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Bennington cleans up after Sunday storm

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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 on the baseball field and a few buildings at the school.Bennington Elementary School Principal Pam Reynolds said the power outage delayed testing at the school by one day.


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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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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