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Competency hearing for murder suspect postponed

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A competency hearing for a man charged with first-degree murder has been rescheduled.Mark Anthony Neal, 22, Durant, was charged July 30 for the murder of Frank Wendell Owens II, 22, Bokchito. According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Neal shot Owens in the head with a .17-caliber rifle. He also is charged with third-degree arson for the burning of a pickup driven by the victim.Neal was originally scheduled for a competency hearing Thursday, however, Neal’s attorney, D. Michael Haggerty II, requested it be postponed to allow him to obtain an expert on competency.Special Associate District Judge Trace Sherrill agreed and set Oct. 23 as the new date.


Durant competes at Silo Cross Country Invitational

A second-place team finish by the Durant Lady Lions topped another solid showing in the Silo Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday at Fort Washita.Durant High School girls ended with 49 points, falling just three points shy of meet champ Marietta.Madelynn Coffey was the Durant catalyst with a third-place time of 13:20, and Morgan Williamson wrapped up in seventh at 14:12. Shantyle Ned claimed 18th (14:53), Cassie Bisson was 20th (15:00), Ashleigh Ned checked in at 21st (...

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High school teacher fired for lack of degree

A history teacher who also served as an assistant coach for football and track coach was officially dismissed from Durant Independent School District Thursday evening on the grounds of willful neglect of duties.Thomas “Todd” Anthony has not met the requirement set forth by school policy that states each teacher must obtain a master’s degree within seven years of employment.Anthony hit the seven-year mark Aug. 8 and lacks three credit hours to obtain the...

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SE students earn points for attending events

Southeastern Oklahoma State University has found a new way to get students involved. From sporting events to celebrations, students can now get rewarded for attending SE events.The program is called Savage Storm Spotters and has students checking in at events to gain “spots” points. The program is geared to get students involved in multiple aspects of college life.“The program is a partnership between Student Affairs, Student Life, Residence Life, Music...

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Garrett Luke Schulze graduates from combat school

Nineteen-year-old Navy Master-At-Arms Petty Officer 3rd Class Garrett Luke Schulze recently graduated from Expeditionary Combat Skills School in Gulfport, Miss., and Embarked Security Combat Skills School in Norfolk/Portsmouth, Virginia.Schulze arrived in Bahrain (Persian Gulf) in March and is assigned to Coastal Riverine Group 2 Detachment Bahrain of the Coastal Riverine Force, an arm of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC).CRG-2 Detachment Bahrain is a permanen...

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Theatre At Southeastern presents ‘Sense and Sensibility’

Theatre at Southeastern is proud to present “Sense and Sensibility,” by Jane Austen, on Thursday, Sept. 25, through Saturday, Sept. 27 in historic Montgomery Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus.“Sense and Sensibility,” is adapted from Jane Austen’s classic novel, “Sense and Sensibility.” Sensible Elinor is charmed by the goodness of Edwards, while passionate Marianne is swept off of her feet by the d...

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Report cards for Bryan County schools released

DurantWashington Irving A-Robert E. Lee A-Northwest Heights AIntermediate School CMiddle School B+High School A-AchilleGrades Pre-K-8th C-High School A-BenningtonGrades Pre-K-8th B+High School BCaddoGrades Pre-K-8th B-High School C+Calera...

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Caddo Bruins looking for first win against Canadian Cougars

Caddo’s second district football game will be on the road Friday against the Canadian Cougars. The Bruins will make the 95-mile trip to the town north of McAlester for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.The Oklahoman District B-4 preseason poll put Caddo in fourth and Canadian down in ninth.There are some similarities in the teams. Both are getting back to eight-man football after competing for two seasons in Class A 11-man. Caddo has four seniors on its roster, and Cana...

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Storm football on CBS Sports Net tonight

Who would have thought fans would be in danger of whiplash or at least a crick in the neck Saturday night at Paul Laird Field?And that was just keeping up with scoring changes.Coach Bo Atterberry’s Savage Storm footballers opened the home schedule with a win against Arkansas-Monticello. If you just heard a score now and then, you could be excused for thinking it was preseason basketball.How many of you have seen or even heard of two games in a row decide...

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Durant travels to play rival Ada Cougars

The Durant Lions (0-2) will hit the road Friday to play another rival team, the Ada Cougars.The Cougars (1-1) are coming off a 37-2 win over Madill last week. The Ada defense held Madill to a slim total of 99 yards of offense. While Ada’s offense put up 466 yards of total offense.It’s been a long time since Durant has gotten a win against the Cougars. If Durant can leave Ada with a win, “it will be the first time since 1985, when I was sophomore in high...

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Hearing set for man charged with pharmacy robbery

A preliminary hearing has been set for a Durant man accused of robbing a Calera pharmacy.A conference was conducted Wednesday for Bobby Gene Brewer II, 42, who is charged with first-degree robbery and endangering others while eluding police. His preliminary hearing, used to determine if there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial, was set for Oct. 29.Brewer was charged in August after authorities said he led Calera Police Chief Don Hyde on a chase that ended in ...

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Oklahoma releases A-F report cards for schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An increasing number of Oklahoma’s public schools received a D or an F grade on annual report cards released Wednesday by the state Department of Education that have been fiercely criticized by superintendents and the state’s largest education union.The State Board of Education gave final approval to the letter grades, which will be posted to the department’s website.

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Education Department releases A-F school grades

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education on Wednesday released A-F report cards for every public school site and district in the state amid opposition from some superintendents and teacher groups who say the way the grades are calculated are faulty.Here is some background on the grading system:___Q: What is the A-F grading system?

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SOS to sing at Calera First Baptist Church

SOS, a group from Calvary Baptist Church will be singing at at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at the First Baptist Church of Calera. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the group.SOS, “Serving Our Savior,” is a group composed nine women who seek to glorify the lord through the singing of gospel, traditional and beautiful arrangements of the old well loved hymns. The performances also offer the ladies an opportunity to share scripture and personal thoughts.The grou...

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Southeastern volleyball rallies but falls 3-2 at CU

LAWTON, Okla. - For the second time in a week, Southeastern rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to tie the match, but was unable to complete the comeback in a 3-2 loss at Cameron on Tuesday night in Lawton, Okla.The Savage Storm slips to 4-6 on the season heading into a Thursday night matchup against Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. in Oklahoma City, Okla.SE was paced by Julia Benford who turned in a career night, shattering her previous career high by turning in 21 kills and hitti...

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Special Olympics Athletes

Special Olympics Athletes of the Game for Friday night’s Durant High football contest were Montana Smith, a freshman at DHS, and Colt Wright, who is currently a junior at Durant High School.

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Rankings: Lady Mustangs still No. 1, Rebels hold at No. 4

The Rock Creek Lady Mustangs remain the state’s top Class A fast-pitch team, according to the third week of Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association rankings. The Silo Rebels baseball team also stayed stationary, at No. 4 in Class A, where the Calera Bulldogs narrowed the gap in climbing to No. 8.BaseballThe Silo Rebels are still at No. 4 in Class A. But they’re now 43 points behind the Byng Pirates, who the Rebels have now beaten tw...

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Silo makes late rally to beat Byng

SILO — The No. 4 Silo Rebels hosted the No. 3 Byng Pirates Tuesday afternoon, and the game seemed more of a battle than the 7-4 final. The Rebels claimed the victory, scoring all their runs in the bottom of the sixth.Silo left two on base in the first, fourth and fifth innings and bases loaded in the second. The Pirates stranded their share too, stuffing the bags in the fourth with one out, only to go down and out on the next two batters.

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