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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...

 

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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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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