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Durant Democrat reporter joins Bryan County locals in Ice Bucket Challenge

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Have you heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge sweeping the nation? Well, it’s sweeping Bryan County.Groups such as the Boys and Girls Club, Bryan County EMS and Calera Fire Department and local businesses have taken the challenge to raise awareness and funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.Your friendly neighborhood reporter has also been called out to take the challenge, but I want to see how much freezing me is worth to Durant.I will take the challenge and accept a bucket of ice water over my head, but you get to decide who pours it on me.

 

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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Rock Creek School transportation bond election fails

A bond election for Rock Creek Schools to fund the purchase of buses and other vehicles did not pass during an election held Tuesday.According to unofficial election returns from the Oklahoma State Election Board, 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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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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DMS softballers take title at Tishomingo Tournament

Durant’s middle school red team improved to 6-0 on the young softball season with a dominating run to the Tishomingo Tournament championship on Saturday.The Lady Lions roared past Sulphur, 8-1, in the semifinals before blasting Atoka, 14-1, for the title. For the tournament, Durant outscored it’s three opponents by a whopping 40-2 margin.In Saturday’s opener, Durant broke open a tight game with a six-run explosion in the second inning. Kristin Scott wor...

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Five inducted into SE’s Hall of Fame Saturday

DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern oficially inducted the five newest members of its Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, when Drew Beard, Anthony Bruner, Dr. Edward Byrd, Olivia Franceskini and Bob Ledbetter were presented at a banquet in their honor.The addition of these five standouts will bring the Hall of Fame’s total number of inductees to 77 as the class becomes the 19th induction class to enter the Hall since its inception in 1977.“This class is a gr...

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Scorpions take 11-7 win over Rock Creek

BOKCHITO — The Boswell Scorpions claimed an 11-7 win over the hosting Rock Creek Mustangs in a baseball match-up Monday afternoon.Rock Creek put up a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Garrett Mitchell led off the frame with a hard-hit single up the middle. Nash Hestily knocked him in on a one-bagger through to right field. Hestily advanced on a ground out by Davis Rogers, then scored on a fielding error on contact by Austin McCann. Brock Allen hit a single out of t...

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Choctaw Nation displays local artist

The Choctaw Welcome Center hosted a Meet the Artist event Saturday, Aug. 23 to show off the talents of Theresa Prough.Prough makes makes several types of artwork such as woven baskets, ceramics, bead work and leather work.She said she has been making such things most of her life.“My grandmother would sit on the front porch and I would stand there and watch. I guess that where my love for bead work and stuff came from,” said Prough.She sa...

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Polls open today for Democratic primaries and Rock Creek bond elections

Polls will be open until 7 p.m. today for the Democratic primary runoff and a Rock Creek Schools bond election.Democrats are picking a nominee to run against Republican U.S. Senate candidate James Lankford. State Sen. Connie Johnson, of Oklahoma City, and perennial candidate Jim Rogers, of Midwest City are seeking the U.S. Senate seat that came open when Tom Coburn said he would not complete a term set to expire in 2016.Also on the ballot is a Democratic primary between ...

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School officials talk about promotion, curriculum standards

Of Durant School District’s 266 third-graders, 25 failed the recent statewide end-of-semester reading test. Under a new law, they faced the possibility of not being promoted.However, 13 were given a probationary promotion, and the other 12, who were exempt from retention because of learning disabilities or limited experience with the English language, also moved on to the fourth grade.All 25 will receive intensive reading instruction and be monitored throughout a s...

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New organization seeks to restore Durant homes

After seeing many homes in Durant that were condemned or had stickers placed on them to warn the owners to bring them up to code, Terri Weir and husband Skip formed the Durant Restore and Preserve Association to assist homeowners.Mrs. Weir said she felt compelled to offer assistance to those whose homes were in danger of being condemned, or worse, demolished. A board of directors was formed and the organization is seeking donations and volunteers.

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Assistant D.A. bids farewell to Bryan County

Durant judicial and legal professionals hosted a party Thursday to say farewell to one of their own.Assistant District Attorney Julie Naifeh is leaving Durant. She will be moving to Charlotte, N.C., with her husband, who recently received a career opportunity there.Naifeh said she is ready for this new experience, but no matter where she goes, Bryan County will always be home to her.She said she is in the process of obtaining her North Carolina law license and...

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DMS softball beat Marietta, 18-0

Durant Middle School’s softball red team exploded for 11 runs in the first inning and never looked back in an 18-0 win over Marietta in the opening round of the Tishomingo Tournament on Thursday.The red squad is now 4-0 on the young season.The Lady Lions totaled 14 hits in the contest and took advantage of seven Marietta errors in the victory.Tristyn Hamilton led the offensive barrage with three hits while Randi McLarry and Alexus Gibson added two each. ...

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Damon Jackson gets early call to UFC

Durant native Damon Jackson who recently won the Legacy FC featherweight championship is now being called to fight in the UFC.The catch is, Jackson will have only nine days to get ready for his UFC debut.Jackson received a call on Thursday to replace a injured fighter, Justin Edwards. Jackson’s opponent will be Yancy Medeiros and will fight at UFC 177 on Aug. 30, 2014 in Sacramento, CA.Jackson remains undefeated with a 9-0 record after he beat Leonard Ga...

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Durant Lions

The Durant Lions held it’s first scrimmage of the new season against Prime Prep, a team that is founded by former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders. Sanders is also the head coach.The scrimmage began at 6 p.m. at Paul Laird Field and ended around 8 p.m. Each team took turns with allotted amount of offensive plays to score. If a team didn’t score in the amount of plays given, then the other offense took over.Then the scrimmage ended with one 12 minute quarter of liv...

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Oklahoma Capitol repair bonds authorization begins

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A century after ground was broken for Oklahoma’s Capitol building, state officials are beginning the process of securing the funds for repairs to the structure’s crumbling exterior and outdated interior.Legislation that authorized a 10-year, $120 million bond issue for Capitol repairs and improvements went into effect on Friday, 90 days after it was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. And authorities plan to move quickly to launch the most cr...

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Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund to present multiple scholarships

It has been six years since Colton Sherrill, a shy but caring 10-year-old boy, died of congenital heart disease. But his spirit lives strong through the Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund, the foundation created in his honor by his family.The key purpose of the Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund is to provide training and life-saving devices to Bryan County schools and organizations as well as increase educational opportunities for college students.

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