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Secretary who worked under Jay Paul Gumm sentenced

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A woman who, along with former State Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, was charged with embezzlement in Stone County, Miss., has pleaded guilty to the charge.The Stone County Enterprise reported this week that Tina Owens Gillespie pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement and was sentenced to 20 years in prison with the last 12 years suspended.Gillespie was the executive secretary of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, and according to the newspaper, she admitted to forging signatures and cashing checks that added up to more than $400,000.Gumm, who was the former SCEDP executive director, also is accused of embezzling more than $24,000, according to a news release from Misssisipi State Auditor Stacey Pickering.


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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Education Department releases A-F school grades

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education on Wednesday released A-F report cards for every public school site and district in the state amid opposition from some superintendents and teacher groups who say the way the grades are calculated are faulty.Here is some background on the grading system:___Q: What is the A-F grading system?

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SOS to sing at Calera First Baptist Church

SOS, a group from Calvary Baptist Church will be singing at at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at the First Baptist Church of Calera. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the group.SOS, “Serving Our Savior,” is a group composed nine women who seek to glorify the lord through the singing of gospel, traditional and beautiful arrangements of the old well loved hymns. The performances also offer the ladies an opportunity to share scripture and personal thoughts.The grou...

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Southeastern volleyball rallies but falls 3-2 at CU

LAWTON, Okla. - For the second time in a week, Southeastern rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to tie the match, but was unable to complete the comeback in a 3-2 loss at Cameron on Tuesday night in Lawton, Okla.The Savage Storm slips to 4-6 on the season heading into a Thursday night matchup against Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. in Oklahoma City, Okla.SE was paced by Julia Benford who turned in a career night, shattering her previous career high by turning in 21 kills and hitti...

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Special Olympics Athletes

Special Olympics Athletes of the Game for Friday night’s Durant High football contest were Montana Smith, a freshman at DHS, and Colt Wright, who is currently a junior at Durant High School.

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Rankings: Lady Mustangs still No. 1, Rebels hold at No. 4

The Rock Creek Lady Mustangs remain the state’s top Class A fast-pitch team, according to the third week of Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association rankings. The Silo Rebels baseball team also stayed stationary, at No. 4 in Class A, where the Calera Bulldogs narrowed the gap in climbing to No. 8.BaseballThe Silo Rebels are still at No. 4 in Class A. But they’re now 43 points behind the Byng Pirates, who the Rebels have now beaten tw...

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Silo makes late rally to beat Byng

SILO — The No. 4 Silo Rebels hosted the No. 3 Byng Pirates Tuesday afternoon, and the game seemed more of a battle than the 7-4 final. The Rebels claimed the victory, scoring all their runs in the bottom of the sixth.Silo left two on base in the first, fourth and fifth innings and bases loaded in the second. The Pirates stranded their share too, stuffing the bags in the fourth with one out, only to go down and out on the next two batters.

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Bryan County man arrested for attempted abduction

A Bryan County man is facing charges of kidnapping, burglary, grand larceny and domestic abuse after attempting to abduct a woman from a Bennington rehabilitation residential facility, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.Matthew Blake Jones, 22, had been discharged from the program on Sept. 11 due to a domestic incident but showed up the next day to take one of the program participants with him, according to an affidavit by Sheriff’s Sgt. Joey Tucker....

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Bicycle rider hit by car

A man riding a bicycle in the 4200 block of Washington Avenue was struck by a car late Tuesday morning.Durant Police, Durant Fire Department and Bryan County EMS responded at 11:55 a.m. after the 911 center received a call about a man who had been hit by a car.According to the Durant Fire Department, a vehicle struck the bicyclist and knocked him into a ditch.He complained of a slight pain in his back and was transported by Bryan County EMS to the Medical Cent...

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Durant cross country teams compete at Cross Country Invitational

In a meet loaded with over 300 runners from 17 different schools, Durant notched several outstanding finishes in its 2nd Annual Cross Country Invitational Saturday at Lake Durant.Leading the way were the varsity girls, who had four placers in the Top 10.Madelynn Coffey took second in a time of 22:35 while Morgan Williamson added a personal best mark of 23:23 to claim third. Regan Ramos checked in ninth in a personal best 24:11 and Jenny Terron did likewise in 10th with a...

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Murray running the show for Cowboys’ offense early

IRVING, Texas (AP) — DeMarco Murray reversed field and sprinted around right end for the first down, sliding just before the sideline with the Cowboys running out the clock during their win at Tennessee.The play in the fourth quarter Sunday said a lot about Murray and the Cowboys’ sudden fascination with the running game. It was his career-high 27th carry, which means the Cowboys kept giving him the ball and counted on him to make the smart play after he lost a fumble e...

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Bulldogs take down Mustangs 11-2

CALERA — The Calera Bulldogs claimed an 11-2 win over the Rock Creek Mustangs Monday afternoon. The game was originally scheduled to be at Rock Creek’s field, but Calera’s was dryer after the recent rain.The Mustangs led this one after scoring two in the top of the second. Four-hole Nash Hestily led it off with a double over the left fielder’s head. After Garrett Mitchell drew a walk, Davis Rogers laid down a fast-moving bunt that caught Calera’s infie...

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