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Chief Pyle celebrates a birthday and retirement

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About 2,000 people from across the country gathered to celebrate the birthday and retirement of Choctaw Chief Gregory Pyle.Pyle has served as chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma for 13 years and has decided to retire to spend time with his family while his grandchildren are young.A celebration was held at the Choctaw Event Center Thursday morning to celebrate Chief Pyle’s 65th birthday and say farewell to the chief.“Today is just a mixture of emotions,” said Assistant Chief Gary Batton who said while he is excited to become chief, he is also saying goodbye to a friend and mentor.Batton will be sworn in as chief for the remainder of the unexpired term ending in July at which time he does plan to run for chief.


Oklahoma House passes income tax cut legislation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would trim Oklahoma’s personal income tax rate when state revenue improves was approved by the House on Wednesday in spite of objections that it’s irresponsible in the face of critical education, health care and transportation needs.House members voted 54-40 for the Senate-passed measure that is one of the session’s top priorities for Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, who is seeking re-election. It now goes to...

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Two charged with trafficking meth

Two men have been jailed after Calera Police arrested them for suspicion of trafficking in methamphetamine.Christopher Dale Welborn, 32, and Ricky Glen Luttrell, 55, were charged with trafficking in illegal drugs.According to a probable-cause affidavit by Calera Assistant Police Chief T.J. White, officers were preparing Monday to search a residence in the 300 block of West McKennon Street when Luttrell and another man later identified as Welborn were seen getting into a ...

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Merideth named DISD superintendent

Durant School Board voted unanimously on a new superintendent during a special meeting at noon Wednesday.The position was given to Duane Merideth, who has served as assistant superintendent for 14 years.Meredith has been in public education for 30 years. He began his teaching career in 1984 as a biology teacher in Sherman, Texas, where he also coached football, powerlifting and track.From 1990-92, he was principal at Sherman’s Dillingham Intermediate Sch...

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SE softball: GAC championship on the line this weekend

If you like games that are meaningful, come on out to the Southeastern softball field this weekend.Coach Ron Faubion’s LadyStorm are in first place in the Great American Conference standings by a teeny margin over Northwestern (Storm 25-10, Lady Rangers 23-11). Henderson State is third at 23-13.As it happens in all good “B” movies, Southeastern is hosting Henderson State this weekend.To get the hay in the barn and lock the door, the Storm nee...

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Sierra Moore signs with University of Central Oklahoma

Sierra Moore’s basketball career keeps extending upward.Moore was a two-time All-District performer for the Durant Lady Lions before she went to Murray State College. The past two years there, she averaged 10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists.Now, Moore will be hanging her jersey in new a locker room. She recently signed with the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.UCO women’s basketball coach Guy Hardaker has high hopes for Moore....

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SE Rodeo team fares well at Ft. Hays State

DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern rodeo continued its strong push to the finish with a pair of event championships and seven short-go qualifiers on a busy weekend at the Fort Hays State Rodeo in Hays, Kan.As a team the men posted a fourth-place finish, while the women tallied a seventh-place showing.Individually, Ari-Anna Flynn took home the women’s all-around title for the second time this season after finishing seventh or better in barrel racing and breakaway.

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Merideth named Durant Superintendent

Durant School Board held a special meeting at noon Wednesday to appoint a new superintendent for the school district after the resignation of Dr. Jason Simeroth.With a unanimous vote by the board, Assistant Superintendent Duane Merideth was named the new Superintendent. Meredith has served on the school board for over 20 years and has served as Assistant Superintendent for fourteen years.Merideth said he is very thankful for the position. Read more in the Thursday editio...

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Court: Florida business gets no Oklahoma tax break

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Florida-based company cannot claim a capital gains tax break for its Oklahoma business, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.In a 5-4 decision, the state’s highest court ruled against CDR Systems Corporation, a now-defunct Florida-based company that had claimed the Oklahoma capital gains deduction on its 2008 income tax return for gains realized from a stock purchase agreement for the sale of all of its assets.The...

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Regents form Southeastern Presidential Search Committee

 DURANT– The Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma has formed a 19-member search committee as it seeks to fill the office of President at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the university said, in a news release.

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Durant soccer teams suffer Senior Night loss

DURANT — The Durant Lions hosted Cascia Hall on what turned out to be a Senior Night-mare. The Lady Lions fell 11-1 and the boys were edged 3-0 to mark the last game of the regular for the soccer teams.The Lady Lions ended the season with a 7-6 record and finished 2-5 in district play. As of April 21 the OSSAA had the Lady Lions ranked at No. 13. While the boys ended the season with a 5-8 record.The Lady Lions faced a high powered offense in Cascia Hall on Tuesday ...

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Local museum looks for golfers

The Three Valley Museum is still looking for teams to play in its inaugural History in the Making Golf Tournament slated for May 3.Museum Curator Nancy Farris said people have pledged to play, but not enough have actually signed up.Entry fee for this four-person scramble 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....

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Oklahoma sheriffs upset about loss of prisoners

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sheriffs from across the state gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to voice concern about the increasing number of state prisoners who are being removed from county jails and processed into the state prison system of public and private jails.The state’s new prison director, Robert Patton, announced earlier this month that he was working to alleviate the county jail backup, which had swelled to more than 1,900 inmates.Many o...

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Ada downs Durant 9-0

The Durant Lions were held scoreless on their home field by the Ada Cougars Tuesday afternoon.The Lions couldn’t push a runner beyond second base in seven tries in the 9-0 loss. Durant managed only two hits offensively and committed four errors defensively.Ada scored four in the second inning with several well-placed hits and left two on base. The Cougars added three in the fourth inning with the help of two errors and a hard-hit single up the middle. Again, two we...

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Tuesday readings:Durant -High: 79 Low: 57Rainfall - Precipitation 0.00- Month: 2.65- Year: 6.12Lake Levels:Current: 608.78Normal: 615.00Temp: 54

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SE Homecoming scheduled for October 24-25

DURANT – All alumni and friends of Southeastern Oklahoma State University are invited to celebrate Homecoming on Oct. 24-25, 2014.That means the entire weekend, October 24-25, will be filled with activities for Southeastern alumni, students, faculty and fans.The weekend will start off with the 28th-annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament. Alums will have the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and professors at reunions of academic departments and student gro...

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Severe weather forecast in the next few days

Possible severe weather is forecast later this week and Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management urges residents to be prepared. EM Director James Dalton said his office has spoken with Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist at the NWS office in Norman.

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Oklahoma faces budget crisis despite economic boom

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s oil patch is booming, its capital city is thriving and the unemployment rate is falling through the floor, testifying to the state’s roaring recovery from the recession.But even though revenue is pouring into the state treasury, the legislature is wrestling with a self-inflicted budget crisis that could prompt cuts to education, public safety and health care.The problem is that lawmakers over the last deca...

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