklahoma, I feel I must respond to misinformation being disseminated about the Patient’s Right to Pharmacy Choice Act. HB2632 and … more

New councilmembers can mean a new start

New Durant Councilmembers Danny Sherrer, Mike Morris and Steve Brittingham will take their seats at the council’s regular meeting on May 14 and they have much work to do. The city has … more

Study indicates school choice improves student mental health

School choice plays a significant role in improving student mental health, including lowering adolescent suicide rates. That’s according to a groundbreaking new study by Corey DeAngelis, policy … more

The three big issues facing voters

Today, those who have not voted early will head to the polls to determine the direction, and perhaps the philosophy, of Durant city government for at least the next two years. Perhaps longer. With … more

It’s time to vote for growth

This Tuesday Durant’s voters will go to the polls once again. Every election impacts our future to some degree, this contest has the potential of effecting Durant’s future for generations … more

Your vote won’t count if you don’t cast it

Election day’s here again, or will be next Tuesday. That’s when we’ll get to choose the people who will represent us on the Durant City Council. Some say local elections … more

They were there for us

Gay Cunningham has spent 11 years of her life trying to find a better facility for Durant’s senior citizens. And now, with a suitable building just within reach, she needs our help. … more


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 infrastructure … more

Perhaps we can stop our democracy’s death

In “How Democracies Die,” a scary new book by Harvard scholars Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, the authors see parallels in failing democratic governments both past and … more

Forum did its job, Seniors need our help

The candidates for Durant City Council met in a candidate forum last week. It wasn’t a debate, it wasn’t an opportunity for aspiring city officials to one up each other. It was a chance … more

Experience is basis for stability

In Sept. 2016, the Durant City Council unanimously voted to hire me as the new Durant City Manager. It was an honor to be selected and I knew I had some tough challenges ahead. I was the fourth … more

Sharon K. Walker

Sharon K. Walker, 56, is running for the Ward 4 spot that Councilman Destry Hawthorne is leaving. Walker is a Duncan native and has been a teacher in Oklahoma for 21 years. She currently teaches math … more

Mike Morris

Mike Morris, 65, is running for the Ward 4 seat vacated by Destry Hawthorne. Morris was born in Sherman, Texas, and moved to Durant when he was 3. He attended Durant public schools before earning … more


To the Editor, In the Thursday March 14, 2019, edition of the Durant Democrat in your article Washington, Radio Road to get facelift, there was a statement printed that reads, “Durant Area … more

John Cathey

John Cathey, 85, is from Pauls Valley. He is running for the Ward 4 seat being vacated by incumbent Destry Hawthorne, He graduated from Paul’s Valley High School and attended Oklahoma State … more

Danny Sherrer

Danny Sherrer, 68, is a Durant native and restaurant owner who wants city officials to cooperate with one another and the public to meet the challenges facing his city. He is running for the Ward 3 … more

Mike Dills

Ward 3 incumbent Mike Dills, 71, was appointed to complete the unfinished term of the late councilman Bill Orr in July 2017. Dills is a Durant native, graduate of Durant High School and holds a … more

James Bishop

James Bishop, 35, is running for the Ward 4 seat currently held by Mike Dills. He is a lifelong resident of Durant. A member of the Durant High School class of 2002, Bishop earned two … more
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