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Men kick up their heels to raise sexual abuse awareness

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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 wife of State Representative Dustin Robert said he had an all-out fashion show at his home Friday night to decide what heels he would wear to show his support.


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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Library luncheon to be held Thursday

Piloting a jet over magnificent mountain ranges and endless deserts, George Goldthwaite developed a love for the American West that developed into a second career as a writer of Western novels.Goldthwaite will speak about his books at a Brown-Bag Luncheon at noon on Thursday, April 24, at Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library, 1515 W. Main St. in Durant.The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Reynolds Library and is free to the public. Attendees are encourage...

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Emergency Management prepares to move

It’s been two years in the making, and Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management will be waiting approximately another year to enter its new facility, but plans are underway.Emergency Management Director James Dalton said they received a $1 million grant two years ago to build the facility and have since been going through the environmental studies and paperwork to secure the land needed.The new facility will be located near the Durant Regional Airport-Eaker Field. ...

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Parks and Speer wed

Karla Leigh Parks and Chad Wayne Speer were united in marriage on Sunday, March 16, 2014. The wedding was held at the Valley of the Falls at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.The Valley of the Falls is a setting of waterfalls that surround a Greek-like Parthenon under which the ceremony took place.The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Parks. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Parks, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Houser, and the late Mr. Haynie Burkhalter....

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Lady Storm softballers sweep SW in GAC play

Southeastern took care of business here Friday with a 4-0, 11-2 (five innings) sweep of Southwestern in Great American Conference softball action.Hits were scarce in the first game and Jessica Simmons provided two of SE’s three hits and scored three of the four runs. She also walked and stole two bases.Mindy McElroy took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and lost it when Adrienne Martinez led off with a grounder up the middle that turned into a hit when Storm sho...

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Leopards clip Mustangs, 3-0

BOKCHITO — The Colbert Leopards crossed the plate only three times Friday, but it was enough to take the road win from Rock Creek.Both teams missed chances to score. Colbert left three runners on base in the second inning, two each in the fourth and sixth, and one in the first and seventh. Rock Creek stranded two in the third and one each in the first and fifth.It was a scoreless game until the top of the fourth, when Colbert took a 2-0 lead. With one out, Keller C...

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Durant Lions JV sweeps McAlester

The Durant Lion junior varsity rode stellar pitching and solid defense to a doubleheader sweep of McAlester on Friday evening at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex.In the opener, the hosts rolled to an 8-0 run-rule triumph before squeezing out a 3-1 decision in Game 2, improving to 14-4 on the season.Matthew Knox twirled four innings in the opening game, scattering three hits to pick up the pitching victory. Drew Smith tossed a scoreless fifth to preserve the run rule....

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Shawn Hamil wins GAC Coach of the Year, revamping SE tennis

Before Keith Baxter became Southeastern’s athletics director, he once was the university’s head tennis coach.In 1994-98, Baxter coached a tennis player named Shawn Hamil, who was a standout in the sport at Hugo High School prior to coming to college.Fast-forward to recent history, when the men’s tennis coach position opened.Baxter soon sought out Hamil in hopes that he would become the next Southeastern head coach and “guide the menR...

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Silas Carter

Memorial services for Silas Carter of Wade, Ok. who passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014 at his home will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Eternal Life Church in Marlow, Ok. Arrangements are under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service, Durant.

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MCSO in Durant to pay $1.5 million to resolve false claims act lawsuit

MUSKOGEE – The Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant and its parent company, Health Management Associates Inc., have agreed to pay $1,065,000 to the United States and $435,000 to the State of Oklahoma to resolve allegations that the hospital billed for unnecessary surgical procedures by a doctor at the hospital. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma ma...

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Mothers of disabled work toward future

 When four mothers found lifetime opportunities for their intellectually challenged children limited they decided to take matters into their own hands and work toward making their future more than depending on strangers or government programs to take care of them. Donna Hicks, Patty Shackleford, Janie Kilpatrick and Joy Curtis enlisted the help of Steve Remshardt, a retired postal worker and area coordinator of Special Olympics Red River Area 13. They formed a non-profit organizatio...

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Elks Lodge honors students and first respondors

The Durant Elks Lodge showed its appreciation to area students, law enforcement and first responders Thursday.The lodge held a spaghetti lunch for area seniors who are at the top of their class, including student body presidents, vice presidents, valedictorians and salutatorians.May is officially youth appreciation month, however the Elks lodge hosts this appreciation meal a month early due to the high amount of school activity in May.Approximately eight area ...

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Sheriff discusses DOC inmate pull

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is in the process of pulling its inmates out of county jails, and Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden said he is not yet sure if this is good or bad for area jails.While Golden said he isn’t getting excited over the effect on Bryan County Jail just yet, he does worry about some of the surrounding counties.“I know a lot of smaller county jails, smaller than us, like Pushmataha County and some of those, are gonna be struggling...

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