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These are the Durant City Council’s at large candidates

The Durant Democrat sent a list of five questions to the candidates for the April 2 Durant City Council election. The questions were intentionally broad to allow the candidates to introduce … more

Steve Brittingham

Steve Brittingham, 50, is running for the Councilmember at large position on the Durant City Council. He is a native of Pushmataha County and has lived in Durant for the past 24 years. Brittingham is … more

Best of Durant has been on display

Last Tuesday could have been a really bad day. And it certainly had its downside. But rather than licking its wounds after getting knocked down, Durant decided to pick itself up and move … more

Oklahoma gets left out again

Now that Iowa, Utah, and Nebraska accept Medicaid expansion, most states (36, plus D.C.) will get federal help to provide medical care to their poorest residents. But in Oklahoma, former Gov. Mary … more

We will harness the ‘Durant Spirit’

Although Tuesday night did not bring The Small Business Revolution victory to #MyDurant that we had hoped, the transformation our community experienced along the journey was the true win. For that we … more

Democrats and Socialism

The President has it all wrong when he talks about Democrats and socialism. He has charged that Democrats are trying to turn the United States into a nation in which nobody owns anything … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Durant will always be #1 because it’s the people, places and things here that made us who we are. Durant is full of memories that are shared by many and seared into our … more

Durant has proven its character, heart

Durant is anxiously awaiting the #MyDurant Watch Party scheduled for Tuesday night, when the winner of season 4 of the “Small Business Revolution – Main Street” show will be … more

Win or lose, our

future is in our hands

Many are on pins and needles this weekend as we wait to learn if Durant will be featured on season 4 of the online small business makeover show “Small Business Revolution – Main … more

My Rights

I have rights and so do you. Webster calls these, “the privileges one may be entitled to.” I insist our rights as a people should not be denied us nor taken from us. For example, the … more

Capitol Update for District 19

I am very honored and excited to bring a report from our state Capitol back to our great District. This week, House Bill 2597, a constitutional carry bill, passed off the House floor and is on its … more

Reach out to all the Okies you know

It’s the question everyone is asking every day, “Did you vote?” If the answer is “yes,” the next question is, “Did you vote on every device for every email address … more

It’s a big universe in Boswell

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I didn’t really want to do that interview. After all, I was kind of tired and it was all the way over in Boswell and the gist of the story was a kid … more

Let’s keep the energy going

This coming Tuesday we will learn whether Durant is still in the running for a possible $1 million downtown makeover or if we will end our campaign with “Small Business Revolution – Main … more

Durant is showing its true potential

I have been a resident of Durant more than 30 years and the positivity I have had the privilege to experience from fellow citizens inspired by The Small Business Revolution is unmatched. As Durant … more

Abortion issue too complex for simple law

Most people I know believe that women are fully human and deserve equal rights under the law. They believe women are not inferior intellectually, temperamentally, or morally. However, some of my … more

Debates without facts are just empty arguments

Newspapers often receive feedback on controversial stories. The question for the newspaper is how, or even whether, to respond. You may win a wrestling match with a hog, but you’re still going … more

It’s time that we do education right

“When in the course of human events,” is the beginning clause of one of the most important documents in American history. The colonies were on the edge of war. Thomas Jefferson was … more

Let’s prepare for the election

In April voters will go to the polls in seven Bryan County communities. They will select 23 of their friends and neighbors to make decision on their behalf. They will give them the responsibility of … more

Christmas with the homeless

On Christmas Day, two friends and I (all people who have nice homes) had lunch with five homeless people at Durant’s International House of Pancakes (IHOP). The five homeless people were one … more
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