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Republican candidates speak to Durant residents

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Republicans around Durant gathered Monday afternoon to hear from some of their candidates for different offices.Ron Boyer, running for Bryan County Commissioner, Darrel Robertson, running for Congress and Randy Brogdon, running for U.S. Senate spoke to the crowd about what they feel needs changed in the area and in America.Ron Boyer started by saying that instead of interpreting laws by how they are written, we should be interpreting them by why they were written.“Our language is always changing, so if we were to go based strictly on the way their words are, we would continually interpret this law differently each time,” said Boyer.

 

Charge dismissed against man accused of sexually assaulting a child

The Bryan County District Attorney’s Office dropped a charged against a man who had been accused of sexually assaulting a child.Cody Dean Green, 35, Calera, was charged in February 2013 with child sexual abuse and the charge was recently dismissed.

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Baseball Round Up

The Silo Rebels claimed an 8-0 victory Monday afternoon at home against Hartshorne.Lance House went the distance on the mound. He allowed one hit, struck out eight and walked five.Leonard Sandler led the offense, going 3-for-four with a double and three RBIs. Jarris Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI. Kendall Shives and Lucas Long each got a hit.The Rock Creek Mustangs beat Soper 11-1 - 13-5 on the season. Zach Cook got the win went all 4 allowing...

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Lions fall to Shawnee in five innings

The Durant Lions continue to struggle on the baseball diamond with a 14-2 district home loss against Shawnee on Tuesday.Highlights were few and far between for Lions baseballers on Tuesday. Brandon Robison got the start and held the Wolves scoreless in the first inning but ran into trouble in the second. Shawnee scored five runs on three hits and a Durant error in the second.Brayden Green pitched the third for Durant, giving up one run on three hits. He got into trouble ...

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Lions soccer falls to Tahlequah in district play

DURANT - The Durant soccer teams struggled in district play Tuesday night against Tahlequah at Paul Laird Field. The Lady Lions loss a in a close match-up, 2-1, and the boys team fell 5-2.The Lady Lions record dropped to 7-5 on the season and still ranked in the OSSAA rankings at No. 9. This loss may have hurt the chances for the Lady Lions to make the playoffs. There are two games left in the season, both district games, and the Lady Lions need to, at least, split the games to pos...

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Silo defense displays ‘wow’ moments in two wins

SILO — The Silo Rebels shot down Boswell twice Tuesday afternoon, winning the first game 9-2 and the second 4-1.After a shaky start, the Rebel defense rolled five double plays on the day and even executed a triple play. Also, left-fielder Kris Taylor made a diving catch in shallow left near the foul line to incite some cheers in the first game. And compelling the crowd to holler in the second game was short stop Tanner Hearon’s remarkable snatch out of the air off a hig...

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State-mandated minimum wage draws ire across state

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Those seeking a higher minimum wage in Oklahoma said they’re upset with Gov. Mary Fallin’s decision to sign a bill that prohibits cities from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements.Attorney David Slane, who wrote the initiative petition for Oklahoma City, said that the new law, inked Monday night, threatens an effort to raise Oklahoma City’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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Local dispatchers recognized this week

Durant and Bryan County law enforcement and first responders took time Monday to recognize National Telecommunications Week and thank the local dispatchers for what they do.Referred to as the true first responders during the celebration, the dispatchers of the Durant Communications Center receives calls for eight law enforcement agencies, 18 fire stations and four EMS locations.This is the second year that National Telecommunications Week has been observed in Bryan Count...

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Oklahoma House passes state trooper pay raise bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers could get their first pay raise in seven years under a plan given final legislative approval Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether money will be available in the overall state budget to fund the plan.The House unanimously approved the measure without debate and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin. The bill, which was previously approved by the Senate, includes all 101 House members as co-sponsors.

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Local man to celebrate 90th birthday

Veterans, friends and family are invited to the 90th birthday party for Don James at 1 p.m. April 25 at the Masonic Hall, 3901 W. University Blvd. in Durant.There will be no long speeches or required program, and those attending may stay as long as they want. No gifts, please. James said that he “has you as a friend” and that is all he wants.James is a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific Theater 1942-45. He was in light ordnance as a Browning Autom...

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Salter earns GAC Player of the Week

Southeastern outfielder Ryan Salter has been named the Great American Conference Player of the Week following his performance in the team’s sweep of Northwestern Oklahoma State over the weekend.Salter, a senior from Oak Point, Texas, hit .571 over the three-game sweep that helped keep SE in the mix for a trip to the GAC Tournament.He officially finished 4-for-7 on the weekend, but also added a pair of walks and a pair of sacrifice hits to boost his on-base percenta...

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Class 2A baseball holds firm in top five

Four of Class 2A baseball’s top five ranked teams held firm over the weekend with some interesting tournament results in the books.Silo remains the team to beat after going 3-0 at the Coal Mining Classic in Wilburton and Hartshorne. The 18-1 Rebels blanked Antlers and Poteau before dropping host Hartshorne 10-2 in the Saturday championship.Silo’s only loss this season is a 2-1 decision to Bradenton (Fla.) Christian over spring break. The BC Panthers are 15-7 ...

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Bennington cleans up after Sunday storm

The town of Bennington is cleaned up and has electricity restored following a storm Sunday evening that knocked out five power line poles and scattered debris across the town.Durant/Bryan County Emergency Managements Director James Dalton said OG&E had five poles to replace and several lines to repair Monday. The damage was caused by straight-line winds with speeds estimated at 80 miles per hour.He said school was out Monday while awaiting the repairs and clean up began ...

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Lady Storm swept in twinbill against NWOSU

ALVA, Okla. – The return trip from Northwestern Saturday was much longer than the trip to Alva Thursday.After Friday’s two excellent games between two good teams, Saturday’s action was shock and awe in light of a baker’s dozen home runs by the Lady Rangers in a sweep of Southeastern softballers.The hostesses logged 17-4 and 13-7 victories over the Storm, but it wasn’t quite enough to dislodge the Storm from the top spot in the Great American...

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Fallin signs minimum wage hike ban in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cities across Oklahoma are now prohibited from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin.Supporters say the measure would prevent a hodgepodge of minimum wages in different parts of the state, while opponents say decisions about the wages should be left up to individual communities.Those against the bill also say it specifically targets Oklah...

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Four now charged in Australian college player’s death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A fourth person was charged Monday in the death of an Australian baseball player who was fatally shot as he jogged in a southern Oklahoma neighborhood last summer.Oddesse Barnes, 22, of Duncan, was charged with accessory after murder in the death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane of Melbourne, according to the Stephens County District Attorney’s Office. Lane was preparing for his senior baseball season at East Central University when h...

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Legislation targeting state judiciary stirs debate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the first time since a bribery scandal rocked Oklahoma’s Supreme Court 50 years ago, state lawmakers are considering tinkering with the way Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges are selected.Legislation pending in the state House would alter the method for choosing some members of the 15-member Judicial Nominating Commission, which nominates candidates to be selected by the governor to fill vacancies in the state̵...

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Half of Oklahoma House members draw no opponent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nearly five dozen legislative candidates can mothball their campaigns for another election cycle after failing to draw any opponents for Oklahoma’s June primary or the general election in November.When the campaign filing season ended Friday, 58 candidates could already lay claim to seats in the 2015 legislative session. One of those is a Claremore man who will be new to the House.In some districts that will have races, vo...

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