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Bryan County teachers gather together

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Bryan County educators gathered once again for the annual Bryan County Teachers Meeting Friday to hear inspirational words and honor the work of the past year.This year’s speaker Allen Johnson had teachers engaging in the message instead of simply listening. Through interactive participation, Johnson demonstrated how students learn and feel at school.He demonstrated various techniques and teaching tools to “catch all of the fish” or reach all of the children instead of only reaching the ones who are already excited to be at school.He talked about the importance of connecting with students and understanding how they learn and what may be impairing their learning experience.


Durant Kiwanis learn about turnpike advances

The Durant Kiwanis Club learned about traveling between Oklahoma and Texas at the Aug. 27 meeting as they heard from Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Executive Director Tim Stewart.Stewart explained the details of a new project that eases the payment for Oklahoma and Texas toll roads.He said that now an Oklahoma PikePass can be used to pay for tolls in North Texas as well as Oklahoma. Similarly, a Texas toll pass can now be used in Oklahoma.This means those who tra...

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Stubblefield and Weger to wed

Angela Dawn Stubblefield and Chance Anthony Weger, both of Colbert, will wed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Grandpappy Point in Denison, Texas. Rev. Aliene Bodholdt of DFW Ministries will officiate.The bride’s parents are the late Mikey Don Grider and the late Melissa Jo Taylor. She is employed by Southeastern Oklahoma Family Services in Durant.The groom’s parents are Randy and Missie Weger of Colbert. He is employed by Love County Emergency Medical Servi...

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SE pro-am tennis tourney coming up

For the third-straight year, Southeastern Oklahoma State University tennis will present the “Rock the Courts Pro-Am Tournament.” The event features Southeastern players pairing with local community members for doubles tennis action on Sept. 9 at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.The fundraiser is slated for a 6 p.m. start time. It is open to the public and will feature music, fun and great tennis.In 2013, approximately 300 fans of the university and SE tennis p...

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Reynolds wins Coach of the Year award

Durant Lions cross country coach Amanda Reynolds was honored by the Oklahoma Coaches Association with the distinction of Regional Coach of the Year.Reynolds was told about the honor in the spring, and the award was presented to her at the Coaches Clinic this summer in Tulsa.“Oh my gosh, I was so excited,” said Reynolds. “This is a big award for a coach to win. I have only been coaching cross country for three years, so it’s an honor to be given th...

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Caddo Bruins ready for regular season to start

CADDO — The Caddo Bruins are back where they belong in Class B eight-man football. After the Bruins won a state championship in 2011, the school jumped up a class and was placed in 11-man football because of the up-tick in enrollment.Now, everything is back to normal and it showed during Caddo’s scrimmage Friday night against Ryan.Caddo’s offense looked like a high-flying machine, scoring multiple touchdowns through the air and on the ground....

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Durant Cross Country winners from Haworth Invitational

MS Boys-1st Place Team; left to right: Seth Wilson, Dillon Bachmann, Coach Bokies, Conner Hall, Chris Vazquez, Cody Hicks, Peyton Hayes, Jose Hernandez, Carter Soltis, Tommy Le, J.D. Youngblood, Coach Reynolds. (Not pictured-Brylan Wandel).HS Boys-1st Place Team; left to right: Coach Bokies, Ryan VanZandt, Truman Burrage, Alfredo Osorio, Logan Hibbs, Alberto Vazquez, John Woods, Jose Vazquez, Coach Reynolds.HS Girls-1st Place Team; left to right: Coach Bokies, Morgan Wil...

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Group hopes DU chapter will take flight in Durant

Some local, like-minded sportsmen are coming together to revive a focus on conservation.It’s been about two decades since a Ducks Unlimited chapter has been active in Durant.For anyone who doesn’t know, Ducks Unlimited’s stated mission is to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. DU envisions wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. Members of this grass...

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U.S.: Standards, not politics, behind Okla. sanction

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education said Friday that a focus on high academic standards, not political motives, was behind its decision to deny Oklahoma the authority to decide how to spend some of the federal education money it receives.The agency on Thursday refused to grant the state a flexibility waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act over how it spends up to $29 million in federal funding. The Education Department said Oklahoma could no longer prove ...

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Common Core an issue in competitive governor race

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An underfunded, little-known Democratic candidate for governor has a new tool to use in attacking the Republican incumbent now that the federal government stripped Oklahoma of its authority to decide how to spend millions in education funds following the state’s repeal of national academic standards.State Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs said Republican Gov. Mary Fallin’s role in the repeal of the Common Core English and math standards and its ...

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Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football

Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven’t decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field.According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly half of parents said they’re not comfortable letting their child play football amid growing uncertainty about the long-term impact of concussions.In the poll, 44 percent of parents weren’t comfortable with their child playing football. The same percen...

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America’s Educator inspires SE students and educators

College students and educators gathered in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus to be inspired by a man who is dubbed “America’s Educator.”Ron Clark is the founder of the Ron Clark Academy, two-time New York Times bestselling-author and subject of a television movie.While Clark runs his academy during the school year, he travels the country inspiring educators during summer break.It is his teaching s...

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Bulldogs take down Tigers 5-4

CALERA — The Calera Bulldogs held on to clip the Tushka Tigers 5-4 Thursday afternoon.The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth, when Tushka four-hole Connor Brinkley sent a two-run shot over the right-field fence. Fielder Hunter Goodwyn made a valiant effort to at the wall, but it was gone. The home run was one of three hits in the inning, and the Tigers left one on base.

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Football season is nigh

As the regular football season nears, the Durant Lions and Caddo Bruins will play in their last scrimmages of the preseason tonight. The Lions will hit the road to play Broken Bow and Harrah at McAlester. The Bruins will host Ryan.

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U.S. rebukes Oklahoma for ditching school standards

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government on Thursday stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend $29 million in U.S. education funding because the state abandoned national academic standards known as Common Core, in a rebuke that a union official said could lead to teacher layoffs.The U.S. Department of Education said it was hitting Oklahoma with the sanction under the No Child Left Behind Act because the state could no longer demonstrate that its school standard...

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Choctaws partner with others in tribal repatriation and reburial

DURANT – Members of the Choctaw Nation recently journeyed to Mississippi to conduct a repatriation and reburial of an unknown Choctaw ancestor. The Choctaw Nation worked with, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to ensure possession as well as a protected burial for the individual.

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Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after the state’s prisons chief halted efforts to kill him, an autopsy report released Thursday says.Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton had said inmate Clayton Lockett died from a heart attack several minutes after he order...

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Authorities search for man in Cartwright

A manhunt began in the Cartwright area early Wednesday evening when a man driving a pickup hit a Denison, Texas, police officer with the truck and then led him on a chase.The suspect bailed out on foot in Cartwright and officers from several agencies searched for him throughout the evening. Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden said the search was called off at 10 p.m. Wednesday.According to Golden, Denison authorities expect the man eventually will go back home. The incident ...

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