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Caddo residents celebrate their town

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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.This year the Heritage Day Parade Marshals were the members of the Caddo Masonic Lodge. Baker said they were chosen to be honored this year for the help they give in different events and fundraisers.“They do so much for our community,” she said.

 

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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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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Escapee from Vinita captured Monday in Durant, other escapee still at large

The Durant Police Department apprehended a Department of Correction Escapee, Edward Stair, late this morning, Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management said.He had escaped from a Oklahoma Correctional Facility in Vanita in a stolen state vehicle and was captured on the west side of Durant.This escapee is not Raymond J. Stewart who escaped from the Bryan County Jail Saturday afternoon.Authorities ask that citizens continue to be vigilant and report any sightings...

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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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Durant Elks Lodge holds soccer shoot

Durant Elks Lodge held its annual soccer shoot at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex Saturday, October 4, 2014.This yearly event is open to all children under ten years of age. There are two groups in the competition: under-8 (U-8) and under-10 (U-10). The local 1st place winners from each group advance to the state competition in Shawnee, OK.The list of 1st and 2nd place local winners: U-10 girl Addison Polk 1st place, U-8 boy Axel Thurman 1st place, U-10 boy Clayton Franc...

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SE volleyball clinches tournament berth

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. - Southeastern opened the day with a five-set win over Henderson State that clinched a berth in the conference tournament, but ended the day with a sour taste after a 3-0 loss in a non-conference matchup against Alabama-Huntsville on Friday evening with both matches in Arkadelphia, Ark.The Savage Storm moves to 12-10 overall on the season and 6-3 in Great American Conference play heading into a non-conference contest at Ouachita Baptist at 10 a.m. on Saturday morn...

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No. 14 Kansas State beats No. 11 Oklahoma 31-30

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Michael Hunnicutt missed a 19-yard field goal late as No. 14 Kansas State held off No. 11 Oklahoma 31-30 on Saturday afternoon.Oklahoma, trailing by a point in the fourth quarter, drove to the Kansas State 1-yard line, but couldn’t punch the ball in. Hunnicutt then missed the short field goal that would have put the Sooners ahead with 3:53 remaining. Kansas State (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) took possession and ran out the clock.Hunnicutt, touted as...

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SE beats SWOSU in final seconds

WEATHERFORD, Okla. – The Southeastern Savage Storm (4-3) had to make up a 17 point deficit in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback against Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs. SE did just that as they escape in the final seconds with a 28-24 road win and gave SWOSU it’s fourth straight loss.Running back Ronnie Green was shutdown for most of the game. But final seconds of the contest, Green would get the winning touchdown after he punched it into the endzone from...

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Colton’s Run held Saturday

The fifth annual Colton’s Run was held Saturday morning in Durant with numerous runners participating in the event.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 scho...

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Murder suspect escapes from jail

A manhunt began in Durant Saturday after an inmate charged with murder escaped from the Bryan County Jail.Raymond Jay Stewart, 26, Durant, escaped at approximately 1:15 p.m. and officers were searching the south side of town that afternoon. Authorities also set up road blocks at exits to the city.Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden said Stewart, who had been in isolation due to his behavior, asked to take a shower, which is located in the book-in area. Visitation was happeni...

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