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Man charged with being accessory after a murder

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A charge was filed Thursday against a man accused of being an accessory to murder by burning a pickup and hiding a gun.Craig Vaughn Becker, 31, Durant, was charged with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact for the murder of Frank Wendell Owens II, 22, Bokchito, who was found injured along Old Highway 70 at the Blue River Bridge, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.Mark Anthony Neal, 22, Durant, was arrested Monday and charged Wednesday with first-degree murder.According to affidavits by OSBI Agent Reanae Childers, Owens was found Sunday evening with a gunshot wound to the head and he died a short time later.

 

SE football eighth in preseason poll

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s football team has been picked to finish eighth in the Great American Conference, according to the league’s preseason poll released Thursday.The Savage Storm are coming off a 2-9 season in which the team finished tied for ninth with a 2-8 GAC record.SE is now under the guidance of new head coach Bo Atterberry, who took over the reins of the football program this spring.The Storm returns 20 starters from last ...

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Softball signups Aug. 9, 16

Durant Youth Softball League signups for all age groups will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 9 and 16, at Taco Casa, 324 N. First Ave.Registration fee is $45, which is due along with the application no later than Aug. 16. Late applications will not be accepted.Age groups are 8U (8-and-younger) coach pitch; 10U girl fast/coach pitch; 12U girl fast pitch; 14U girl fast pitch.The cutoff date for the maximum age in each group is Dec. 31, 2013. Any participant ma...

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Organization aids those losing jobs this week due to local business closure

The Southern Workforce Board stepped in this week to provide aid to those who are losing their jobs today as the JCP Specialty Foods building closes its doors.Wednesday, the agency went to the facility and brought nine area employers with them to provide workers with opportunities.The 134,764-square-foot plant, formerly known as J.C. Potter Sausage, is located on East Highway 70 in Durant.J.C. Potter Sausage Co. was founded in 1949 by J.C. Potter. In 1998, Atl...

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Let our voice ring out for Jesus

Jeremiah 33:11“The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice the bridegroom, the voice of the bride the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of hosts: for the Lord is good, for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the Lord.”

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Is marriage dying?

“It’s not what it used to be” has been said of cars, medical care, technology and a variety of other things. Some even apply it to marriage. “Traditional marriage” has been called archaic, outdated and unreasonable in today’s world. One celebrity, when asked “Do you think marriage is a dying institution?” replied with this statement, “I do. I think we have to make our own rules. I don’t think we should live our lives in relationships...

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Institute: Oklahoma tax holiday is little relief

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s annual sales tax holiday on back-to-school clothing and shoes is expected to boost business for retailers beginning today as thousands of students prepare to return to the classroom.But a nonprofit research group claims that while shoppers will get a break from paying sales taxes on some purchases during the three-day event, the overall tax benefits of the temporary sales tax exemption are minimal.Shoes and clothing costing les...

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Burglar suspect is arrested

The arrest of an intoxicated person by Durant Police solved the burglary of a Mead home, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s OfficeOn Wednesday, a Durant officer arrested 33-year-old Mika Renea Hart, Durant, for having actual physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated. After the arrest, two checks that were written to Hart were discovered and the officer became suspicious, so he contacted the owner who confirmed she had not written any checks to Hart and that her hom...

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Oklahoma man admits killing 2 girls, fiancee

OKEMAH (AP) — A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road in 2008, but who wasn’t arrested until after being questioned in his fiancée’s death three years later, pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday.Kevin Sweat, 28, entered guilty pleas to three counts of first-degree murder in Okfuskee County District Court. Prosecutors dropped plans to seek the death penalty after Sweat agreed to waive his right to a jury trial. A bench trial was schedul...

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Murder and arson charges filed against Neal

A Blue man was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and third-degree arson.Mark Anthony Neal, 22, is being held without bail on charges of shooting Frank Wendell Owens II, 22, Bokchito, to death and then burning his pickup.Neal was arrested Monday following an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.According to an affidavit by OSBI Agent Reanae Childers, Owens was found severely injured Sun...

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Mead OHCE group making fair plans

The Mead group of Oklahoma Home and Community Education met in the home of Gloria Ann Nation at 11 a.m. July 28. President Jolene Reid called the meeting to order.The group’s plan for the Bryan County Fair was the main focus of the business meeting. Ann showed the group the quilt she is making for the group’s fair booth. Other members are canning, sewing and working on items for display in the booth.Plans were discussed for the next business meeting, to be co...

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Culbreath retires as Choctaw Education Director

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma said goodbye to a longtime leader in the tribal community Tuesday.The tribe held a party Tuesday evening to celebrate Choctaw Education Director Joy Culbreath as she stepped down from her post and into retirement.Culbreath has been in education for 50 years. She spearheaded projects such as the preservation of the Choctaw language program and higher education programs.“She is a pioneer,” said Chief Gary Batton, who sa...

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Several events planned for Colbert

A special program in Colbert is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the town hall council room, the Colbert Historical Society announced.Bill Duckworth, a local historian and a Chickasaw, will share a PowerPoint presentation about the Chickasaw Nation and its relation to the Town of Colbert. The local historical society is inviting the public to experience what members say should be an interesting program. There will be no admission charge. Refreshments will be served after the p...

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New gym a dream come true for Calera HS

Calera’s basketball teams finally have a new gym.It was long overdue, but now it’s here.The old gym, named for former coach Joe ‘Bok’ Laughlin, is home to many memories over the years. The new gym will be home to many memories in the years to come.Some of those memories are good, some not so much. It’s easy to recall the good times. There are games won on miracle shots as time expires. There was a state championship for the Bulldo...

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Durant Cemetery Board resignations explained

Citizens have been wondering why all members of the Durant Cemetery Board resigned earlier this year.Former Board Chair Tom Criswell answered, saying it was time.“We just felt we’d done all we could do after all those years of service over there,” said Criswell.He said the members had served for more than two decades.Criswell said one member of the board had been having health issues and the other two felt it was time to step down ...

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Zac Cater selected for OCA All-State game

Former Durant Lions quarterback Zac Cater was selected to the play in the 2014 Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State football game on Aug. 1 at Bixby, Ok. Cater led one of the most prolific offenses in Durant’s history, throwing for 2,765 yards with 30 touchdowns last season. Cater signed to play quarterback with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla.

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SE Volleyball tied for sixth in GAC poll

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s volleyball team will open the 2014 season picked to finish tied for sixth in the Great American Conference, according to the league’s preseason poll released Wednesday.The Savage Storm posted a 13-18 record a season ago with a 7-7 mark in GAC play. But the team will be under the leadership of new head coach Brianna Barry, who replaced the departing Jenn King.Barry will have five returning starters to work with, includi...

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Mayors, including Durant’s mayor, show support for Inhofe

OKLAHOMA CITY – Senator Jim Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) campaign has recently released the endorsements of 45 mayors from cities and towns all over Oklahoma.Endorsers include Durant’s Mayor Jerry Tomlinson along with Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City, Mayor Dewey Bartlett of Tulsa, as well as mayors from all five of the state’s defense communities.“I support those who support our community,” said Mayor Tomlinson. He said Inhofe has held the c...

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