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MCSO in Durant to pay $1.5 million to resolve false claims act lawsuit

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MUSKOGEE – The Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant and its parent company, Health Management Associates Inc., have agreed to pay $1,065,000 to the United States and $435,000 to the State of Oklahoma to resolve allegations that the hospital billed for unnecessary surgical procedures by a doctor at the hospital. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma made the announcement Friday. In a federal lawsuit, the hospital was accused of billing SoonerCare, the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, for surgical procedures performed by Dr. Daniel Castro and related hospital services that were not medically necessary, according...


Silas Carter

Memorial services for Silas Carter of Wade, Ok. who passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014 at his home will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Eternal Life Church in Marlow, Ok. Arrangements are under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service, Durant.

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Mothers of disabled work toward future

 When four mothers found lifetime opportunities for their intellectually challenged children limited they decided to take matters into their own hands and work toward making their future more than depending on strangers or government programs to take care of them. Donna Hicks, Patty Shackleford, Janie Kilpatrick and Joy Curtis enlisted the help of Steve Remshardt, a retired postal worker and area coordinator of Special Olympics Red River Area 13. They formed a non-profit organizatio...

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Elks Lodge honors students and first respondors

The Durant Elks Lodge showed its appreciation to area students, law enforcement and first responders Thursday.The lodge held a spaghetti lunch for area seniors who are at the top of their class, including student body presidents, vice presidents, valedictorians and salutatorians.May is officially youth appreciation month, however the Elks lodge hosts this appreciation meal a month early due to the high amount of school activity in May.Approximately eight area ...

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Sheriff discusses DOC inmate pull

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is in the process of pulling its inmates out of county jails, and Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden said he is not yet sure if this is good or bad for area jails.While Golden said he isn’t getting excited over the effect on Bryan County Jail just yet, he does worry about some of the surrounding counties.“I know a lot of smaller county jails, smaller than us, like Pushmataha County and some of those, are gonna be struggling...

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Lions slump contiues against Shawnee

SHAWNEE – Missed opportunities were the story for the Durant Lions Thursday night, dropping a 7-2 decision on the road against district-leading Shawnee.The Lions had their chances while loading the bases in each of the first two innings but failed to score any runs in either frame. In total, Durant stranded 14 base runners.Shawnee meanwhile cashed in most of its chances coupling a pair of hits around a Lion error in the first frame to plate three runs. The Wolves t...

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SE Golf: Hunter, Suarez named All-Conference players

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern’s Jeff Hunter and Marcos Sevilla Suarez have each earned All-Great American Conference selections, with Hunter making the first team, while Sevilla was named a second team pick.Hunter, a senior from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, is having his best season at SE with a team-best 74.15 scoring average on 26 rounds and is the only golfer to play in all 10 tournament this season. He has six rounds at par or better and has twice shot 69 in a round...

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Rock Creek scoreless against Silo

BOKCHITO — The Silo Rebels claimed a 9-0 victory over the Rock Creek Mustangs in six innings Thursday afternoon.Silo put one on the board in the opening frame and added five in the top of the second to carry a 6-0 lead into the sixth. That’s when Jarris Hamilton connected for a three-run homer over the left-field fenceHamilton finished 2-for-4 with the home run, a double and four RBIs. Lance House went 2-for-4 and Andrew Bolin 1-for-4.Rock Creek re...

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SE Men’s tennis top seed in GAC Tourney

DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern will look to take advantage of its No. 1 seed when it opens play in the Great American Conference Tournament against Ouachita Baptist on April 18 at 1 p.m. in Bentonville, Ark.The Savage Storm picked up its first regular season conference championship by running the table in league play, picking up wins over OBU, Harding and East Central, all on the road.In addition to its 3-0 conference record, SE put together a 13-6 mark overall, including ...

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Area Sports Calendar

Friday, April 18NCAA Tennis: Southeastern at GAC TournamentHS Baseball: Tushka at Roff Tournament2 p.m. - NCAA Softball: Southwestern at SE2 p.m. - NCAA Baseball: SE at Southwestern4 p.m. - HS Soccer: Durant at Coweta4 p.m. - HS Baseball: Caney at Latta4 p.m. - HS Baseball: Colbert at Rock Creek7:05 p.m. - AA Baseball: Corpus Christi at Frisco (Texas)Saturday, April 19...

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Daughters of the Confederacy invite community to join meeting

The Durant Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy conducted a special meeting this week at the Three Valley Museum that the organization opened up to the public.This is the fourth time a public meeting has been held in commemoration of the Civil War. These observances started in 2011 and invite the community to learn about the war.Wednesday’s meeting focused on prisoners of war held in Andersonville, Ga. Going along with this theme, guests ate a prison meal of...

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Okla. House Democrats call for education funding

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma educators stood with state House Democrats on Wednesday and renewed their call for a school funding hike, keeping the spotlight on an issue that brought thousands of demonstrators to the Capitol building two weeks ago.House Democratic Leader Scott Inman, of Oklahoma City, said educators and those they serve are frustrated by the lack of progress in restoring what he says has been $200 million in cuts to school budgets in recent ye...

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Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state’s voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard similar issues in a Utah case last week, giving Oklahoma lawyers a preview ...

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Man pleads no contest to possession of child pornography

A Durant man who was scheduled for a trial by judge on a charge of possession of child pornography has pleaded no contest.Shannon Lynn Hutcherson, 23, who was charged in May 2013 with aggravated possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, entered a blind plea. That means no plea bargain was offered and the court will determine the sentence.The distribution of child pornography charge was dropped due to the plea.Hutcherson was arreste...

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Durant Lions to hold Boys and Girls Basketball Kids Skills Camp

The Durant Lions will offer a Basketball Kids Skills Camp for boys and girls entering first through sixth grades 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. May 12-16. Cost is $50.Contact Jason Wilkerson at (580) 235-1208 or text, or via email at jason.wilkerson@durantisd.org. Also contact Casey Strahan at (580) 924-4424 ext. 7055 or at casey.strahan@durantisd.org.Basic information that will be needed: name, phone number and the grade the child will be entering. The camp will ...

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History in the Making Golf Tournament

The inaugural History in the Making Golf Tournament to benefit Durant’s Three Valley Museum is slated for May 3 at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course, overlooking Lake Texoma.Registration for the four-person scramble will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start set for 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $100 and includes a round of golf, cart, after-play meal and a tee-box gift. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place teams, and for the longest drive and closest to the pin. A...

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Lady Storm softballers host SW’s Lady Bulldogs in GAC play

The LadyStorm softballers are down to the last two weekends of the regular season.Coach Ron Faubion’s young ladies will need to shake off last weekend’s Northwestern migraine and settle down to business quickly because Southwestern’s Lady Bulldogs could salvage something from a bad season with just one win here Friday or Saturday.On paper, this weekend is simply no contest.The next game played on paper will be the first game played on paper....

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SE to host football camps in June

Southeastern football has scheduled a pair of summer camps for area youth interested in advancing their football skills, with a camp for grades one-eight scheduled for June 20 and a second camp for grades nine-12 on June 21.These camps will be conducted at Paul Laird Field with the Savage Storm coaching staff serving as instructors, led by head coach Bo Atterberry.The registration fee for each camp is $40 and athletes can register by visiting abcsportscamps.com/sefootbal...

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