Questions remain unanswered on Pointe Vista project at Lake Texoma A few questions have been answered about the lack of progress on a grand new resort to replace beloved old Lake Texoma State Park, including penalties in case of a default. However, a happy ending is still in doubt. The reason, of course, is almost no progress since an update at a public meeting in Kingston last October by Harry Birdwell, chief administrative officer of the Commissioners of Land Office. A recent prod by Gov. Mary Fallin ...
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City council elections to be held Tuesday Early voting continues Monday for city council elections in Achille, Bokchito, Caddo, Calera and Durant.
The Bryan County Election Board, 217 N. 16th Ave., will be open 8 am. until 6 p.m. for those who wish to cast their votes early.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the election.
In Durant, council seats are up for Wards 1 and 2. Jerry Tomlinson who currently serves as mayor for Ward 1, did not have an opponent. T...
Election board office is open for early voting Early voting started today for area city council elections.
The Bryan County Election Board, 217 N. 16th Ave., will be open until 6 p.m. today for registered voters who want to cast their votes early.
The office is also open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday to accomodate early voters.
Poll will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the election.
In Durant, council seats are up for Wards 1 and 2. Jerry Tomlinson who currently ser...
Inside Okla. clinic, a ‘menace’ to public health
TULSA (AP) — The crisp, stucco exterior of an Oklahoma dental clinic concealed what health inspectors say they found inside: rusty instruments used on patients with infectious diseases and a pattern of unsanitary practices that put thousands of people at risk for hepatitis and the virus that causes AIDS.
State and local health officials planned to mail notices Friday urging 7,000 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington to seek medical scree...
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Audit shows OSBI used state time for nonprofits
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Employees at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation used state resources and time to raise money for two nonprofits associated with the agency, including an employee’s association that spent nearly $10,000 to take 11 employees on a cruise, according to a state audit released Thursday.
A copy of the audit will be forwarded to the attorney general’s office to decide if further investigation is warranted, State Aud...
Several charged with drug crimes Several people have been arrested and charged with drug crimes following searches of residences in Durant and Colbert by Durant Police and the Bryan County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force.
Collin Hunter Beshear, 20, and Travis James Valtman, 20, both of Durant, were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
These charges were filed in connection with the recent search of a High Meadows Apartment by officers with ...
Jail keeps funding but commissioner chair to step down A meeting between Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden and Bryan County Commissioners Monty Montgomery, Tony Simmons and Jay Perry, left some tension with one commissioner who said that the board did not make good on promises made to the county.
Commissioner Monty Montgomery announced that he will be stepping down as chair of the board during the regular County Commissioners meeting on Monday, April 1.
This decision is following a two-to-one v...
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Gun control backers struggle to win some Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) — It would seem a lobbyist’s dream: rounding up votes for a proposal backed by more than 8 in 10 people in polls. Yet, gun control supporters are struggling to win over moderate Democrats in their drive to push expanded background checks for firearms purchasers through the Senate next month.
Backed by a $12 million TV advertising campaign financed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, gun control groups scheduled rallies ...
Budget panel OKs new Oklahoma teacher-bonus plan
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to tie bonus pay to a new teacher evaluation program cleared a House committee on Wednesday despite concern the proposal will replace a separate incentive for teachers who receive National Board Certification.
The House Appropriations Committee voted 13-10 for the bill to provide a $1,000 bonus for “superior” rated teachers under the new Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Evaluation System, or TLE. Tea...
OSBI investigating threats to Okla. legislator
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into threats made against a state representative who authored a bill to allow the slaughter of horses in Oklahoma.
The OSBI confirmed Wednesday it’s investigating threats targeting Republican Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow.
McNiel says the threats have been troubling but says she refuses to “play into their hands.” She says she has turned over emails, Facebook mes...
Oklahoma House Dems attack proposed education changes
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Proposed changes in the Oklahoma Department of Education’s rules certainly look alarming, apparently revoking standards for every subject, be it high school art or first-grade history.
The department told The Associated Press on Wednesday that looks were deceiving and the changes a harmless, bureaucratic quirk, but members of the House vehemently condemned the proposed changes during a press conference at the Capito...
Moran Woodwind Quartet to be held April 2 Musical Arts Series concludes with
DURANT – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Moran Woodwind Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.
This will be the final event of the 2012-13 season. It is free of charge and open to the public. The quintet will also perform that afternoon at a local school.
The Musical Arts Series is sponsored by Southeastern, the Red River Ar...
SE Theatre to present Escape from Kerfuffle Castle Theatre at Southeastern and the American Association of University Women is excited to present Escape from Kerfuffle Castle on April 11 at 7:30 pm in Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s historic Montgomery Auditorium.
An original children’s theatre piece written by SOSU Chair of Art, Communication and Theatre Dell McLain, Kerfuffle Castle tells the story of an English prep school on the verge of bankruptcy. Now, the students must solve...
Local school districts receive ACE Award Four Bryan County school districts went on Spring Break with pride this year. These districts received a new academic award given in Oklahoma.
Achille, Boswell, Colbert and Rock Creek School Districts were four of 188 districts in Oklahoma to receive the Governor’s Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) Award that was given out on March 4.
This award is given to schools whose 2012 graduating class met all graduation requirements including p...
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Ex-Okla. lawmaker seeks to dismiss bribery charge
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former state senator charged with felony bribery has asked a judge to dismiss the case, arguing that lawmakers are granted immunity from prosecution for official actions by the Oklahoma Constitution.
Former Democratic Sen. Debbe Leftwich is accused of scheming with former Republican Rep. Randy Terrill to get set up with an $80,000-a-year job at the state Medical Examiner’s Office so another Republican could run fo...