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Bryan County children learn to can

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Summer day camps continued for local 4-H students in Bryan County this week as the children learned about canning.The canning workshop was held Thursday at the Clay Jones Community building. During the camp, children learned how to make and can salsa and apples.The products made during this camp will be entered in the Bryan County Fair in September. The next camp for the children will be held at Elements Art Center in Durant on July 18.- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news

 

Colbert man accused of sexually assault nursing home patient

A 57-year-old Colbert man has been charged with sexually battering a nursing home patient who has Alzheimer’s disease.Ronnie Peters was charged this week with sexual battery.Peters is accused of inappropriately touching a woman on July 4 at Southern Point Living Center in Colbert.Colbert Police Chief Jeff Goerke began investigating after a nursing director contacted him and said a man had sexually assaulted an Alzheimer’s patient.An affi...

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Media gets limited tour of teen immigrant shelter

FORT SILL (AP) — Teenage immigrants from Central America spent Thursday playing soccer and board games at a temporary shelter at Fort Sill, seemingly unaware they are at the center of the political firestorm over U.S. immigration.It was the first time the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has allowed media inside the facility at the Army post in southwest Oklahoma since it opened on June 14, and there were heavy restrictions placed on reporters. Par...

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City Council hears citizen concerns

City Council began its July meeting in a brand new way. This month marks the first time council openly heard comments from the public on non-agenda items.Two citizens spoke to council before the agenda items were addressed. Oden Grube asked the council about how they will be replacing the cemetery board since all members had resigned.Mayor Jerry Tomlinson said that the council had not yet appointed a new board but is looking into a new structure for the board as well as ...

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Education campaign returns with powerful stories to help Oklahomans quit smoking

Continuing the success of a landmark national tobacco education campaign launched in 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is airing a second series of ads in 2014 featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases.The newest ads in the “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign tell the story of how real people’s lives were changed forever due to their smoking. In Oklahoma alone, more than $1.6 billion is spent each yea...

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Firefighters respond to crash and fires

The Durant Fire Department has put out several grass and rubbish fires recently, according to DFD reports, and they also responded to a crash late Wednesday afternoon.They were dispatched at 12:35 p.m. July 4 to the 1500 block of North 10th Avenue where there was an outdoor fire. They put out the fire and left the scene about eight minutes later.At 1:47 a.m. July 5, firefighters responded to a trash fire at Park Ridge Apartments. They put out the fire within minutes of a...

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Another Oklahoma execution set for later this year

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s highest criminal court set a Dec. 4 execution date on Wednesday for an inmate convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing a Department of Corrections employee — the third execution to be scheduled since a botched lethal injection in April.The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals took note of the April case in setting the execution of John Marion Grant, 53. Grant was sentenced to death for killing corrections worker G...

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Oklahoma GOP leaders push immigration reform

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Republican officials in Oklahoma joined a coalition of business groups from across the country on Wednesday in urging Congress to pass new immigration laws they say are vital to the nation’s economy — even while acknowledging the political difficulty the issue presents.Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and ex-House Speaker Kris Steele were among those who decried the current immigration system as woefully inadequate and...

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