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Elvis visits Durant

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The Durant Main Street Program is raising awareness and donations for Alzheimer’s Disease with help from the king of rock and roll.Durant Main Street and the Sterling House have partnered to bring “Elvis” to Durant this week.A cardboard version of The King will be traveling throughout the Main Street stores this week encouraging citizens to shop locally and make donations for Alzheimer’s research at the Durant Main Street office.Citizens can stop by any three Main Street stores to pick up an Elvis punch card and have it punched. An extra punch is awarded if Elvis is in the store at the time.These cards enter the cardholder in a raffle for an Elvis Package Giveaway at the end of the week.


Authorities search for man in Cartwright

A manhunt began in the Cartwright area early Wednesday evening when a man driving a pickup hit a Denison, Texas, police officer with the truck and then led him on a chase.The suspect bailed out on foot in Cartwright and officers from several agencies searched for him throughout the evening. Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden said the search was called off at 10 p.m. Wednesday.According to Golden, Denison authorities expect the man eventually will go back home. The incident ...

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Choctaw Defense responds to changing times

McALESTER – Choctaw Defense is expanding its capabilities by seeking and fulfilling contracts for engineering, building and remodeling structures.As the U.S. war machine slowly returns home following a decade of action in the Middle East, support service providers such as Choctaw Defense are diversifying their portfolios to include civilian enterprises.“You’ve got to be entrepreneurial,” said Stephen Benefield, President and CEO of Choctaw Defense...

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Storm watcher alert

Southeastern football’s opening kickoff is nine days away, September 6, with a 6 p.m. start against Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.The first home football game comes up seven days later at home against the University of Arkansas-Monticello with another 6 p.m. start.Volleyball begins on September 5 in the Lady Reddie Classic in Arkadelphia.The first home volleyball match is September 9 with a 7 p.m. start against Southwestern.Ain̵...

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Lake Texoma announces winter campground operations

TULSA - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District announces winter campground operations for Lake Texoma to take effect Oct. 1.These seasonal closures align with the Corps of Engineers’ efforts to manage recreation resources efficiently while minimizing negative impacts to visitors.Designated campsites will provide electrical service and a potable water source centrally located at the campground. Winter camping rate is $12 per night, and half price for Golde...

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Sherrill family donates a pair of AEDs to the department.

DURANT – Southeastern Athletics was recently the recipient of two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) which have been provided through proceeds from Colton’s Main Street Run.The two additional AED devices brings SE’s total in the athletic department to eight which provide coverage for every set facility along with the flexibility to cover events not tied to a specific venue.“We are very appreciative of this donation from the Sherrill family,&...

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Governor Fallin to attend Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is scheduled to attend the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival on Friday evening at Tuskahoma. She will be participating in several events including:• 6:15 .pm. – The unveiling of “Honoring the Giver of Life” statue in front of the Choctaw Nation Capitol/Museum• 7 p.m. – Grand Entry of Inter Tribal Pow Wow on the Capitol lawn

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State Education Board creates standards committee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Education created a steering committee Wednesday to develop the process for replacing Common Core education standards for English and math instruction in the state’s public schools.Board members stressed it is merely an interim step toward creating the new standards in the wake of the Legislature in June repealing Common Core standards, which were scheduled to take full effect in the current school year.“The co...

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Man injured in motorcycle and car crash

A motorcycle rider was flown to a Texas hospital Tuesday after breaking a leg during an accident involving a car.The Durant Police Department, Durant Fire Department and Bryan County EMS were dispatched at 6:44 to the West Evergreen and North 12th Avenue intersection after someone called and said a motorcycle was hit by a car.Police at the scene said the man on the cycle suffered a broken leg due to the accident. He was transported by Bryan County EMS to the helicopter p...

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Colbert makes comeback to defeat Caddo 7-4

CADDO — The Colbert Leopards rallied late to overtake the hosting Caddo Lady Bruins Tuesday afternoon.Caddo posted a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Carrie Henson and Charlsie Grace hit RBI singles to account for the points.Colbert got a run across the plate in the top of the third to cut it to 2-1. Kristen Brigman dropped one behind the pitcher that couldn’t get picked up by the fielder, then Jordan Weger drew a walk. Makayla Pierce hustled down the li...

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Durant cross country teams clean up at Haworth Invitational

Durant’s high school and middle school cross country teams cleaned up with top awards at the season-opening Haworth Invitational held at Idabel Country Club on Monday.The varsity boys, varsity girls and junior high boys squad all captured first place honors while the middle school girls team finished second.Alberto Vasquez took top medal honors with a time of 15:04, leading the Lions to the overall title.Alfredo Osorio placed fifth in 16:02, Jose Vazquez...

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Lewis hits 3 home runs in win over McAlester

DURANT - The Lady Lions power hitter Destinee Lewis had a performance for the ages, hitting three home runs against McAlester on Tuesday and led her team to a 17-0 win in the district match-up.Lewis was perfect at the plate going 4-for-4, 3 HRs with 6 RBIs. Her teammate Macy Powell also showed her power when she hit a home run in the second inning.The Lady Lions jumped all over McAlester pitching as the barrage of runs began in the first inning.Sydney Hampton ...

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Rock Creek School transportation bond election fails

Rock Creek Public Schools’ first bond issue in several years was less than successful at the polls yesterday.The bond election for Rock Creek Schools to fund the purchase of buses and other vehicles did not pass during an election held Tuesday.It received 54.2 percent, 166 votes for it, compared to 45.8 percent, 140 votes opposed. Even though it received more than 50 percent of votes for it, bond elections require a 60-percent “super majority.”...

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Durant Fire Department responds to fires

The Durant Fire Department has put out several grass and rubbish fires.Firefighters went at 7:59 p.m. Monday to West Georgia Street and South Second Avenue after someone called to report possible illegal burning.When firefighters arrived five minutes later, they found a large pile of household rubbish on fire. They put out the fire and then told the occupant a permit was required for burning.Firefighters were dispatched at 5:55 p.m. Sunday to Cale Switch and O...

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Traffic checkpoints to be held

As part of statewide ramped-up enforcement efforts for the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and numerous law enforcement agencies, including Bryan county Sheriff’s office, Durant Police Department, Caddo Police Department and Calera Police Department, will be operating a special enforcement patrol along with impaired driving and safety checkpoints on Friday, Aug.29 from 7 p.m. to [Saturday, Aug. 30 until 4:01 a.m.

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Cox wins Democratic schools chief nomination

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Longtime educator John Cox has won the Democratic Party’s nomination to be Oklahoma’s next superintendent of schools.Cox has worked in education for 30 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. In voting Tuesday, he defeated teacher Freda Deskin to win the nomination and will face Republican Joy Hofmeister in November. Hofmeister defeated incumbent Janet Barresi in the June GOP primary.Both Cox and Deskin had said Oklahoma v...

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Johnson wins Okla. Senate runoff, to meet Lankford

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Sen. Connie Johnson won the Democratic primary runoff election for an open U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, and will face Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the Nov. 4 general election.Johnson, of Oklahoma City, beat perennial candidate Jim Rogers of Midwest City in a race in which she campaigned on several social and civil liberties issues, including the legalization of marijuana and reform of Oklahoma’s criminal justice system.Johnso...

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Brecheen announces state senate reelection bid

Josh Brecheen, a Coal County rancher and the current State Senator for District 6, has officially announced his decision to seek re-election.“Following a strenuous legislative session and my work after session that ensured a full and upheld repeal of common core, my wife and I felt led to focus on our family during the middle/latter part of summer,” said Brecheen. “I am now officially announcing our prayerfully made decision to seek re-election to the Oklahoma Sta...

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