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Merideth named Durant Superintendent

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Durant School Board held a special meeting at noon Wednesday to appoint a new superintendent for the school district after the resignation of Dr. Jason Simeroth.With a unanimous vote by the board, Assistant Superintendent Duane Merideth was named the new Superintendent. Meredith has served on the school board for over 20 years and has served as Assistant Superintendent for fourteen years.Merideth said he is very thankful for the position. Read more in the Thursday edition of the Durant Daily Democrat.


Court: Florida business gets no Oklahoma tax break

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Florida-based company cannot claim a capital gains tax break for its Oklahoma business, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.In a 5-4 decision, the state’s highest court ruled against CDR Systems Corporation, a now-defunct Florida-based company that had claimed the Oklahoma capital gains deduction on its 2008 income tax return for gains realized from a stock purchase agreement for the sale of all of its assets.The...

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Regents form Southeastern Presidential Search Committee

 DURANT– The Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma has formed a 19-member search committee as it seeks to fill the office of President at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the university said, in a news release.

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Durant soccer teams suffer Senior Night loss

DURANT — The Durant Lions hosted Cascia Hall on what turned out to be a Senior Night-mare. The Lady Lions fell 11-1 and the boys were edged 3-0 to mark the last game of the regular for the soccer teams.The Lady Lions ended the season with a 7-6 record and finished 2-5 in district play. As of April 21 the OSSAA had the Lady Lions ranked at No. 13. While the boys ended the season with a 5-8 record.The Lady Lions faced a high powered offense in Cascia Hall on Tuesday ...

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Local museum looks for golfers

The Three Valley Museum is still looking for teams to play in its inaugural History in the Making Golf Tournament slated for May 3.Museum Curator Nancy Farris said people have pledged to play, but not enough have actually signed up.Entry fee for this four-person scramble is $100 and includes a round of golf, cart, after-play meal and a tee-box gift. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place teams, and for the longest drive and closest to the pin....

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Oklahoma sheriffs upset about loss of prisoners

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sheriffs from across the state gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to voice concern about the increasing number of state prisoners who are being removed from county jails and processed into the state prison system of public and private jails.The state’s new prison director, Robert Patton, announced earlier this month that he was working to alleviate the county jail backup, which had swelled to more than 1,900 inmates.Many o...

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Ada downs Durant 9-0

The Durant Lions were held scoreless on their home field by the Ada Cougars Tuesday afternoon.The Lions couldn’t push a runner beyond second base in seven tries in the 9-0 loss. Durant managed only two hits offensively and committed four errors defensively.Ada scored four in the second inning with several well-placed hits and left two on base. The Cougars added three in the fourth inning with the help of two errors and a hard-hit single up the middle. Again, two we...

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Tuesday readings:Durant -High: 79 Low: 57Rainfall - Precipitation 0.00- Month: 2.65- Year: 6.12Lake Levels:Current: 608.78Normal: 615.00Temp: 54

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SE Homecoming scheduled for October 24-25

DURANT – All alumni and friends of Southeastern Oklahoma State University are invited to celebrate Homecoming on Oct. 24-25, 2014.That means the entire weekend, October 24-25, will be filled with activities for Southeastern alumni, students, faculty and fans.The weekend will start off with the 28th-annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament. Alums will have the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and professors at reunions of academic departments and student gro...

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Severe weather forecast in the next few days

Possible severe weather is forecast later this week and Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management urges residents to be prepared. EM Director James Dalton said his office has spoken with Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist at the NWS office in Norman.

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Oklahoma faces budget crisis despite economic boom

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s oil patch is booming, its capital city is thriving and the unemployment rate is falling through the floor, testifying to the state’s roaring recovery from the recession.But even though revenue is pouring into the state treasury, the legislature is wrestling with a self-inflicted budget crisis that could prompt cuts to education, public safety and health care.The problem is that lawmakers over the last deca...

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Time for baseball, softball Districts

District pairings for area high-school baseball teams in Classes A, B and 2A have been released by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletics Association. The smaller classes are starting this week. Class 2A tournaments will kick off next week.Class A District 16 consists of Rock Creek, Caddo and Achille. That tournament will be played at the Bokchito baseball field.The action will start at 2 p.m. Thursday with Caddo and Achille. Rock Creek will take on the loser at 4 and ...

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Men kick up their heels to raise sexual abuse awareness

The fourth annual Kick Up your Heels event kicked off at 8 a.m. Saturday with a 5K race and fun run.Following the run and awards, men from around Bryan County gathered to walk a block in high heels to raise awareness of sexual violence and show support for victims of such violence.Men really got in the spirit this year, wearing tan or black leggings to accompany their heels. Calera Fire Department ordered special kilts of purple to show support for victims.The...

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Glitches prompt suspension of Oklahoma tests again

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s public schools superintendent suspended online testing across the state on Monday after middle and high school students systemwide experienced disruptions during high-stakes standardized tests for the second consecutive year.Superintendent Janet Barresi directed testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill to suspend testing after about 8,100 Oklahoma students experienced problems such as computers moving very slowly or freezing altoget...

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County Commissioners hold meeting

Bryan County Commissioners met Monday to discuss financial issues for the county jail, sheriff’s office and courthouse.Commissioners approved the sheriff’s office to advertise for bids for two newer police vehicles. The offer being considered currently is from the Missouri Highway Patrol.The offer includes two 2013 or newer Chevrolet Tahoes at approximately $19,000 each.Bids were opened for the camera system that will replace the cameras in the cou...

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Lady Storm takes weekend series agaist Southwestern

Southeastern’s LadyStorm softballers shut out Southwestern 8-0 in five innings in Saturday’s opener, but the Lady Bulldogs scored three with two out in the sixth and two with two out in the seventh for a comeback 5-3 victory in game two.The Storm took three of four from Southwestern and ran the season record to 32-14 overall and the Great American Conference mark to 25-10.SE coach Ron Faubion said, “We had opportunities in the second game and didn’...

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Chief Gregory E. Pyle to formally announce retirement

Choctaw Chief Gregory E. Pyle will announce his retirement during a celebration April 24 in honor of his 65th birthday.   Pyle’s career with the Choctaw Nation began on a tribal ranching board in the 1970s. He served 13 years as assistant chief and 17 years as chief. The Choctaw Nation has progressed consistently since Pyle took office in 1997. Growth in tribal revenue, jobs, services and cultural knowledge are among the goals that have been reached in ...

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Savage Storm tennis teams stubble in semifinals

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — After a marathon five-hour match in the Great American Conference Tournament semifinal, Southeastern men’s tennis team saw its bid for sweeping the regular season and postseason conference titles come to an end after being upset by Ouachita Baptist 5-4 in Bentonville, Ark.The loss drops the Savage Storm to 13-7 on the season and leaves the team waiting to learn of its potential NCAA tournament chances.Top-seeded SE came into the event afte...

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