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Two arrested for harboring escapee

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A mother and daughter have been arrested for suspicion of harboring Bryan County Jail escapee and murder suspect Raymond Jay Stewart.Authorities arrested Wanita Hudson, 41, and her daughter, Sabrina Hudson, 21 , at approximately 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden, who said said Wanita Hudson is a former girlfriend of Stewart.Stewart, 26, Durant, escaped at approximately 1:15 p.m. Saturday after he asked to take a shower which is located in the book-in area. The jail was having visitation at the time, and when a door was opened, Stewart pushed a confinement officer out of the way, ran out the door and through a back exit of the jail. He then ran toward the south side of town.


Bank robbery suspects in custody

Two men are in custody following a Tuesday evening armed robbery at the King State Employees Credit Union.Steven Grant Simpson, 27, of Ingram Drive, and Zeb Maggard, 30, of Ogburn Avenue in Winston-Salem, have been charged with arrmed robbery after a prolonged manhunt Tuesday evening.King Police Chief Paula May said the bank was robbed at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and said King officers were assited by Forsyth and Stokes county sheriff’s deputies as well as NC Wildli...

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Bryan County Jail escapee arrested

Raymond J. Stewart, escapee from Durant, was just arrested in downtown Hot Springs, Ark., the Hot Springs Daily reported on its Facebook page.The Bryan County Communications Center confirmed he is in custody during a radio broadcast at approximately 2:40 p.m.Stewart, charged with first-degree murder, escaped from jail Saturday afternoon.

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Southeastern volleyball downs Lions

COMMERCE, Texas - Emily Gentle led all attackers with a 20 kill performance as Southeastern picked up a 3-1 non-conference win over Texas A&M-Commerce on Tuesday night in Commerce, Texas.The win lifts the team to 13-11 overall heading into Saturday’s Great American Conference matchup with Northwestern Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25.The performance was Gentle’s second 20-plus kill outing of the season and 16th double0digit performance as she hit .357 for ...

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Local haunted house gives back to the community

A local group aims to scare because it cares this month. Primrose Haunts presents Talon’s Market and Slaughter House, a haunted house that gives back.The group is donating half the proceeds of its T-shirt sales to the Boys and Girls Club of Durant. Primrose partners decided that one charity was not enough and are also aiming to help with Families Feeding Families in Durant as well as Toys for Tots.A $2 discount will be given off of the regular $12 price for anyone ...

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Tanner Young Wins ‘Rising Legend’ award for country music

Tanner Young of Colbert recently traveled to Le Mars, lowa to receive the 2014 “Rising Legend Award” from the National Traditional Country Music Association.Only one award is given each year for the entire nation. While there, he performed at the 39th annual Old Time Music Festival and won first place in the association’s National Guitar Contest.

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Chamber welcomes restoration organization to Durant

The Durant Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome an organization that aims to restore Durant.Durant Restore and Preserve Association was formed by Terri Weir and husband Skip to help homeowners restore and keep their homes.Previously existing online at www.restoredurant.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/restoredurant, DRAPA can now be found at 26 W. Main Street in Durant.Weir said the idea came after seeing several D...

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DMS football squads get road victories on Monday night

MADILL – Durant’s middle school football squads each rolled to impressive victories on the road Monday night with the seventh grade posting a 22-6 triumph and the eighth grade a 37-0 whitewashing.Each team returns home Thursday, hosting Shawnee starting at 5 p.m.Seventh gradeAfter a slow start, the Lions finally got things rolling behind a hard-nosed rushing attack fueled by Isaiah Wright’s two touchdowns and 120 yards on the...

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Silo Cross Country wins 2A Regionals

Silo Boys Cross Country took first place at the Class 2A Regional Championships Saturday in Velma.“The boys have been working hard all season for this opportunity,” said coach Bobbie Pratt.The Rebels were led by sophomore Dylan Gaskill (18:40) who placed seventh out of the 91 competitors. Junior Lukas Long ran a 19:09, which earned him 11th overall. He was followed by senior Cody Shelton, who came in 12th with a 19:10. Fourteenth place was taken by junior Tre...

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SE golf tied for third at MSU Invitational

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – After running out to a first-round lead in the event with a team score of 286, Southeastern slipped slightly over the second 18 holes and finished Day 1 of the Midwestern State Invitational with a 295 to fall into a tie for third with a 581.Despite the slight drop as a team, Zach James remained steady over the first 36 holes by carding back-to-back rounds of 68 to work himself into a tie for first with a two-round total of 136.Mason Horner is...

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County commissioners discuss fairground issues

County Commissioners discussed issues at the Bryan County Fairgrounds during a meeting Monday morning.It was recently brought to the board’s attention that county insurance does not cover much of the community use in county owned buildings.While some issues are covered such as if a leak occurs and water causes an injury, other issues caused by renters are not covered.Commissioner Monty Montgomery pointed out that this is an issue since the community buil...

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Caddo residents celebrate their town

The residents of Caddo celebrated their town Saturday at the Caddo Heritage Day events, enjoying live music, vendors, friendly competitions and a parade.Caddo Heritage Day has been held every year for the past 30 years to celebrate the town’s history, community and family life.“It brings us all together,” said Vesta Baker of the Caddo Community Association.She said it takes various organizations, school clubs and churches to put on the events...

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Search continues for escaped murder suspect

The search continues for Bryan County Jail inmate Raymond J. Stewart, who made his getaway early Saturday afternoon.In an unrelated capture, the Durant Police Department apprehended a Department of Corrections escapee, Edward Stair, late Tuesday morning, according to Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management.He had escaped from a Oklahoma Correctional Facility in Vinita in a stolen state vehicle and was captured on the west side of Durant.Stewart, 26, had been ...

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SE ranks 6th nationally in producing Native American graduates

In what is becoming an annual tradition, Southeastern Oklahoma State University once again ranks among the nation’s leaders in producing Native American graduates.According to “Diverse Issues In Higher Education,’’ Southeastern ranks sixth in the nation in producing Native American graduates (all disciplines combined) in the Baccalaureate degree category. This is the second year in a row that Southeastern has held this distinction.

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SE Live/Native American Visitation Day set

Southeastern Oklahoma State University has scheduled “SE Live Open House and Native American Visitation Day’’ for Wednesday, November 12, on the Durant campus.High school seniors and juniors, along with their parents and families, are invited to experience life as a student at Southeastern during SE Live Open House. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.More than 250 students attended the event last fall.Highlights include program...

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Superintendent candidates endorse teacher pay hike

EDMOND (AP) — The Republican and Democratic contenders to become Oklahoma’s top education official both endorsed pay raises for teachers and a reduction in the number of tests public school students must take every year during a public forum on Monday.Longtime educator and Democratic nominee John Cox and former Board of Education member and Tulsa Republican Joy Hofmeister discussed education issues before about 150 people, mostly students, at the University of Central O...

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GOP expected to hold Oklahoma legislative majority

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Republicans holding huge majorities in the Oklahoma House and Senate, Democrats are content to target what they say are vulnerable GOP-controlled seats in the Nov. 4 general election.Democratic Party leaders make no prediction about gaining political control of the state House this year but believe they can whittle away at the advantage Republicans enjoy in the Oklahoma Legislature. They cannot grab a majority in the Oklahoma Senate.“...

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The failed Lake Texoma redevelopment

Beginning in the early 1980s about the time Ronald Reagan was elected president, we started hearing a lot about deregulation, outsourcing and privatization. Many government and industry officials felt that they could do a better job of voluntarily regulating themselves if they were given the chance. They also felt that government was too inefficient and that we should “outsource,” or contract private companies to do much of the work that was being done by public agencies.

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