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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.


Jury term beings 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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Storm football on CBS Sports Net tonight

Who would have thought fans would be in danger of whiplash or at least a crick in the neck Saturday night at Paul Laird Field?And that was just keeping up with scoring changes.Coach Bo Atterberry’s Savage Storm footballers opened the home schedule with a win against Arkansas-Monticello. If you just heard a score now and then, you could be excused for thinking it was preseason basketball.How many of you have seen or even heard of two games in a row decide...

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Durant travels to play rival Ada Cougars

The Durant Lions (0-2) will hit the road Friday to play another rival team, the Ada Cougars.The Cougars (1-1) are coming off a 37-2 win over Madill last week. The Ada defense held Madill to a slim total of 99 yards of offense. While Ada’s offense put up 466 yards of total offense.It’s been a long time since Durant has gotten a win against the Cougars. If Durant can leave Ada with a win, “it will be the first time since 1985, when I was sophomore in high...

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Hearing set for man charged with pharmacy robbery

A preliminary hearing has been set for a Durant man accused of robbing a Calera pharmacy.A conference was conducted Wednesday for Bobby Gene Brewer II, 42, who is charged with first-degree robbery and endangering others while eluding police. His preliminary hearing, used to determine if there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial, was set for Oct. 29.Brewer was charged in August after authorities said he led Calera Police Chief Don Hyde on a chase that ended in ...

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Oklahoma releases A-F report cards for schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An increasing number of Oklahoma’s public schools received a D or an F grade on annual report cards released Wednesday by the state Department of Education that have been fiercely criticized by superintendents and the state’s largest education union.The State Board of Education gave final approval to the letter grades, which will be posted to the department’s website.

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