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Inmate from Durant escapes from prison

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GRANITE (AP) — Authorities are searching for an inmate from Durant who escaped from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.Greer County Sheriff’s Office reported 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was discovered missing from the medium-security prison, which has a capacity of almost 1,000 inmates.No details about Kelsey’s escape were immediately available Thursday morning.Kelsey was serving time on burglary and weapons-related convictions out of Bryan County. He was due for a parole hearing in July 2016.Kelsey is described as a white man, 5-foot-10, approximately 170 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

 

Oklahoma board votes again to delay education plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators across Oklahoma.The board voted 5-1 to delay action on the plan, despite concerns from State Superintendent Janet Barresi that the education groups were trying to “hijack the proc...

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Armstrong Road receives facelift

Road work continues for parts of Bryan County as the District 3 crew lays new asphalt on Armstrong Road. The new asphalt extends one mile east from the Durant city limits.

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Charges filed for Mead burglary suspect

The suspect in multiple recent burglaries in the Mead area has been charged with three felonies in connection to the recent crimes, plus a felony drug charge.Michael D. Jamison, 42, was charged with possession of firearms after felony conviction, since he reportedly had a small semi-automatic weapon during the time of the burglaries.He is also charged with burglary of an auto and knowingly concealing stolen property. According to reports, authorities found discovered a m...

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Weather forecast for SE football: Warm and competitive

You don’t have to know the seasons to tell when it’s time for football.You remember football, of course. That’s when you wear your very warmest clothes, take extras just in case, a thermos loaded with hot tea, stuff like that. Just follow the guys with the blankets and blondes.Football is also the sport that practices in 100-degree weather to prepare for what should be a cold-weather sport.Figure that out and you will be sent straightaway to ...

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Deputies nab burglary suspect

A suspect in multiple thefts in the Mead area was arrested Tuesday evening, the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office said.Michael D. Jamison, 42, was arrested after fleeing a residence on Sophia Loop in the town.Sheriff Ken Golden said that Undersheriff Kevin Nave and Investigator Nathan Calloway coordinated the effort to find Jamison.“They came in from the back side (of a residence) and lo and behold, he takes off running and jumps a fence and then jumps...

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Meals free at Silo Schools this school year

All Silo Public Schools students, faculty and staff will be able to get free breakfasts and lunches this school year.The school board voted unanimously earlier this month to provide the meals at no cost.“We’re trying to take care of our kids and our employees, and we’re excited to be able to do this for Silo District,” Superintendent Donna Anderson said.

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Brecheen on marriage ruling: Oklahoma must defend traditional, biblical definition of marriage

Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Colgate, issued the following statement in response to a ruling of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage.“The citizens of Oklahoma have made it clear that they believe the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman should be the law of the land. State leaders should be prepared to stand steadfast against any effort by federal judges to circumvent the will of the people and redefine...

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Authorities investigating burglaries of occupied homes

Several occupied homes were burglarized Friday, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Ken Golden said the parsonage at the Nazarene Church on Cale Switch Road was among those burglarized.The residents at that home were in the process of moving out, but were still living there, according to Golden, who said a couple of other occupied homes in the area were burglarized that night.The occupants discovered the burglaries the following mornin...

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Durant Daily Democrat is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making www.durantdemocrat.com, easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibi...

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Bryan County 4-H students get artsy

Last week’s 4-H day camp was conducted at Elements Art Center in Durant, where children were able to paint their own 4-H logos.The common four-leaf clover used to represent the club got some pretty colorful updates as each child made the symbol their own Thursday.Each child painted the symbol with some guidance, but the details and coloring were left up to the individual’s choice.Each of the 16 paintings reflecting the symbol that unites the childr...

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Common Core repeal has Oklahoma educators worried

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the Legislature’s repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they’re concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 states that have implemented the standards.Until Oklahoma develops its own new standards — a process expected to take at least two years — districts were directed by the new law to return to the Priority Academic Student Sk...

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Group hopes to build Oklahoma pop culture museum

TULSA (AP) — Jamie Oldaker toured the world drumming for the likes of Eric Clapton, among others, but he never lost touch with Oklahoma, where he honed the skills that enabled him to spend his life making music.Oldaker, who grew up in Tulsa, has lent his support to a group pushing for the construction of a museum that would showcase the many contributions to music, acting, writing and the arts by people with ties to the state.“People just need...

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A Senate Review by Senator Josh Brecheen

Last year, I coauthored Senate Bill 1062, which was signed into law and went into effect this month on July 1 . The new law created an administrative workers compensation system based on the highly successful Arkansas model. This month, the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensa...

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Bryan County native to lead Rebel basketball

Brett Frank has gone from the Ole Miss Rebels women’s basketball team to the Silo Rebels boys’ hoops.And from the sound of it, his new school might as well adopt a more descriptive mascot, like the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.“We will do a lot of conditioning,” the new head coach said. “My basketball philosophy is a very high-paced, transition-oriented, full-court press. We’re going to be going up and down the floor for 32 minutes and th...

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RCHS softballers make Heartland All-Star teams

Carol Ann Scott and Ashlynn Robinson of Rock Creek High School successfully tried out for the Heartland Softball All-Star Classic this summer.Both — who were contributing members of the state champion Lady Mustangs team in the spring as freshmen — were invited to play in the two-day tournament in Pryor. The annual event gives high-school players and recent graduates from Oklahoma and Arkansas a chance to demonstrate their skills in front o...

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Two Rock Creek FFA officers to attend conferences

Alex Folsom will attend the National Young Leadership Advanced Medicine and Health Care Conference in Baltimore, Md.Folsom — a senior at Rock Creek High School and Future Farmers of America Chapter president — plans to attend Southeastern Oklahoma State University and complete her degree at Oklahoma University to become a certified registered anesthetist.She is the daughter of Jennifer a...

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Trial set to begin against energy drink company

A trial is scheduled to begin Monday in the case of a local woman suing an energy drink company.A Durant woman is suing the makers and local distributor of the popular Monster energy drink on behalf of her teenage son.The lawsuit, filed in January 2013 in Bryan County District Court, claims Angela Wheat’s 16-year-old son collapsed and went into cardiac arrest after consuming a Monster energy drink in November 2011. The suit names as defendants the California-based ...

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