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MCSO in Durant to pay $1.5 million to resolve false claims act lawsuit

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MUSKOGEE – The Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant and its parent company, Health Management Associates Inc., have agreed to pay $1,065,000 to the United States and $435,000 to the State of Oklahoma to resolve allegations that the hospital billed for unnecessary surgical procedures by a doctor at the hospital. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma made the announcement Friday. In a federal lawsuit, the hospital was accused of billing SoonerCare, the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, for surgical procedures performed by Dr. Daniel Castro and related hospital services that were not medically necessary, according...


Savage Storm tennis teams stubble in semifinals

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — After a marathon five-hour match in the Great American Conference Tournament semifinal, Southeastern men’s tennis team saw its bid for sweeping the regular season and postseason conference titles come to an end after being upset by Ouachita Baptist 5-4 in Bentonville, Ark.The loss drops the Savage Storm to 13-7 on the season and leaves the team waiting to learn of its potential NCAA tournament chances.Top-seeded SE came into the event afte...

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Library luncheon to be held Thursday

Piloting a jet over magnificent mountain ranges and endless deserts, George Goldthwaite developed a love for the American West that developed into a second career as a writer of Western novels.Goldthwaite will speak about his books at a Brown-Bag Luncheon at noon on Thursday, April 24, at Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library, 1515 W. Main St. in Durant.The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Reynolds Library and is free to the public. Attendees are encourage...

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Emergency Management prepares to move

It’s been two years in the making, and Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management will be waiting approximately another year to enter its new facility, but plans are underway.Emergency Management Director James Dalton said they received a $1 million grant two years ago to build the facility and have since been going through the environmental studies and paperwork to secure the land needed.The new facility will be located near the Durant Regional Airport-Eaker Field. ...

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Parks and Speer wed

Karla Leigh Parks and Chad Wayne Speer were united in marriage on Sunday, March 16, 2014. The wedding was held at the Valley of the Falls at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.The Valley of the Falls is a setting of waterfalls that surround a Greek-like Parthenon under which the ceremony took place.The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Parks. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Parks, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Houser, and the late Mr. Haynie Burkhalter....

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Lady Storm softballers sweep SW in GAC play

Southeastern took care of business here Friday with a 4-0, 11-2 (five innings) sweep of Southwestern in Great American Conference softball action.Hits were scarce in the first game and Jessica Simmons provided two of SE’s three hits and scored three of the four runs. She also walked and stole two bases.Mindy McElroy took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and lost it when Adrienne Martinez led off with a grounder up the middle that turned into a hit when Storm sho...

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Leopards clip Mustangs, 3-0

BOKCHITO — The Colbert Leopards crossed the plate only three times Friday, but it was enough to take the road win from Rock Creek.Both teams missed chances to score. Colbert left three runners on base in the second inning, two each in the fourth and sixth, and one in the first and seventh. Rock Creek stranded two in the third and one each in the first and fifth.It was a scoreless game until the top of the fourth, when Colbert took a 2-0 lead. With one out, Keller C...

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Durant Lions JV sweeps McAlester

The Durant Lion junior varsity rode stellar pitching and solid defense to a doubleheader sweep of McAlester on Friday evening at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex.In the opener, the hosts rolled to an 8-0 run-rule triumph before squeezing out a 3-1 decision in Game 2, improving to 14-4 on the season.Matthew Knox twirled four innings in the opening game, scattering three hits to pick up the pitching victory. Drew Smith tossed a scoreless fifth to preserve the run rule....

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Shawn Hamil wins GAC Coach of the Year, revamping SE tennis

Before Keith Baxter became Southeastern’s athletics director, he once was the university’s head tennis coach.In 1994-98, Baxter coached a tennis player named Shawn Hamil, who was a standout in the sport at Hugo High School prior to coming to college.Fast-forward to recent history, when the men’s tennis coach position opened.Baxter soon sought out Hamil in hopes that he would become the next Southeastern head coach and “guide the menR...

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Silas Carter

Memorial services for Silas Carter of Wade, Ok. who passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014 at his home will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Eternal Life Church in Marlow, Ok. Arrangements are under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service, Durant.

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Mothers of disabled work toward future

 When four mothers found lifetime opportunities for their intellectually challenged children limited they decided to take matters into their own hands and work toward making their future more than depending on strangers or government programs to take care of them. Donna Hicks, Patty Shackleford, Janie Kilpatrick and Joy Curtis enlisted the help of Steve Remshardt, a retired postal worker and area coordinator of Special Olympics Red River Area 13. They formed a non-profit organizatio...

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Elks Lodge honors students and first respondors

The Durant Elks Lodge showed its appreciation to area students, law enforcement and first responders Thursday.The lodge held a spaghetti lunch for area seniors who are at the top of their class, including student body presidents, vice presidents, valedictorians and salutatorians.May is officially youth appreciation month, however the Elks lodge hosts this appreciation meal a month early due to the high amount of school activity in May.Approximately eight area ...

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Sheriff discusses DOC inmate pull

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is in the process of pulling its inmates out of county jails, and Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden said he is not yet sure if this is good or bad for area jails.While Golden said he isn’t getting excited over the effect on Bryan County Jail just yet, he does worry about some of the surrounding counties.“I know a lot of smaller county jails, smaller than us, like Pushmataha County and some of those, are gonna be struggling...

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Lions slump contiues against Shawnee

SHAWNEE – Missed opportunities were the story for the Durant Lions Thursday night, dropping a 7-2 decision on the road against district-leading Shawnee.The Lions had their chances while loading the bases in each of the first two innings but failed to score any runs in either frame. In total, Durant stranded 14 base runners.Shawnee meanwhile cashed in most of its chances coupling a pair of hits around a Lion error in the first frame to plate three runs. The Wolves t...

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SE Golf: Hunter, Suarez named All-Conference players

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern’s Jeff Hunter and Marcos Sevilla Suarez have each earned All-Great American Conference selections, with Hunter making the first team, while Sevilla was named a second team pick.Hunter, a senior from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, is having his best season at SE with a team-best 74.15 scoring average on 26 rounds and is the only golfer to play in all 10 tournament this season. He has six rounds at par or better and has twice shot 69 in a round...

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Rock Creek scoreless against Silo

BOKCHITO — The Silo Rebels claimed a 9-0 victory over the Rock Creek Mustangs in six innings Thursday afternoon.Silo put one on the board in the opening frame and added five in the top of the second to carry a 6-0 lead into the sixth. That’s when Jarris Hamilton connected for a three-run homer over the left-field fenceHamilton finished 2-for-4 with the home run, a double and four RBIs. Lance House went 2-for-4 and Andrew Bolin 1-for-4.Rock Creek re...

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SE Men’s tennis top seed in GAC Tourney

DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern will look to take advantage of its No. 1 seed when it opens play in the Great American Conference Tournament against Ouachita Baptist on April 18 at 1 p.m. in Bentonville, Ark.The Savage Storm picked up its first regular season conference championship by running the table in league play, picking up wins over OBU, Harding and East Central, all on the road.In addition to its 3-0 conference record, SE put together a 13-6 mark overall, including ...

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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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