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Daughters of the Confederacy invite community to join meeting

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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 black-eyed peas and cornbread.Dottie Davis of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library has visited the Andersonville National Historical Site and gave the presentation.


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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Area Sports Calendar

Thursday, April 17HS Baseball: Tushka at Roff TournamentHS Softball: Tushka at Latta/Roff TournamentHS Softball: Caney Tournament2 p.m. - NJCAA Softball: Carl Albert at Murray State College4 p.m. - HS Baseball: Colbert at Calera4 p.m. - HS Baseball: Silo at Rock Creek4 p.m. - HS Baseball: Boswell at Achille4 p.m. - HS Baseball: Caddo at Atoka4 p.m. - HS Baseball: Caney at Bennin...

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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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SE tennis splits with UAFS in season finale

Men’s Tennis: SE downs UAFS to end regular seasonSoutheastern closed out the regular season with back-to-back wins. A 5-4 victory over Arkansas-Ft. Smith followed the team’s Great American Conference-clinching win over rival East Central the day before.The Savage Storm finish the season at 13-6 overall and winners of five of their last six matches.Three of those matches were part of the teams run through the conference opposition i...

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Land judging contest held

The annual land judging contest for FFA and 4-H students in Bryan County was held March 26.Area students judged the soil from four different sites at the land judging contest. Some of the characteristics judged were texture, depth, slope, erosion, permeability and surface runoff as well as recommending land treatments.The contest was sponsored by the Bryan Conservation District. Forty four FFA students from Bryan County participated in the contest.

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Police investigate shooting in Durant

Durant Police responded to a shooting at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.Terry McMichael was flown to a Plano, Texas, hospital where he is being treated for gunshot wounds that do not appear to be life threatening, according to Durant Police.Police received a call that several men were arguing outside a residence located at 601 S. 14th Ave., and the witness said one man had a gun and that gunfire was heard.When police arrived, a vehicle was leaving ...

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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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Republican candidates speak to Durant residents

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....

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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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