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The Durant Industrial Authority is a solid investment

The Durant Industrial Authority (DIA) has been without a source of administrative funding since June when it broke from the City of Durant to find a new executive director. DIA board chairman Martin … more

Dear EditorOklahoma’s effort to strengthen crime victims’ rights will be the topic at the monthly meeting of the Bryan County Federation of Democratic Women September 18th.Joshua … more

Dear Editor,I have noticed in our paper where I saw lot of controversy over our road issue in Durant.May I please express my thoughts. First, let me say, we retired to the lake area in 1998 and love … more

Small business needs big business

As the Director of Durant Main Street, I focus on recruiting small, locally-owned businesses. I promote events like Shop Small Saturday, support the Independent We Stand movement, and believe it is … more

Food pantry blesses with more than food

I have worked at the food bank off and on for 15 years. Some people may say they can’t believe it, but I used to get up early and come in. Duane and I love the place.Ever since Duane graduated … more

Don’t let the South 9th Avenue Arts District Plan die

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’”John Greenleaf WhittierIt’s exciting to see good things happening in one’s … more

It’s time for the Fair!

In recent weeks, it has been our pleasure to report expansive growth in Bryan County. According to statistics, thanks to the Choctaw Nation and the Durant Industrial Authority, among others, more … more

Lets all welcome immigrants back to Durant

As any Native American in Durant can tell you, the rest of us are immigrants. Mexicans have the best standing as they were here long before the forced emigration of eastern tribes to Oklahoma in the … more


Dear Editor,The city council gave its approval to the continuation of the administrative cabal at city hall by making assistant city manager the city treasurer and making Judy Siemens financial … more

It’s time for city, voters to work together

Rushing into anything is usually not a good plan. When it comes to infrastructure, the city of Durant can proudly say it hasn’t rushed into anything.A trip down pretty much any city street is a … more


Dear Editor, I moved to Durant in 1957 when I was four. Throughout my life the Democrat was always in my home. For years I read Bob Peterson’s “Keeping in Step” column. I bet … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I read your editorial about the situation in Achille and while I agree with your thoughts about threatening a child, I don’t think the age of the victim is what really matters. Our … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,After reading the article in the Durant Democrat regarding the new $40 million industry I felt that there should be some clarification of a question asked by one of the city council … more

Grube fails to offer real plan for streets

In the old Peanuts cartoons the child protagonists spent Halloween trick or treating and discussing the results of each house visit by ticking off their haul. “I got a candy bar,” one … more

Compassion, not condemnation is needed in Achille

Human sexuality comes in all shapes; some shapes have just been suppressed.Last week’s Forum concerned our need to support education as fundamental to our democracy. Education is also … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear EditorIn recent days the plight of a Bryan County student who is transgendered has become public knowledge. The Bryan County Federation of Democratic Women (BCFDW) is committed to upholding our … more

When social media isn’t so social

I think Achille Superintendent Rick Beene said it best, “We never had a problem with the kids, it was the adults that caused all of this.”If you haven’t been in Bryan County in the … more

Readers says vacant building would be good for homeless shelter

I read in your paper that a homeless shelter was going to be built.When I moved here in 2011, I saw this large building on Washington Avenue close to a grocery store (now Pruett’s) and other … more

Durant did right thing on Tishomingo lawsuit

On behalf of the Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer I want to thank the Durant City Council in supporting the City of Tishomingo’s efforts to hold the mining industry … more

Lake Texoma Association more than parties and pageants

You’ve probably heard of us. Maybe you’ve seen our Annual Guide to Lake Texoma around town or at your favorite marina. Or you’ve seen our Facebook posts featuring photos of our … more
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