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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.


America’s Educator inspires SE students and educators

College students and educators gathered in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus to be inspired by a man who is dubbed “America’s Educator.”Ron Clark is the founder of the Ron Clark Academy, two-time New York Times bestselling-author and subject of a television movie.While Clark runs his academy during the school year, he travels the country inspiring educators during summer break.It is his teaching s...

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Bulldogs take down Tigers 5-4

CALERA — The Calera Bulldogs held on to clip the Tushka Tigers 5-4 Thursday afternoon.The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth, when Tushka four-hole Connor Brinkley sent a two-run shot over the right-field fence. Fielder Hunter Goodwyn made a valiant effort to at the wall, but it was gone. The home run was one of three hits in the inning, and the Tigers left one on base.

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Football season is nigh

As the regular football season nears, the Durant Lions and Caddo Bruins will play in their last scrimmages of the preseason tonight. The Lions will hit the road to play Broken Bow and Harrah at McAlester. The Bruins will host Ryan.

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U.S. rebukes Oklahoma for ditching school standards

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government on Thursday stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend $29 million in U.S. education funding because the state abandoned national academic standards known as Common Core, in a rebuke that a union official said could lead to teacher layoffs.The U.S. Department of Education said it was hitting Oklahoma with the sanction under the No Child Left Behind Act because the state could no longer demonstrate that its school standard...

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Choctaws partner with others in tribal repatriation and reburial

DURANT – Members of the Choctaw Nation recently journeyed to Mississippi to conduct a repatriation and reburial of an unknown Choctaw ancestor. The Choctaw Nation worked with, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to ensure possession as well as a protected burial for the individual.

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Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after the state’s prisons chief halted efforts to kill him, an autopsy report released Thursday says.Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton had said inmate Clayton Lockett died from a heart attack several minutes after he order...

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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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