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Competency hearing for murder suspect postponed

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A competency hearing for a man charged with first-degree murder has been rescheduled.Mark Anthony Neal, 22, Durant, was charged July 30 for the murder of Frank Wendell Owens II, 22, Bokchito. According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Neal shot Owens in the head with a .17-caliber rifle. He also is charged with third-degree arson for the burning of a pickup driven by the victim.Neal was originally scheduled for a competency hearing Thursday, however, Neal’s attorney, D. Michael Haggerty II, requested it be postponed to allow him to obtain an expert on competency.Special Associate District Judge Trace Sherrill agreed and set Oct. 23 as the new date.


Districts in the coming week for fast-pitch softball teams

Fast-pitch softball teams now know who they will face for Districts in the coming week. Pairings have been released by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. The double-elimination playoffs opener should be wrapped up no later than Sept. 27.Class 2ADistrict 26: Tushka (No. 12, 21-11) and Calera (15-11) will tangle on the Lady Tigers’ field. These teams have met only once this season with Tushka taking an 8-0 win Sept. 8 at home. Tus...

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Rock Creek beats Colbert

BLUE — The Lady Mustangs mounted a 9-0 win against the Colbert Lady Leopards Friday afternoon.Colbert struggled to execute on several opportunities and committed four errors in the game, which contributed heavily to the final result of a run rule after four and one-half innings. Both teams finished with four hits, and Rock Creek was credited with two defensive miscues.Colbert’s Jordan Weger opened the game with a double that got through to left and hooked acr...

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Rough night in Ada

ADA — The Durant Lions fell to 0-3 on the season after a devastating 42-6 loss to the Ada Cougars Friday night.Last week, Ada’s defense held Madill to a mere 99 yards of total offense. On Friday, Ada held Durant’s offense to a slim 110 yards of total offense. The Cougars offense had its way and rolled up 310 yards.Durant’s running attack was put in check, totaling 63 yards. Jakob Bradford rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries, Layton Tubbs had 20 yard...

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District pairings announced: Baseball playoffs to begin Thursday

District pairings have been announced for fall baseball. This opening round of the playoffs is double elimination and must be completed no later than Sept. 27, according to Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association rules.Class ADistrict 3: Silo (No. 4, 21-4) will host Colbert and Achille. Action will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday with Colbert and Achille. The loser will take on Silo at around 4 p.m. and the winner around 6.

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Jury term begins Monday

The September/October jury term begins Monday with a trial for a man accused of setting fire to a house and eluding police.James Doyle Starlin, 25, Atoka, was charged March 26 with first-degree arson, endangering others while eluding police and possession of methamphetamine.Starlin and Bradley Don Crowell, 38, Kenefic, are accused of of pouring gasoline on a house on Indian Road off Sawmill Road, then setting it on fire while Tobie Airington and Dezaray Donelan were insi...

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State judge dismisses Ten Commandments lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol does not violate the state constitution and can stay there, an Oklahoma County judge said Friday in a ruling that attorneys who filed the lawsuit vowed to appeal to the state Supreme Court.District Judge Thomas Prince granted a motion filed on behalf of the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission to block the lawsuit from going to trial.

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Local couple celebrates 50 years

Dennis and Gayle Hall celebrated 50 years of marriage on Sept. 6, 2014, at an elegant party hosted by their children at the Massey Building in Durant.More than 150 of their closest family and friends were in attendance. Guests enjoyed a buffet luncheon catered by Dining Around, anniversary cake, music from Mark Webb, photographs and stories shared of the couple’s life together, and a surprise performance by Sonny and Cher during the golden celebration that was coordinated by ...

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Calera blanks Colbert, 4-0

COLBERT — The Calera Bulldogs came away with a 4-0 win over the Colbert Leopards Thursday afternoon.Colbert stranded seven runners through this game, including going down with bases loaded in the first, and Calera left on eight.Calera broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third, where the Bulldogs began at the top of the lineup. Josh Loper led off with a walk. Rylee Barton followed with a shot up that had third baseman Garrett Work diving in the dirt for a miss...

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DMS football teams opens the season with victories

BROKEN BOW — After several extra weeks of preparation, both Durant Middle School football teams opened the season with victories on the road at Broken Bow Thursday evening.The seventh-grade Lions held off the Savages, 18-14, in the opener and the eighth-grade Lions roared to a 46-8 triumph in the nightcap.Next action for each squad will be Thursday when they host Ada starting at 5 p.m.Seventh gradeBall control was the story fo...

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Southeastern suffers rough loss at No. 7 Henderson State, 60-17

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — Southeastern closed the deficit against No. 7 Henderson State to one score midway through the third quarter, but the Reddies scored 35 unanswered points to close the game and the Savage Storm found itself on the wrong end of a 60-17 loss on Thursday night in Arkadelphia, Ark.The loss drops SE to 1-2 overall on the year and 1-2 in Great American Conference play heading into a Sept. 27 matchup against Ouachita Baptist at 6 p.m. at Paul Laird Field....

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Durant competes at Silo Cross Country Invitational

A second-place team finish by the Durant Lady Lions topped another solid showing in the Silo Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday at Fort Washita.Durant High School girls ended with 49 points, falling just three points shy of meet champ Marietta.Madelynn Coffey was the Durant catalyst with a third-place time of 13:20, and Morgan Williamson wrapped up in seventh at 14:12. Shantyle Ned claimed 18th (14:53), Cassie Bisson was 20th (15:00), Ashleigh Ned checked in at 21st (...

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High school teacher fired for lack of degree

A history teacher who also served as an assistant coach for football and track coach was officially dismissed from Durant Independent School District Thursday evening on the grounds of willful neglect of duties.Thomas “Todd” Anthony has not met the requirement set forth by school policy that states each teacher must obtain a master’s degree within seven years of employment.Anthony hit the seven-year mark Aug. 8 and lacks three credit hours to obtain the...

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SE students earn points for attending events

Southeastern Oklahoma State University has found a new way to get students involved. From sporting events to celebrations, students can now get rewarded for attending SE events.The program is called Savage Storm Spotters and has students checking in at events to gain “spots” points. The program is geared to get students involved in multiple aspects of college life.“The program is a partnership between Student Affairs, Student Life, Residence Life, Music...

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Garrett Luke Schulze graduates from combat school

Nineteen-year-old Navy Master-At-Arms Petty Officer 3rd Class Garrett Luke Schulze recently graduated from Expeditionary Combat Skills School in Gulfport, Miss., and Embarked Security Combat Skills School in Norfolk/Portsmouth, Virginia.Schulze arrived in Bahrain (Persian Gulf) in March and is assigned to Coastal Riverine Group 2 Detachment Bahrain of the Coastal Riverine Force, an arm of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC).CRG-2 Detachment Bahrain is a permanen...

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Theatre At Southeastern presents ‘Sense and Sensibility’

Theatre at Southeastern is proud to present “Sense and Sensibility,” by Jane Austen, on Thursday, Sept. 25, through Saturday, Sept. 27 in historic Montgomery Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus.“Sense and Sensibility,” is adapted from Jane Austen’s classic novel, “Sense and Sensibility.” Sensible Elinor is charmed by the goodness of Edwards, while passionate Marianne is swept off of her feet by the d...

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Report cards for Bryan County schools released

DurantWashington Irving A-Robert E. Lee A-Northwest Heights AIntermediate School CMiddle School B+High School A-AchilleGrades Pre-K-8th C-High School A-BenningtonGrades Pre-K-8th B+High School BCaddoGrades Pre-K-8th B-High School C+Calera...

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Caddo Bruins looking for first win against Canadian Cougars

Caddo’s second district football game will be on the road Friday against the Canadian Cougars. The Bruins will make the 95-mile trip to the town north of McAlester for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.The Oklahoman District B-4 preseason poll put Caddo in fourth and Canadian down in ninth.There are some similarities in the teams. Both are getting back to eight-man football after competing for two seasons in Class A 11-man. Caddo has four seniors on its roster, and Cana...

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