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Education Department holds meeting

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Area citizens and educators had the opportunity to share concerns and ideas with the state Department of Education Monday evening.Representatives from the department held a town hall meeting at the Durant High School and addressed concerns about the No Child Left Behind waiver loss and current education standards.In August, Oklahoma decided to repeal common core standards, and therefore lost its No Child Left Behind waiver.The waiver released the state from requiring all student meet certain standards of proficiency in reading and math by 2014 or be declared failing.

 

Day 1: SE golfers take fifth place

Southeastern opened the Texoma Championship with a 300 and followed with a 298 for the second 18 holes and finds itself in fifth place after 36-holes with a total score of 598 at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Resort.The team’s “B” squad had a tougher road and opened with a 322 before turning in a second-round 309 to tally a 631 and is in 11th place.The final round of the tournament is set to begin at 8:22 on Tuesday morning, with Mason Horner teeing off first f...

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Durant Junior Varsity beat McAlester, 41-21

Tyler Shade had two long touchdown runs and Dakota Finley also accounted for a pair of scores to lead the Durant Junior Varsity to a 41-21 win over visiting McAlester Monday night at Paul Laird Field.The Lions trailed 7-0 after one quarter but exploded for 20 points in the second period and never looked back while notching their initial victory of the season.Shade raced 76 yards for the initial score and Hilario Sanchez’s extra point knotted it less than a minute i...

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Firefighters put out house fire

A home was damaged by a fire on Saturday, according to the Durant Fire Department.Firefighters were dispatched at 10:58 p.m. to 2140 Folsom Rd. and upon arrival, smoke was coming from the roof. Firefighters entered through the front door that was locked.According to a department report, the fire was contained to the area of origin, a wall and the attic in the center of the house.The house did receive significant heat and smoke damage.No one was home...

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Beheading suspect’s conversion surprised family

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Alton Nolen told relatives after his release from prison on drug and assault charges last year that he wanted to focus on getting his life in order.But postings on the Facebook page of the 30-year-old Nolen, suspected of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food distribution center, suggest that shortly after his release in March 2013, he became more interested in spreading the message of his newfound Islamic faith.“I spoke to him once he was...

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Annual Buffalo Stampede set for Saturday in Caddo

It’s nearing time again for the annual Buffalo Stampede. The 5K and one-mile fun run/walk is set for Saturday in Caddo.This event raises funds for the Marines’ Toys for Tots program, the local volunteer fire department, Caddo Educational Foundation and the Town Restoration Association of Caddo. With these worthwhile causes to support, organizers hope to have a large turnout.Coordinator Don Tidwell noted that the race is a great lead-in to Madill’s Reuel...

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Davis and Hernandez to wed

Amity Davis and Caleb Hernandez both of Colbert will wed on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Franks’ residence in Bokchito.Officiating will be Phillip Rowland of Family Worship Center, Bokchito.The bride to be is the daughter of Chris Davis and Deana Frank. She is a graduate from Colbert High School and is currently attending college at Southeastern Oklahoma State University where she majoring in accounting. She is employed at Frank’s Corner.Hernandez is th...

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Sample ballots available

Sample ballots now are available at the Bryan County Election Board office for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the Bryan County General Election on Nov. 4.Sample ballots are also available about two weeks prior to an election on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.Linda Fahrendorf, Secretary of the Bryan County Election Board, said that sample ballots can be ...

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Local baseball and fast-pitch softball teams are now done with Districts, many of them wrapping up the season.BASEBALLClass ADistrict 3: Silo (No. 4, 25-5) hosted Colbert and Achille Thursday. Colbert was eliminated on a 3-2 loss to Achille and 4-0 loss to Silo. Silo dealt Achille its first defeat 13-0 Thursday, then handed the Eagles the season-ending run-rule loss Friday afternoon.Colbert finished the fall at 5-17...

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Calera advances after showdown with Latta

CALERA — The Calera Bulldogs are Class A District 9 champions and earned a Regional playoff birth after clawing it out with the Latta Panthers on Day 2 of the tournament.Friday offered a little more excitement than baseball fans might expect in the first round of playoffs. But the mismatches commonly created in District draws weren’t quite as expansive down in Bulldog country. Went the pairings were announced, Calera was tied for eighth in the OSSAA rankings and Latta w...

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Durant Lions suffer 28-7 district loss to McAlester

McALESTER — It was a troubling week for the Durant Lions (0-4) and it ended with a 28-7 district road loss to the high power McAlester Buffaloes on Friday night.Days following the debacle in Ada last week. Two of Durant’s skill players, Tyler Stovall and Skye Lowe, decided to quit the team and left Durant two receivers short in the game against McAlester. That left the team scrabbling to fill their positions. Both players are transferring to a new school.That...

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Lady Lion softball cruise by Shawnee

The Durant Lady Lion softball team exploded for 14 hits to cruise by Shawnee, 9-2, on Thursday and wrap up a host regional playoff position.Coach Aaron Mullens’ squad was slated to host Tulsa Memorial for Senior Day and the district finale on Saturday despite already having wrapped up the number two slot in the final standings for a second year in a row.Kylie Williams was solid throughout Thursday’s contest in the pitching circle, scattering four hits while a...

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Rebels ready for Regionals

SILO — The Silo Rebels are back!The Rebels took the district crown on Friday after a 12-0 run-rule win over the Achille Eagles.Last spring, Silo fought its way into the State championship game but fell short. Now, the Rebels are primed again to make another run at the State crown as they head into Regionals next week.The Rebels stumbled out of the gate with an 0-2 start to the season, losing to Colbert and Calera. However, they picked themselves up and w...

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Southeastern falls in the final seconds to OBU, 35-29

DURANT - The Southeastern Savage Storm (1-3) went head-to-head with Ouachita Baptist University (3-0) on Saturday night and but fell to OBU in the final seconds of the game 35-29 at Paul Laird Field.SE quarterback Ryan Polite went 35-for-20 with 330 yards and two touchdowns. Ronnie Green led his team in rushing with 104 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Anthony Foster finished the night with five catches for 131 yards.OBU received the opening kick-off and began their ...

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Friday crash injures Texas woman

A Denison, Texas, woman was injured Friday during a two-vehicle crash 1.6 miles west of Durant on Highway 70, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.Stacy Miller, 51, was taken to Texoma Medical Center in Denison where she was listed in serious condition with a head injury at the time of the OHP report.She was a passenger in a pickup driven by her 20-year-old daughter Destiny Miller, according to OHP.OHP said the crash happened at 7:45 a.m. when a Saturn driven by 2...

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Friends of the Library book sale returns

October is right around the corner and that means Durant’s Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale is back at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library.The book sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.All proceeds from the sale go toward the work of the Friends of the Library. The group currently sponsors the electronic databases used by the Durant Public Library.The group also raises money for and do...

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Year-end tests in Oklahoma could be in jeopardy

TULSA (AP) — A delay this week by the Oklahoma State Board of Education in selecting a vendor to conduct about 50,000 end-of-instruction tests for high school students this winter could leave thousands of students in the lurch if they’re unable to complete the exams, several education organizations said Friday.“It’s a big mess,” said Steven Crawford, the executive director of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, an Oklahoma City-...

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Woman charged with embezzling from city

A Durant woman who worked for the city of Durant is accused of embezzling more than $700 from the city.Torri Tenille Johnston, 37, was charged last week with one count of felony embezzlement. Court papers state she embezzled $763.12 from the city of Durant, funds that had been entrusted to her by the city.Durant Police Detective Brandon Laxton began investigating in April after speaking with Durant Assistant City Manager Sarah Sherrer.

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