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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.


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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Choctaw Defense responds to changing times

McALESTER – Choctaw Defense is expanding its capabilities by seeking and fulfilling contracts for engineering, building and remodeling structures.As the U.S. war machine slowly returns home following a decade of action in the Middle East, support service providers such as Choctaw Defense are diversifying their portfolios to include civilian enterprises.“You’ve got to be entrepreneurial,” said Stephen Benefield, President and CEO of Choctaw Defense...

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Storm watcher alert

Southeastern football’s opening kickoff is nine days away, September 6, with a 6 p.m. start against Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.The first home football game comes up seven days later at home against the University of Arkansas-Monticello with another 6 p.m. start.Volleyball begins on September 5 in the Lady Reddie Classic in Arkadelphia.The first home volleyball match is September 9 with a 7 p.m. start against Southwestern.Ain̵...

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Lake Texoma announces winter campground operations

TULSA - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District announces winter campground operations for Lake Texoma to take effect Oct. 1.These seasonal closures align with the Corps of Engineers’ efforts to manage recreation resources efficiently while minimizing negative impacts to visitors.Designated campsites will provide electrical service and a potable water source centrally located at the campground. Winter camping rate is $12 per night, and half price for Golde...

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Sherrill family donates a pair of AEDs to the department.

DURANT – Southeastern Athletics was recently the recipient of two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) which have been provided through proceeds from Colton’s Main Street Run.The two additional AED devices brings SE’s total in the athletic department to eight which provide coverage for every set facility along with the flexibility to cover events not tied to a specific venue.“We are very appreciative of this donation from the Sherrill family,&...

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Elvis visits Durant

The Durant Main Street Program is raising awareness and donations for Alzheimer’s Disease with help from the king of rock and roll.Durant Main Street and the Sterling House have partnered to bring “Elvis” to Durant this week.A cardboard version of The King will be traveling throughout the Main Street stores this week encouraging citizens to shop locally and make donations for Alzheimer’s research at the Durant Main Street office.Citizen...

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Governor Fallin to attend Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is scheduled to attend the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival on Friday evening at Tuskahoma. She will be participating in several events including:• 6:15 .pm. – The unveiling of “Honoring the Giver of Life” statue in front of the Choctaw Nation Capitol/Museum• 7 p.m. – Grand Entry of Inter Tribal Pow Wow on the Capitol lawn

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State Education Board creates standards committee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Education created a steering committee Wednesday to develop the process for replacing Common Core education standards for English and math instruction in the state’s public schools.Board members stressed it is merely an interim step toward creating the new standards in the wake of the Legislature in June repealing Common Core standards, which were scheduled to take full effect in the current school year.“The co...

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