Blue tops White in Southeastern scrimmage

DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern’s Blue team bookended Thursday night’s scrimmage with a total of four scoring drives, while the White team made five straight stops on defense and forced a turnover in between, but when the dust settled blue came out on top 28-24.The teams were divided by offense and defense, with the Blue team comprised of the offensive players and the White made up of the defense.Due to the arrangement, the game featured some modified scoring, w...

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SE’s Lady Storm sweeps ECU in GAC games

ADA, Okla. – Southeastern’s Lady Storm softballers ended a long afternoon with a 13-7, 9-4 sweep of East Central’s Lady Tigers Wednesday in a game delayed a day by a wet field.Connor Harmon, a 5-6 freshman catcher from Turner, applied the exclamation point with her second home run of the year, a solo shot with two out in the top of the seventh in game two.To add insult to injury, with two outs and two on base in the bottom of the seventh, Miss Harmon pi...

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Durant Area Sports Calendar

Thursday, April 10HS Softball: Coleman TournamentHS Softball: Boswell at Battiest Tournament1 p.m. - HS Baseball: Coleman vs. Wapanucka (Coleman Tournament)1:10 p.m. - HS Softball: Caddo vs. Tupelo (Coleman Tournament)2 p.m. - NJCAA Softball: Connors State at Murray State2 p.m. - NCAA Tennis: SE at ECU2:30 p.m. - HS Softball: Bennington vs. Stringtown (Coleman Tournament)3 p.m. - HS Baseba...

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SE Football hosts pair of scrimmages

Southeastern Oklahoma State University fans will have two opportunities to check out the Savage Storm football team this spring at Paul Laird Field. The first coincides with SE Student Night at 7 p.m. today, and the second is slated for 9:30 a.m. April 12 for Friends and Family Day.The scrimmages will feature a Blue vs. White format and will give fans the opportunity for a peek into the 2014 football season, the first under new head coach Bo Atterberry.Both games are fre...

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Firefighters respond to building and Dumpster fires

The Durant Fire Department put out separate fires in the same area Wednesday evening.Firefighters responded at 7:39 to fires in the 1200 block of North Washington Avenue. According to a fire department report, there was a fire in a Dumpster behind Nichols Dollar Saver and also a mattress was on fire behind Nichols Feed Store.Firefighters put out the fires and left the scene at 8:11 p.m. A cause of the fires was not disclosed.Area volunteer firefighters were di...

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Tragic truths can be positive scare tactics

Dylan Giguere and Jonathan Kinsey were virtually inseparable friends who considered one another a brother. Dylan said they met in second grade when Jon sat behind him and class — and threw up on his back. An experience of that sort tends to create either a strong bond or flat-out repugnance.They played sports together, went fishing and mudding together, and got into whatever mischief they found together to earn the distinction of hellions from their wrestling coach, according...

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Candidate harmony dominates democratic superintendent debate

Three Democratic candidates for the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction were welcomed Monday evening by a full house of concerned Bryan County residents at the First Texoma National Bank Main Street Conference Room. Joining in discussion and debate about the state of public education in Oklahoma were Dr. John Cox, Dr. Jack Herron, and Dr. Ivan Holmes. The fourth Democrat seeking the nomination, Dr. Freda Deskin, in a last-minute cancellation, was represented by ...

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Police investigate thefts

Durant police officers have investigated burglaries and thefts recently, according to reports released by the department.Jimmy Dale Levins told Patrolman Josh Williams that his car in the 700 block of North 14th Avenue was burglarized and $300 worth of Lowe’s gift cards were stolen.Master Police Officer Shane Walker investigated a burglary in the 2200 block of West University Boulevard. Alexander King said sunglasses and a wallet had been stolen out of his vehicle....

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House panel passes $160M Capitol bond bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to authorize a $160 million bond issue to repair Oklahoma’s nearly 100-year-old state Capitol moved closer to final passage Wednesday when it was approved by the powerful House Appropriations and Budget Committee.Committee members voted 16-8 for the Senate-passed measure and sent it to the full House for a vote in spite of resistance from some members over whether a bond issue is the best way to pay for the project....

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Calera students win at state contest

Bryce Thralls and Ashlyn Cooper from the Bryan Conservation District took top honors in the recent Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) State Speech Contest.Bryce Thralls took 1st place in Division I and Ashlyn Cooper took 4th place in Division II. Bryce and Alyson competed in the district and area contest before advancing to the state finals. They both attend Calera School.

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Calera sets fees for use of softball fields

Calera Council voted to begin charging for use of its softball fields for tournaments.The council convened Tuesday for its regular meeting, and after discussion, set the fee at $50. Plus, the user must leave a copy of a credit card to be used for deposit.In other action, Police Chief Don Hyde presented his monthly report to the council. He said the drop box for old prescription pills that was recently given to the department by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is almost ...

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Candidates begin filing for Oklahoma elections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some of Oklahoma’s most powerful politicians were among hundreds of hopefuls who filed paperwork Wednesday to have their names placed on the 2014 ballot, during the first day of filing for more than 300 elective positions up for grabs in the state.The three-day filing period began at 8 a.m., and 419 candidates filed paperwork by the end of the day. Both of Oklahoma’s U.S. Senate seats, all five congressional seats, and statewid...

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City Council approves new equipment for city departments

Durant City Council began Tuesday with a vacant seat where Leon Sherrer’s name plate remained.Sherrer died last month at the age of 94. He served two terms on city council in the 1960s, including as mayor, and was elected to the council again in 2003.“We may have an empty seat, but we still have Mr. Sherrer here in spirit,” said Mayor Jerry Tomlinson before beginning the evening’s business.When contacted this morning, Tomlinson said the...

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Durant featured in national magazine

One topic of discussion at the regular meeting of the Durant Industrial Authority Tuesday was the presence of Durant in a national magazine.The economic development magazine “Site Selection” recently featured Durant in its list of top micropolitans by number of industrial projects. A micropolitan is an urban area with a population of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000.This list was featured in the March 2014 edition of the publication and based on the numbe...

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Bryan Country teams top Class 2A rankings

There were no major changes in the high school baseball rankings this week as teams enter the home stretch before playoffs later this month.Bryan County Conference teams now occupy four of the top five spots in Class 2A according to ossaarankings.com statistics released on Monday. Silo (15-1) is still No. 1 with rival Dale (14-2) right behind them.Tushka (16-2) remains at third and Calera (17-1) fourth while Colbert (15-7) jumped back into the top five this week....

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Durant boys’ soccer falls in OT thriller to Tulsa Edison Eagles

DURANT - The Durant Lions hosted the Tulsa Edison Eagles on Tuesday night in more district play. However, the Lions came out on the short end. The Lady Lions lost 2-0 and the boys fell 2-1 in double overtime.Boys game:The Durant boys game stole the spotlight. Not only did the game go into double overtime, but the Tulsa Edison Eagles players and coaches — that’s right, coaches — put on a show of disrespect.It was a tough, phys...

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Choctaw Nation celebrates children

Early childhood development always has been a focus for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and will continue to be, according to Assistant Chief Gary Batton.To spotlight the tribe’s commitment to the cause, Chief Greg Pyle declared April 8, 2014, as the Choctaw “Day of the Young Child,” coinciding with National Week of the Child.“Our heritage has long valued the importance of raising children to respect others, work hard and strive to achieve their dr...

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