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Bennington cleans up after Sunday storm

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The town of Bennington is cleaned up and has electricity restored following a storm Sunday evening that knocked out five power line poles and scattered debris across the town.Durant/Bryan County Emergency Managements Director James Dalton said OG&E had five poles to replace and several lines to repair Monday. The damage was caused by straight-line winds with speeds estimated at 80 miles per hour.He said school was out Monday while awaiting the repairs and clean up began on the baseball field and a few buildings at the school.Bennington Elementary School Principal Pam Reynolds said the power outage delayed testing at the school by one day.

 

Local man to celebrate 90th birthday

Veterans, friends and family are invited to the 90th birthday party for Don James at 1 p.m. April 25 at the Masonic Hall, 3901 W. University Blvd. in Durant.There will be no long speeches or required program, and those attending may stay as long as they want. No gifts, please. James said that he “has you as a friend” and that is all he wants.James is a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific Theater 1942-45. He was in light ordnance as a Browning Autom...

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Salter earns GAC Player of the Week

Southeastern outfielder Ryan Salter has been named the Great American Conference Player of the Week following his performance in the team’s sweep of Northwestern Oklahoma State over the weekend.Salter, a senior from Oak Point, Texas, hit .571 over the three-game sweep that helped keep SE in the mix for a trip to the GAC Tournament.He officially finished 4-for-7 on the weekend, but also added a pair of walks and a pair of sacrifice hits to boost his on-base percenta...

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Class 2A baseball holds firm in top five

Four of Class 2A baseball’s top five ranked teams held firm over the weekend with some interesting tournament results in the books.Silo remains the team to beat after going 3-0 at the Coal Mining Classic in Wilburton and Hartshorne. The 18-1 Rebels blanked Antlers and Poteau before dropping host Hartshorne 10-2 in the Saturday championship.Silo’s only loss this season is a 2-1 decision to Bradenton (Fla.) Christian over spring break. The BC Panthers are 15-7 ...

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Lady Storm swept in twinbill against NWOSU

ALVA, Okla. – The return trip from Northwestern Saturday was much longer than the trip to Alva Thursday.After Friday’s two excellent games between two good teams, Saturday’s action was shock and awe in light of a baker’s dozen home runs by the Lady Rangers in a sweep of Southeastern softballers.The hostesses logged 17-4 and 13-7 victories over the Storm, but it wasn’t quite enough to dislodge the Storm from the top spot in the Great American...

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Fallin signs minimum wage hike ban in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cities across Oklahoma are now prohibited from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin.Supporters say the measure would prevent a hodgepodge of minimum wages in different parts of the state, while opponents say decisions about the wages should be left up to individual communities.Those against the bill also say it specifically targets Oklah...

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Four now charged in Australian college player’s death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A fourth person was charged Monday in the death of an Australian baseball player who was fatally shot as he jogged in a southern Oklahoma neighborhood last summer.Oddesse Barnes, 22, of Duncan, was charged with accessory after murder in the death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane of Melbourne, according to the Stephens County District Attorney’s Office. Lane was preparing for his senior baseball season at East Central University when h...

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Legislation targeting state judiciary stirs debate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the first time since a bribery scandal rocked Oklahoma’s Supreme Court 50 years ago, state lawmakers are considering tinkering with the way Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges are selected.Legislation pending in the state House would alter the method for choosing some members of the 15-member Judicial Nominating Commission, which nominates candidates to be selected by the governor to fill vacancies in the state̵...

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Half of Oklahoma House members draw no opponent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nearly five dozen legislative candidates can mothball their campaigns for another election cycle after failing to draw any opponents for Oklahoma’s June primary or the general election in November.When the campaign filing season ended Friday, 58 candidates could already lay claim to seats in the 2015 legislative session. One of those is a Claremore man who will be new to the House.In some districts that will have races, vo...

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Storm topples mobile home, knocks out power in Bennington

A storm that blew through Bryan County Sunday evening pummelled Bennington with high winds that knocked down power lines, tree limbs and overturned a mobile home.According to Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management, injuries were minor from the mobile home that was toppled. Power was knocked out, but expected to be restored by late Monday morning.Bennington Schools closed Monday due to the storm.

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Achille gets the best of Eagle grudge match

Whenever two Eagles tangle, the feathers will fly.That was the case on Friday in a grudge match between the Eagles of Achille and the Eagles of Victory Life Academy, with Achille grinding out an 11-5 win.Mike Reese went five and one-third innings on the mound to get the win, with Tanner McDonald coming on to close the game. Kevin Covington, VLA’s lone senior, got the start in the Victory Life senior night game.Achille improved to 11-9 on the season with ...

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History in the Making Golf Tournament

The inaugural History in the Making Golf Tournament to benefit Durant’s Three Valley Museum is slated for May 3 at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course, overlooking Lake Texoma.Registration for the four-person scramble will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start set for 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $100 and includes a round of golf, cart, after-play meal and a tee-box gift. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place teams, and for the longest drive and closest to the pin. A...

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John Carey speaks for Hunger Coalition

Former State Representative John Carey has become the voice of The Bryan County Coalition Against Hunger.In this capacity, he will speak to county business and civic groups to explain the problem of hunger in the community and the coalition’s role in the fight against it.Carey, a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and investment consultant for First United Bank and Trust, served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2002 to 2010. He says tha...

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Dr. Dottie Davis to speak on Andersonville

As the Julia Jackson Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy continues their commemoration of the War Between the States, Dr. Dottie Davis will present a program on “Andersonville” which is the most notorious prison of the war. Dr. Davis visited this prison last year and will share her pictures and the role the prison played in the war. The program will be at the Three Valley Museum on Wednesday, April 16 at 1 p.m. The 150th Commemoration of the War Between the S...

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Local man to celebrate 90th birthday

Veterans, friends and family are invited to the 90th birthday party for Don James at 1 p.m. April 25, to be held at the Masonic Hall, 3901 W. University Blvd. in Durant.There will be no long speeches or required program and those attending may stay as long as they want No gifts, please. James said that he has you as a friend and that is all he wants.James is a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific Theater 1942 to 1945. He was in light ordnance as a Browning Auto...

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Choir to perform at Faith Lutheran Church

The Association Free Lutheran Bible School will present a concert of sacred music at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Faith Lutheran Church, 3802 N. Washington Ave., in Durant.The 37- member mixed choir from Minneapolis, Minnesota, tours annually and has traveled across the United States, three times to Norway, and twice to Central Europe. Their last trip to Europe included performances in Poland, Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic.

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Durant Walmart bids farewell to longtime manager

He might not always venture far from home, but when he does, he goes all in.Laughter and tears were shed Thursday as Durant Walmart employees said farewell to the man who has devoted two decades to being the store manager.Mike Snell has been at the helm for 22 years, beginning when Bryan County’s biggest retail business was just a regular ol’ Walmart filling the space where Big Lots and Orscheln now operate. He’s been there through the building of the S...

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Colbert student head to Oklahoma State Speech Tournament

The Colbert Speech Team will compete in the Oklahoma State Speech Tournament in Norman on the University of Oklahoma Campus April 11 and 12. In order to qualify for state, a competitor must place first, second, or third in a qualifying tournament during the season. Then that competitor must place first, second, third or fourth in his\her events at regionals to go to state. A competitor may compete in only three events at regionals and state.

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