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Marching Railroaders Finish Fourth At MCBA State Finals

GALLERY: Durand Displaces Newaygo, Sits Ahead of Six of the State's Best Bands

Posted by Durand Now at 9:04pm 11/2/19

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Josh Daunt

Once every thousand years or so, for one night, the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt come to life and get to experience the joys, rage, and sorrow of what it means to be alive. The Durand Marching Railroaders 2019 show was an emotional ride with "The Writing's On The Wall," featuring music from the movie "The Wind and the Lion", and also the song "Writing's on the Wall" by Sam Smith.  The show was another one for the books for the legendary Marching Railroaders, who finished in fourth place at the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) State Finals at Ford Field on Saturday, November 2nd.

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Last week, Newaygo stepped ahead of Durand at the Reeths-Puffer/West Shore Invitational at Sparta by less than one one hundredth of a point.  At the State Finals contest, Durand moved past Newaygo by nearly a full point, and missed third place by just .15, behind Watervliet.

The state's top bands in MCBA Flight V and their State Finals scores are listed below:

1. Kent City - 89.225
2. Godwin Heights (Wyoming) - 88.000
3. Watervliet - 87.250
4. Durand - 87.100
5. Newaygo - 86.250
6. Belding - 85.825
7. Comstock Park - 83.975
8. Grant - 83.250
9. Tri County (Howard City) - 82.875
10. Buchanan - 81.850

Photos: Josh Daunt

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Shiawassee Radio Episode 13: When It's A Tie at the Railroad Crossing...

There's an old saying: When it's a tie at the railroad crossing... you lose. The Railroaders are headed to the football playoffs for the first time since 2009. The team gains entry after tying Imlay City to the thousandth decimal place in scoring, including tie-breakers. So, for the first time in MHSAA history, it came down to a coin toss. Josh Strickland talks to Durand Athletic Director, Bryan Carpenter, about what brought the team here, playoff prep and program history.

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Bomb Threat Hoax Forces Evacuation of Downtown Durand Businesses

Phone Scammer Threatened to "Blow Up" D-Railed; Bar's Co-Owner Says Police, Fire Response Was Swift

Posted by Durand Now at 4:31pm 10/11/19

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It's an all clear in downtown Durand after a phone scammer posing as a Consumers Energy employee threatened to blow up D-Railed Bar & Grill on Friday afternoon.

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