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Local church to celebrate 125 years

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The First Baptist Church of Durant will be joined by Durant Mayor Jerry Tomlinson as it celebrates 125 years in the community this weekend.The church turns 125 years old Saturday, but will celebrate Sunday with a special service and reception.Associate Pastor Phillip Stephens said the service, entitled “Fulfill Your Ministry,” will focus on just what the church has been doing all along, creating disciples for the Lord.A special video will be played commemorating the church’s time in Durant during the services as well. The church won’t be celebrating alone, either.Mayor Jerry Tomlinson is scheduled to present a proclamation during the services in honor of the church.


Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund to present multiple scholarships

It has been six years since Colton Sherrill, a shy but caring 10-year-old boy, died of congenital heart disease. But his spirit lives strong through the Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund, the foundation created in his honor by his family.The key purpose of the Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund is to provide training and life-saving devices to Bryan County schools and organizations as well as increase educational opportunities for college students.

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Calera claims two wins at Coleman tourney

COLEMAN — The Calera Bulldogs claimed two wins Thursday at the Coleman baseball tournament.They wrapped up Stringtown 13-3 and Caney 9-1. The Dawgs will face off with Rattan today at 6 p.m., which could be a good battle.Calera 13, Stringtown 3It was a big win and could’ve been bigger, considering Calera left seven on base in the game. Stringtown stranded only two.The Bulldogs held a 4-0 lead after one. They added three i...

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Lady Leopards fall 9-1 to Latta at home

COLBERT — The Colbert Lady Leopards took a 9-1 loss at home Thursday against the Latta Lady Panthers.Colbert had a 1-0 lead after one inning. Leadoff Jordan Weger hit a single to through to left and advanced to second on Jamie Proctor’s sacrifice bunt. Weger scored on Makayla Pierce’s double to right-center. But Pierce’s courtesy runner, Hunter Jackson, was left stranded.Latta scored three in the second to take the lead, then two in the fourth, th...

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Southeastern’s new look

Southeastern football players debuted their new-look alternate helmets during the annual Welcome Week scrimmage Thursday night.The defense wore blue with Southeastern’s traditional white helmet featuring the school’s oval SE logo. The offense wore white with alternate helmets featuring the new Savage Storm imagery.There was a buzz in the air as a drone hovered above the players that shot footage of the game and the crowd for a television commercial currently ...

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Man charged with lewd molestation

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Cartwright man charged with fondling a 5-year-old girl.Cody Dean Steele, 22, is charged with lewd molestation. He was charged following an investigation by the Woodway, Texas, Police Department and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.According to an affidavit, Bryan County Sheriff’s Investigator Nathan D. Calloway received a report from a Woodway investigator that a child made an outcry of being sexually assaulted a...

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Rock Creek transportation bond up for election

Rock Creek Public Schools has a bond up for election for the first time in several years. The proposed $350,000 bond will be used for transportation such as buses, and Ag. truck and a school vehicle.Rock Creek Superintendent Preston Burns said he cannot remember the last time a bond was passed for the school but believes it was during the time that the school was still named Bokchito Public Schools.He said he hopes to get at three new buses which can be used for school r...

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Family night to be held at county fair

Looking for something fun to do as a family? If so, visit the Bryan County Free Fair for its Family Night, Friday, Sept. 5. Come participate in or watch the fair’s many contests scheduled for Friday evening located in the Haggard Hall Building located at the Bryan County Fairgrounds, Durant. These planned contests are free to enter and will be a blast for the young and the old.

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Oklahoma City rally focuses on race, police issues

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 100 people turned out Thursday at the Oklahoma Capitol to rally, discuss race-related issues and seek ways to educate themselves and police.The rally came in response to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and subsequent protests. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot to death by a white police officer.The Oklahoma City event, called the “Hold Your Hands Up, Don’t Shoot! Make ...

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Oklahoma medical marijuana petition falls short

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An effort to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma has fallen short of the number of signatures needed to put the issue on a ballot, but the initiative petition’s organizer vowed Thursday to circulate a new ballot measure next year.Officials at the Secretary of State’s Office said Tulsa-based Oklahomans for Health needed 155,216 voter signatures to get the medical marijuana issue on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. But workers who wrapped ...

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Choctaw Nation, Jones Academy host 90 at youth camp

Ninety children attended the second year of Make a Change Summer Youth Camp at Jones Academy, hosted by the Choctaw Nation.This was an increase in participation over the inaugural 2013 event, which welcomed 80 children. The camp is a new take on the summer retreat concept, focusing on culture, fitness, nutrition and self-respect.“We just wanted to give the kids a positive outlook on life, give them some confidence and social skills,” said Raina Sparks, youth ...

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Enter baked goods in Bryan County Free Fair

Do you have a special cake that is requested at all church pock-lucks? Does your family expect you to make your famous pie for the holidays? Just about everyone who cooks is known for a special baked good, whether its homemade yeast rolls, fudge or a pecan pie. Wouldn’t it be a huge honor to be awarded first place for that special baked good or even win reserve grand champion or grand champion at the Bryan County Free Fair.

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Beard to enter SE Athletics Hall of Fame

It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’sssss … SuperDrew!When he ran onto the field for warmups, most people wouldn’t have marked him as a superstar.When he took the snap from center, most people rapidly changed their minds and started to believe that instead of a locker, he changed into his work uniform in a phone booth.Drew Beard was simply a magician in cleats. The ‘S’ on his uniform indeed stood for Southeaste...

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Tickets going fast for SE’s Hall of Fame night

Southeastern’s Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for Saturday.The event begins with a 4 p.m. reception in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.Drew Beard, Anthony Bruner, Olivia Franceskini, Dr. Ed Byrd and Bob Ledbetter are the new inductees.Beard led Southeastern footballers to the NCAA Division II playoffs, Bruner sparked the basketballers to the national tournament, Franceskini rewrote th...

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Competency hearing set for man charged with murder

A competency hearing has been set for a man charged with first-degree murder and third-degree arson.Mark Anthony Neal, 22, is being held without bail on charges for the shooting death of Frank Wendell Owens II, 22, Bokchito, and also burning his pickup.A competency hearing is to determine if a defendant is mentally competent to stand trial and understands the charges.According to court papers, Neal’s attorney, D. Michael Haggerty II, has reason to believ...

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Bryan Conservation District receives first ever grant

The Bryan Conservation District has new equipment to help county farmers and ranchers after receiving a grant through the Southern Oklahoma Development Association (SODA).The grant allowed the organization to replace outdated equipment, including a 1962 tractor. They also purchased a brush hog, cultipacker and tree shear.This is the first time the Bryan Conservation District has received help through a grant since its conception in 1940.The organization provid...

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OKC archbishop sues over Satanists’ ‘black Mass’

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Satanists planning to stage a “black Mass” next month at a civic center is using a communion wafer stolen from the Catholic Church, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the archbishop of Oklahoma City.Archbishop Paul Coakley said in the lawsuit, which was filed in Oklahoma County District Court, that satanic group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu and leader Adam Daniels unlawfully obtained the consecrated host to be used in the Mass. A c...

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Ribbon cutting to be held for Island Bayou Bridge

Bryan County District 2 Commissioner Tony Simmons invites the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Bridge No. 141 over Island Bayou at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25The bridge is located on North 3830 Road (Romia Road), approximately three miles north of Yuba.The project was designed by Guy Engineering Services’ Oklahoma City office and involved replacing the existing 40-foot I-beam span bridge structure with a 10-foot timber approach span and wooden deck.M...

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