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Chamber welcomes restoration organization to Durant

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The Durant Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome an organization that aims to restore Durant.Durant Restore and Preserve Association was formed by Terri Weir and husband Skip to help homeowners restore and keep their homes.Previously existing online at www.restoredurant.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/restoredurant, DRAPA can now be found at 26 W. Main Street in Durant.Weir said the idea came after seeing several Durant homes that were condemned or had warning stickers on the doors.


Mother and daughter arrested for harboring escapee

A mother and daughter were arrested this morning for suspicion of harboring Bryan County Jail escapee Raymond Jay Stewart.Authorities arrested Wanita Hudson, 41, and her daughter, Sabrina Hudson, 21.Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden said Wanita Hudson was a former girlfriend of Stewart.Stewart, 26, escaped from the jail early Saturday afternoon. He was in jail on a first-degree murder charge.

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Tanner Young Wins ‘Rising Legend’ award for country music

Tanner Young of Colbert recently traveled to Le Mars, lowa to receive the 2014 “Rising Legend Award” from the National Traditional Country Music Association.Only one award is given each year for the entire nation. While there, he performed at the 39th annual Old Time Music Festival and won first place in the association’s National Guitar Contest.

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DMS football squads get road victories on Monday night

MADILL – Durant’s middle school football squads each rolled to impressive victories on the road Monday night with the seventh grade posting a 22-6 triumph and the eighth grade a 37-0 whitewashing.Each team returns home Thursday, hosting Shawnee starting at 5 p.m.Seventh gradeAfter a slow start, the Lions finally got things rolling behind a hard-nosed rushing attack fueled by Isaiah Wright’s two touchdowns and 120 yards on the...

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Silo Cross Country wins 2A Regionals

Silo Boys Cross Country took first place at the Class 2A Regional Championships Saturday in Velma.“The boys have been working hard all season for this opportunity,” said coach Bobbie Pratt.The Rebels were led by sophomore Dylan Gaskill (18:40) who placed seventh out of the 91 competitors. Junior Lukas Long ran a 19:09, which earned him 11th overall. He was followed by senior Cody Shelton, who came in 12th with a 19:10. Fourteenth place was taken by junior Tre...

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SE golf tied for third at MSU Invitational

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – After running out to a first-round lead in the event with a team score of 286, Southeastern slipped slightly over the second 18 holes and finished Day 1 of the Midwestern State Invitational with a 295 to fall into a tie for third with a 581.Despite the slight drop as a team, Zach James remained steady over the first 36 holes by carding back-to-back rounds of 68 to work himself into a tie for first with a two-round total of 136.Mason Horner is...

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County commissioners discuss fairground issues

County Commissioners discussed issues at the Bryan County Fairgrounds during a meeting Monday morning.It was recently brought to the board’s attention that county insurance does not cover much of the community use in county owned buildings.While some issues are covered such as if a leak occurs and water causes an injury, other issues caused by renters are not covered.Commissioner Monty Montgomery pointed out that this is an issue since the community buil...

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Caddo residents celebrate their town

The residents of Caddo celebrated their town Saturday at the Caddo Heritage Day events, enjoying live music, vendors, friendly competitions and a parade.Caddo Heritage Day has been held every year for the past 30 years to celebrate the town’s history, community and family life.“It brings us all together,” said Vesta Baker of the Caddo Community Association.She said it takes various organizations, school clubs and churches to put on the events...

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Search continues for escaped murder suspect

The search continues for Bryan County Jail inmate Raymond J. Stewart, who made his getaway early Saturday afternoon.In an unrelated capture, the Durant Police Department apprehended a Department of Corrections escapee, Edward Stair, late Tuesday morning, according to Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management.He had escaped from a Oklahoma Correctional Facility in Vinita in a stolen state vehicle and was captured on the west side of Durant.Stewart, 26, had been ...

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SE ranks 6th nationally in producing Native American graduates

In what is becoming an annual tradition, Southeastern Oklahoma State University once again ranks among the nation’s leaders in producing Native American graduates.According to “Diverse Issues In Higher Education,’’ Southeastern ranks sixth in the nation in producing Native American graduates (all disciplines combined) in the Baccalaureate degree category. This is the second year in a row that Southeastern has held this distinction.

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SE Live/Native American Visitation Day set

Southeastern Oklahoma State University has scheduled “SE Live Open House and Native American Visitation Day’’ for Wednesday, November 12, on the Durant campus.High school seniors and juniors, along with their parents and families, are invited to experience life as a student at Southeastern during SE Live Open House. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.More than 250 students attended the event last fall.Highlights include program...

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Superintendent candidates endorse teacher pay hike

EDMOND (AP) — The Republican and Democratic contenders to become Oklahoma’s top education official both endorsed pay raises for teachers and a reduction in the number of tests public school students must take every year during a public forum on Monday.Longtime educator and Democratic nominee John Cox and former Board of Education member and Tulsa Republican Joy Hofmeister discussed education issues before about 150 people, mostly students, at the University of Central O...

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GOP expected to hold Oklahoma legislative majority

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Republicans holding huge majorities in the Oklahoma House and Senate, Democrats are content to target what they say are vulnerable GOP-controlled seats in the Nov. 4 general election.Democratic Party leaders make no prediction about gaining political control of the state House this year but believe they can whittle away at the advantage Republicans enjoy in the Oklahoma Legislature. They cannot grab a majority in the Oklahoma Senate.“...

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The failed Lake Texoma redevelopment

Beginning in the early 1980s about the time Ronald Reagan was elected president, we started hearing a lot about deregulation, outsourcing and privatization. Many government and industry officials felt that they could do a better job of voluntarily regulating themselves if they were given the chance. They also felt that government was too inefficient and that we should “outsource,” or contract private companies to do much of the work that was being done by public agencies.

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Former Choctaw Chief receives Inaugural Leadership Award

Native veterans, language preservationists, artists, a renowned female ceremonial dancer and a former Chief of the Choctaw Nation were among those recognized at the sixth annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors recently held in Oklahoma City.More than 700 family members, tribal leaders and honored guests from across the state attended the event which recognized elders from 30 Oklahoma tribes and nations. The AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors is the largest event of its kind bringi...

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Doctor who performs abortions unable to meet law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma abortion provider who performs 44 percent of all abortions in the state has tried without success to comply with a new state law requiring abortion clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when abortions are performed, his attorney told an Oklahoma County judge Friday.Attorney Ilene Jaroslaw of the Center for Reproductive Rights said Dr. Larry Burns of Norman has made “diligent efforts” to ...

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Who’s afraid of the hunger monster?

One member of the Bryan County Coalition Against Hunger passed on to other members a story a friend tells about his wife, who is a Durant second-grade teacher.Early in the fall semester last year, the husband noticed that his wife began to cook unusually large amounts of food for their evening meal. At first, he didn’t ask her why. When she continued for several days to prepare more food than they ate, he casually mentioned the fact. But his wife laughingly brushed his questi...

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Southeastern women’s hoops open season picked 4th

Southeastern women’s basketball will open the 2014-15 season picked to finish in a tie for fourth with rival East Central in the Great American Conference preseason poll.The Savage Storm are coming off a 13-14 season in which they posted a 10-10 conference record and fell to Arkansas Tech in the first round of the conference tournament.SE returns five of its top six scorers, including leading scorer and first team All-GAC selection Emily Williams who posted 15.9 pp...

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