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Men kick up their heels to raise sexual abuse awareness

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The fourth annual Kick Up your Heels event kicked off at 8 a.m. Saturday with a 5K race and fun run.Following the run and awards, men from around Bryan County gathered to walk a block in high heels to raise awareness of sexual violence and show support for victims of such violence.Men really got in the spirit this year, wearing tan or black leggings to accompany their heels. Calera Fire Department ordered special kilts of purple to show support for victims.The wife of State Representative Dustin Robert said he had an all-out fashion show at his home Friday night to decide what heels he would wear to show his support.


Glitches prompt suspension of Oklahoma tests again

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s public schools superintendent suspended online testing across the state on Monday after middle and high school students systemwide experienced disruptions during high-stakes standardized tests for the second consecutive year.Superintendent Janet Barresi directed testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill to suspend testing after about 8,100 Oklahoma students experienced problems such as computers moving very slowly or freezing altoget...

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County Commissioners hold meeting

Bryan County Commissioners met Monday to discuss financial issues for the county jail, sheriff’s office and courthouse.Commissioners approved the sheriff’s office to advertise for bids for two newer police vehicles. The offer being considered currently is from the Missouri Highway Patrol.The offer includes two 2013 or newer Chevrolet Tahoes at approximately $19,000 each.Bids were opened for the camera system that will replace the cameras in the cou...

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Lady Storm takes weekend series agaist Southwestern

Southeastern’s LadyStorm softballers shut out Southwestern 8-0 in five innings in Saturday’s opener, but the Lady Bulldogs scored three with two out in the sixth and two with two out in the seventh for a comeback 5-3 victory in game two.The Storm took three of four from Southwestern and ran the season record to 32-14 overall and the Great American Conference mark to 25-10.SE coach Ron Faubion said, “We had opportunities in the second game and didn’...

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Chief Gregory E. Pyle to formally announce retirement

Choctaw Chief Gregory E. Pyle will announce his retirement during a celebration April 24 in honor of his 65th birthday.   Pyle’s career with the Choctaw Nation began on a tribal ranching board in the 1970s. He served 13 years as assistant chief and 17 years as chief. The Choctaw Nation has progressed consistently since Pyle took office in 1997. Growth in tribal revenue, jobs, services and cultural knowledge are among the goals that have been reached in ...

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Savage Storm tennis teams stubble in semifinals

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — After a marathon five-hour match in the Great American Conference Tournament semifinal, Southeastern men’s tennis team saw its bid for sweeping the regular season and postseason conference titles come to an end after being upset by Ouachita Baptist 5-4 in Bentonville, Ark.The loss drops the Savage Storm to 13-7 on the season and leaves the team waiting to learn of its potential NCAA tournament chances.Top-seeded SE came into the event afte...

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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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