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Culbreath retires as Choctaw Education Director

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The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma said goodbye to a longtime leader in the tribal community Tuesday.The tribe held a party Tuesday evening to celebrate Choctaw Education Director Joy Culbreath as she stepped down from her post and into retirement.Culbreath has been in education for 50 years. She spearheaded projects such as the preservation of the Choctaw language program and higher education programs.“She is a pioneer,” said Chief Gary Batton, who said he has been able to work with Culbreath for about the past ten years and he considers it an honor.“Joy is a joy and a blessing to work with,” he said.


Mead OHCE group making fair plans

The Mead group of Oklahoma Home and Community Education met in the home of Gloria Ann Nation at 11 a.m. July 28. President Jolene Reid called the meeting to order.The group’s plan for the Bryan County Fair was the main focus of the business meeting. Ann showed the group the quilt she is making for the group’s fair booth. Other members are canning, sewing and working on items for display in the booth.Plans were discussed for the next business meeting, to be co...

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Several events planned for Colbert

A special program in Colbert is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the town hall council room, the Colbert Historical Society announced.Bill Duckworth, a local historian and a Chickasaw, will share a PowerPoint presentation about the Chickasaw Nation and its relation to the Town of Colbert. The local historical society is inviting the public to experience what members say should be an interesting program. There will be no admission charge. Refreshments will be served after the p...

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New gym a dream come true for Calera HS

Calera’s basketball teams finally have a new gym.It was long overdue, but now it’s here.The old gym, named for former coach Joe ‘Bok’ Laughlin, is home to many memories over the years. The new gym will be home to many memories in the years to come.Some of those memories are good, some not so much. It’s easy to recall the good times. There are games won on miracle shots as time expires. There was a state championship for the Bulldo...

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Durant Cemetery Board resignations explained

Citizens have been wondering why all members of the Durant Cemetery Board resigned earlier this year.Former Board Chair Tom Criswell answered, saying it was time.“We just felt we’d done all we could do after all those years of service over there,” said Criswell.He said the members had served for more than two decades.Criswell said one member of the board had been having health issues and the other two felt it was time to step down ...

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Murder and arson charges filed against Neal

A Blue man was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and third-degree arson.Mark Anthony Neal, 22, is being held without bail on charges of shooting Frank Wendell Owens II, 22, Bokchito, to death and then burning his pickup.Neal was arrested Monday following an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.According to an affidavit by OSBI Agent Reanae Childers, Owens was found severely injured Sun...

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Zac Cater selected for OCA All-State game

Former Durant Lions quarterback Zac Cater was selected to the play in the 2014 Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State football game on Aug. 1 at Bixby, Ok. Cater led one of the most prolific offenses in Durant’s history, throwing for 2,765 yards with 30 touchdowns last season. Cater signed to play quarterback with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla.

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SE Volleyball tied for sixth in GAC poll

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s volleyball team will open the 2014 season picked to finish tied for sixth in the Great American Conference, according to the league’s preseason poll released Wednesday.The Savage Storm posted a 13-18 record a season ago with a 7-7 mark in GAC play. But the team will be under the leadership of new head coach Brianna Barry, who replaced the departing Jenn King.Barry will have five returning starters to work with, includi...

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Mayors, including Durant’s mayor, show support for Inhofe

OKLAHOMA CITY – Senator Jim Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) campaign has recently released the endorsements of 45 mayors from cities and towns all over Oklahoma.Endorsers include Durant’s Mayor Jerry Tomlinson along with Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City, Mayor Dewey Bartlett of Tulsa, as well as mayors from all five of the state’s defense communities.“I support those who support our community,” said Mayor Tomlinson. He said Inhofe has held the c...

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Man claims tampering in case over bombing videos

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawyer suing the FBI over his public records request for surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing said Tuesday that one of his witnesses backed out after being visited by government officials last week.Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue made the accusation Tuesday to U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups during the second day of the trial, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.“I think this is a serious matter,” Trentadue sai...

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RC gets a win, Caddo takes a fall

BLUE — The Rock Creek Lady Mustangs took a 7-0 victory over the Valliant Lady Bulldogs in fast-pitch softball action Tuesday afternoon, just after Valliant bested the Caddo Lady Bruins 9-1.Rock Creek 7, Valliant 0The Lady Mustangs mounted a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Lead-off Arie Young drew a walk. After stealing second and advancing to third on an Ashlynn Robinson single, Young scored.Then, Macy Eiler got one through t...

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Second arrest made in Blue River shooting

A second arrest has been made in connection with a Sunday-night shooting near the Blue River Bridge in Bryan County.Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents arrested 31-year-old Craig Becker for accessory to murder after the fact.OSBI spokesperson Gary Perkinson said evidence lead them to believe Becker was involved in burning victim Frank Owens’ truck after he was shot and killed Sunday night.Frank Wendell Owens II, 22, Bennington, was found with g...

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Davis speaks to Kiwanis

Dr. Dottie Davis, Director of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Durant on July 23. She shared many of the services the library now offers including Zinio, a new on-line magazine provider, that allows library patrons to download many of their favorite magazines directly from the library website. Shown with Dr. Davis are Kiwanians Chris Moore and John Breon.

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Roland Fanning headed to Little Rock

Roland Fanning has been living the dream for the past two years as a volunteer assistant for the Oklahoma State University baseball program.The Coalgate High School graduate has been an OSU supporter for as long as he can remember. But when the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offered him a job as a full-time assistant and recruiting coordinator, it was an offer he simply couldn’t refuse.The Sun Belt Conference school made the announcement via their website on...

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Child hides in home after someone breaks in

A child hid inside her home while someone was breaking in, the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office said.On July 29 at 1:35 p.m. The Bryan County 911 Center received a call at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday from a 14-year-old child reporting that someone was breaking into her home on Star Road located in the community of Silo.The child hide in the house and stayed on the phone with the 911 operator while sheriff’s deputies and Chickasaw Lighthorse police responded to the residen...

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SE professor spends summer teaching in Hong Kong and China

DURANT – College professors spend their summers in a variety of ways. Some may teach. Others may do research. And some may travel.For Dr. Jon Reid, it was all of the above and more as the Southeastern Oklahoma State University psychology and counseling professor spent time in Hong Kong, mainland China, and Taiwan.In Hong Kong, Reid participated in several workshops during ...

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Summer reading program has a magical end

As summer comes close to an end so did the summer reading program at the Donald W. Reynolds Library.The program ended Friday by honoring the top readers in each class followed by snacks, face painting, games and magic.Top readers included Ellie Henderson, Kaydee Current, Jacee Bentley, Jordan Hammond and Jonathan Davis. Emily Wright earned the title of overall top reader with over 400 book read this summer.Each top reader was given a $25 gift card and a certif...

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SE Cross Country picked fourth in GAC poll

Southeastern’s cross country team has been picked to finish fourth in the Great American Conference according to the preseason poll released on Monday.The Savage Storm is coming off a third place finish in the GAC Championship meet in 2013 after opening that season picked to finish eighth.SE returns three runners from last season’s breakout squad, including all-conference honorees Bailee Weger and Haylee Story, along with Amanda Kirby who was twice SE’s...

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