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How do you celebrate Durant?A group of young people posed the question recently on social media sites, then asked others to post photos from around the city on Instagram. They received 34 submissions and selected eight to display at a new exhibit inside the Three Valley Museum on Main Street.The exhibit was unveiled Thursday evening at a reception, SE Night at the Museum.

 

Championship window might be closing for Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The future looks bright for the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s unclear how long it will stay that way.That may sound strange looking at the talented trio of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka — all 26 or younger — and even younger talents Reggie Jackson and Steven Adams on the rise.The franchise has its usual expectation of making a deep playoff run. No surprise there, not after trips to the Western Conference Finals...

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Oklahoma Sooners in odd spot in Big 12 race

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is in an unfamiliar situation, seemingly out of Big 12 Conference title discussion in October.Two missed field goals, a blocked extra point and an interception return for a touchdown by Kansas State hurt the Sooners in a 31-30 loss on Saturday. The result almost certainly knocked No. 17 Oklahoma (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) from national-title contention and most likely from conference championship consideration.As they entered a bye week Monday,...

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Oklahoma St. sues former assistant at Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Who’s calling the plays for the Texas Longhorns this season? It may take a lawsuit by Oklahoma State against Texas assistant coach Joe Wickline to find out.Wickline’s former employer has sued him in Payne County, Oklahoma, seeking nearly $600,000 it says he owes the school. Wickline this week countersued in Austin, saying Oklahoma State has caused him injury and mental anguish and is trying to interfere with his Texas contract.Wickl...

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Bruins traveling to take on Keota’s power run

The Caddo Bruins will make a 130-mile trek to Keota to take on the undefeated Lions tonight.Last week, Caddo dropped to 3-4 on the season and 3-3 in district play on a 58-34 loss to the Weleetka Outlaws. That was the second-most points scored on Weleetka (5-2). Only Keota has scored more against the Outlaws, defeating Weleetka 50-6 on its own field in the second game of the season.“It’s hard to come back from down 20 against anyone,” Caddo head coach Je...

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Education board OKs budget request for teacher pay

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma teachers would receive a $2,500 across-the-board pay raise under a budget proposal approved Thursday by the State Board of Education, but they shouldn’t plan to spend the money any time soon.The money for the raises is part of a $2.78 billion funding request the agency is submitting for the Legislature to consider for the budget year that begins July 1. The request includes nearly $300 million in new spending.“It is time we...

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Officials discuss jail escape

Bryan County commissioners and the sheriff’s office have begun looking at ways to prevent potentially dangerous criminals from escaping jail custody.Commissioners met Thursday morning — one day after the apprehension in Hot Springs, Ark., of an accused murderer on the lam for four days — to discuss matters of policy and procedure that might have contributed to Raymond J. Stewart’s escape last Saturday afternoon.Commissioner Monty Montgomery said, ...

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Candidates spar over directors’ pay raises

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Republican governor and her Democratic candidate opponent are sparring over pay raises for state agency directors.Gov. Mary Fallin bumped annual salaries by at least $50,000 for two state agency directors, The Oklahoman reported. They were for Chris Benge, Oklahoma’s secretary of state, and Preston Doerflinger, the director of the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services.Both raises were bigger than ones approve...

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Fun and music support local cancer fighter

The Spinal Clinic in Durant usually focuses on patients’ health, but it recently concentrated efforts toward the health of a family member.The owner, Dr. Janna Cottingame, and relatives conducted a benefit dinner Friday, Oct. 17, for her mother, Janet Scribner.Scribner was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer with lymph node involvement in June and has been fighting the cancer through conventional and natural remedies.Scribner is undergoing chemotherap...

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3 states deny gay unions despite appellate rulings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The writing is on the wall for gay marriage bans in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina after federal appeals courts that oversee those states have made clear that keeping gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional.But officials in the three states are refusing to allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses without a court order directing them to do so. It could be another month or more before the matter is settled.In a politi...

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British government wants an NFL team in London

LONDON (AP) — The British government wants an NFL team based in London.George Osborne, the British treasury chief, told the Evening Standard newspaper on Wednesday that the government will do whatever it can “to make this happen.”The NFL has been playing regular-season games at Wembley Stadium every year since 2007, and this season there are three games on the schedule. But they haven’t yet announced any plans to put a team permanently in the Brit...

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Lions square off against Skiatook

Just how cruel can the football gods be?When the Durant Lions travel to the far northern reaches of Oklahoma on Friday night to play a tough 6-1 Skiatook team, the Lions will be playing with one paw tied behind its back.Seems like a plague of injuries have fallen upon the Lions season. Six of the Durant’s offensive starters, who played in week one, won’t be playing this Friday night.The latest injury was to quarterback/linebacker Layton Tubbs. His ...

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Southeastern Homecoming is here

There is always a lot of stuff happening during Southeastern’s Homecoming celebrations and this there will be even more.You’ve seen the schedule and know everything starts with this evening’s Night at the Museum.You also know the Whang Bang Golf Tournament tees off Friday morning at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club on Lake Texoma. The popular tournament is filling as you read, so hurry and get online and get registered. There are usually a few spots available...

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Butler delivers 2 big hits, KC evens World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A big-and-burly thumper still has a place on these flash-and-dash Kansas City Royals, it seems. Especially if he can deliver clutch hits in the World Series, the way Billy Butler did Wednesday night.Butler stroked a hard, RBI single in the first inning that his team desperately needed, then lined a loud, tiebreaking single in the sixth to send the Royals past the San Francisco Giants 7-2, tying things up at one game apiece.“I felt like...

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Bryan County Jail escapee arrested

A Bryan County Jail escapee was nabbed Wednesday in Hot Springs, Ark., after a police detective there recognized him due to the tattoos on his face.Raymond J. Stewart, 26, was arrested at approximately 2:15 p.m. in downtown Hot Springs. The Hot Springs Daily reported that Detective Scott Lampinen recognized Stewart from a photo attached to a broadcast listing Stewart as a wanted person.Stewart was walking in the 800 block of Central Avenue when the detective rec...

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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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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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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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