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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.


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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County Commissioners discuss road projects

Bryan County commissioners held a mere 10-minute meeting Monday as they updated each other on current road projects throughout each district.The meeting was primarily called to approve the 13th estimate for the District Three Sawmill Road project in the amount of $488,021.14.It was also revealed that the county’s eight-year road plan had to be revised, pushing back the date for the Straight Creek project due to a delay with the required environmental study....

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Man sentenced for manslaughter crash

A Durant man who was charged with first-degree manslaughter for a fatal car crash pleaded no contest to the charge.Joshua David Ray, 35, was sentenced to 20 years in prison with the last five years suspended for the April crash that killed Shirley Howard, 75.According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Ray’s eastbound Jeep traveled left of center and struck a westbound Chevrolet Blazer driven by Howard, who was pronounced dead at the scene.Ray was arrested ...

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Oklahoma City bombing memorial adds new exhibits

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A key piece of evidence, hundreds of oral testimonies and new artifacts were unveiled Monday at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum dedicated to the deadly 1995 bombing.The additions are part of a nearly $8 million project that aims to attract a new generation of visitors to the structure, including those too young to remember the attack by Timothy McVeigh on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more....

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Southeastern receives $2.25 million grant

DURANT – Technology continues to play an increasingly important role in the world of higher education. Thanks to a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Southeastern Oklahoma State University hopes to increase retention and graduation rates through implementation and upgrades of technology.The University recently received the news that “Project Grad’’ will be funded through ...

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Lions fall to Ardmore, 27-13

The Durant Lions fought a good fight against the Ardmore Tigers Friday night but came up short, 27-13.

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Storm survives UAM, 52-49

DURANT - The Southeastern Savage Storm was in a shoot-out with University of Arkansas Monticello on Saturday night and came away with a 52-49 win after Jake Walters kicked a 19-yard field goal in the closing seconds.The game featured a lot of offense as SE totaled 616 offensive yards and Monticello finished with 557 offensive yards.Quaterback Ryan Polite finished 22-for-30 with 304 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Running back Ronnie Gre...

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Caddo takes 36-24 district loss to Wetumka

CADDO — The Caddo Bruins tried to make a comeback Friday night in their district and home opener against the Wetumka Chieftains. They just ran out of time to make up the deficit created in the first half, when Wetumka scored all 32 of its points.The Bruins scored eight each in the first and second quarters and added eight more in the fourth for their 24 total.Bruin Field looked like it was surrounded by a moat in areas, due to the day’s heavy rain pooling on ...

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SE volleyball tripped up by Bronchos

Southeastern Oklahoma State University opened Day 2 of the South Central Classic on the wrong end of a 3-0 score against Central Oklahoma Saturday morning in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.The loss drops the Savage Storm to 3-5 overall on the year with one final match remaining on the weekend against Missouri Southern State later Saturday afternoon.Emily Gentle led the SE offense with 11 kills and hit .308, while Courtney Miller added five.Alissa Benson and Madelynne ...

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