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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.


Reader writes about Christians, Muslims, and Rep. Bennett

Oklahoma State lawmaker John Bennett stands behind his anti-Muslim comments. Really, Mr. Bennett? Do you know any Muslims?Over the past two decades, American Muslims have been my neighbors, colleagues, and friends. I have found them to be more dedicated to American ideals of freedom and tolerance than many of my Christian friends.This must not be so. As a Christian, I learned to love my neighbor as myself. Based on this philosophy, I gave them a chance and was richly rew...

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Southeastern to honor three distinguished alumni

Southeastern Oklahoma State University will honor three Distinguished Alumni during Homecoming activities Oct. 24-25.The Distinguished Awards Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.This year’s honorees are Dr. Jesse Arnold, Josephine Wildcat Bigler, and Dr. David Whitlock.Dr. Jesse Arnold (‘60) is a Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech University. He served as department head for the Department o...

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Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women inducts Holly Gerard into Oklahoma’s First Ladies

Holly Gerard became the first woman selected from the far southeast region of the state for induction into Oklahoma’s First Ladies, one of 30 women inducted from among the ranks of the membership of Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women.She is a member of the Red State Republican Women chapter, is Vice Chair of the Bryan County GOP, and serves on the OKGOP State Executive Committee. Other members of the 2014 class include Cindy Lankford, wife of Congressman and now U.S. Sen...

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Dan and Ruth Russell of Durant celebrated their 60th wedding anniverary Sept. 12 in Galveston, Texas, where they spent their honeymoon 60 years ago. They were married on Sept. 12, 1954. They have many nieces and nephews.

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Deadline nears for Miss Southeast Oklahoma Pageant

DURANT — The date for the Miss Southeast Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant has been set for Nov. 2 at Montgomery Auditorium on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. Presenting community sponsor, RNR Cross Family Foundation is proud to be a part of a system that places emphases on education and scholarship assistance in southeast Oklahoma. The deadline to enter is Oct. 16.

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Districts in the coming week for fast-pitch softball teams

Fast-pitch softball teams now know who they will face for Districts in the coming week. Pairings have been released by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. The double-elimination playoffs opener should be wrapped up no later than Sept. 27.Class 2ADistrict 26: Tushka (No. 12, 21-11) and Calera (15-11) will tangle on the Lady Tigers’ field. These teams have met only once this season with Tushka taking an 8-0 win Sept. 8 at home. Tus...

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Rock Creek beats Colbert

BLUE — The Lady Mustangs mounted a 9-0 win against the Colbert Lady Leopards Friday afternoon.Colbert struggled to execute on several opportunities and committed four errors in the game, which contributed heavily to the final result of a run rule after four and one-half innings. Both teams finished with four hits, and Rock Creek was credited with two defensive miscues.Colbert’s Jordan Weger opened the game with a double that got through to left and hooked acr...

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Rough night in Ada

ADA — The Durant Lions fell to 0-3 on the season after a devastating 42-6 loss to the Ada Cougars Friday night.Last week, Ada’s defense held Madill to a mere 99 yards of total offense. On Friday, Ada held Durant’s offense to a slim 110 yards of total offense. The Cougars offense had its way and rolled up 310 yards.Durant’s running attack was put in check, totaling 63 yards. Jakob Bradford rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries, Layton Tubbs had 20 yard...

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District pairings announced: Baseball playoffs to begin Thursday

District pairings have been announced for fall baseball. This opening round of the playoffs is double elimination and must be completed no later than Sept. 27, according to Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association rules.Class ADistrict 3: Silo (No. 4, 21-4) will host Colbert and Achille. Action will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday with Colbert and Achille. The loser will take on Silo at around 4 p.m. and the winner around 6.

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Jury term begins Monday

The September/October jury term begins Monday with a trial for a man accused of setting fire to a house and eluding police.James Doyle Starlin, 25, Atoka, was charged March 26 with first-degree arson, endangering others while eluding police and possession of methamphetamine.Starlin and Bradley Don Crowell, 38, Kenefic, are accused of of pouring gasoline on a house on Indian Road off Sawmill Road, then setting it on fire while Tobie Airington and Dezaray Donelan were insi...

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State judge dismisses Ten Commandments lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol does not violate the state constitution and can stay there, an Oklahoma County judge said Friday in a ruling that attorneys who filed the lawsuit vowed to appeal to the state Supreme Court.District Judge Thomas Prince granted a motion filed on behalf of the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission to block the lawsuit from going to trial.

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Local couple celebrates 50 years

Dennis and Gayle Hall celebrated 50 years of marriage on Sept. 6, 2014, at an elegant party hosted by their children at the Massey Building in Durant.More than 150 of their closest family and friends were in attendance. Guests enjoyed a buffet luncheon catered by Dining Around, anniversary cake, music from Mark Webb, photographs and stories shared of the couple’s life together, and a surprise performance by Sonny and Cher during the golden celebration that was coordinated by ...

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Calera blanks Colbert, 4-0

COLBERT — The Calera Bulldogs came away with a 4-0 win over the Colbert Leopards Thursday afternoon.Colbert stranded seven runners through this game, including going down with bases loaded in the first, and Calera left on eight.Calera broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third, where the Bulldogs began at the top of the lineup. Josh Loper led off with a walk. Rylee Barton followed with a shot up that had third baseman Garrett Work diving in the dirt for a miss...

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DMS football teams opens the season with victories

BROKEN BOW — After several extra weeks of preparation, both Durant Middle School football teams opened the season with victories on the road at Broken Bow Thursday evening.The seventh-grade Lions held off the Savages, 18-14, in the opener and the eighth-grade Lions roared to a 46-8 triumph in the nightcap.Next action for each squad will be Thursday when they host Ada starting at 5 p.m.Seventh gradeBall control was the story fo...

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Southeastern suffers rough loss at No. 7 Henderson State, 60-17

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — Southeastern closed the deficit against No. 7 Henderson State to one score midway through the third quarter, but the Reddies scored 35 unanswered points to close the game and the Savage Storm found itself on the wrong end of a 60-17 loss on Thursday night in Arkadelphia, Ark.The loss drops SE to 1-2 overall on the year and 1-2 in Great American Conference play heading into a Sept. 27 matchup against Ouachita Baptist at 6 p.m. at Paul Laird Field....

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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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