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February 15, 2013

FYI — Duncan Briefs

DUNCAN —  

  • Donations accepted today for Abigail Smith fundraiser

    First Baptist Church is hosting a fundraiser, organized by Morgan Collier, for photographer Abigail Smith from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Smith has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. 

    Fundraising efforts include a garage sale, a bake sale and a silent auction. Several area photographers have joined together to donate professional portrait sessions. All proceeds will go to Smith to help with paying medical bills. 

    Furniture, clothes, decor, baby items or other items are being accepted at 4 p.m. today, in the church gym. For more information, call Morgan Collier at 580-606-0957. 

     

  • County youth science fair opens Friday

    The Stephens County Science Fair is set for Friday and Saturday at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center. Science fair projects will be judged Friday, and awards will be presented to winners Saturday.

     

  • DLT ready to perform ‘Back to the ‘80s

    “Back to the ’80s,” a Duncan Little Theatre production centered on a group of high school students in their senior year in the 1980s. 

    The musical will run at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Feb. 22 and Feb. 13 at the Simmons Center Theatre.

 

  • Soul food feast returns for Black History Month 

    The annual Soul Food Feast will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Douglass gym. The event, headed by the Black History Month Comittee, is one of several events planned for the month of February.

     

  • Stephens County Courthouse closed Monday

    The Stephens County County Courthouse will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, for President’s Day. The Stephens County Commissioners will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the courthouse.

     

  • Simmons Center Health Fair

    The “We (Heart) Kids” Health Fair takes place 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Simmons Center. 

    There will be numerous booth/stations set up to promote health and fitness for youth. All ages are welcome and there will be games, activities, inflatables and more. Youth fitness class demonstrations will be going on from performed by Extreme Thunder, Youth Zumba, cheer company and more. The first 250 children in the door receive a free funpack. This is a free event. 

    For more information, call 580-252-2900, Ext. 227 or 243.

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  • Bench found competent, trial to start Monday

    A jury took 50 minutes on Thursday to find Miles Sterling Bench competent to stand trial for first-degree murder  and District Judge Joe Enos scheduled the trial to begin Monday.
    Bench, 23, of, Velma, is accused of the bludgeoning death of 16-year-old Braylee Henry of Velma. She was killed in June 2012 in the Teepee Totem convenience store in Velma where Bench was employed.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18 Miller and Decathlon 0016.jpg Miller pumps up decathlon students

    Dr. Ché Miller, who helped bridge a funding gap needed to send the Duncan High School Decathlon Team to the national competition in Hawaii, gave the team a pep talk on Thursday.
    Miller, recently recognized as the Man of the Year by the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told the students they are about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and advised them to absorb as much of the experience as they can.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Churches prepare for Easter Sunday

    Churches throughout Duncan and Stephens County are preparing to celebrate Easter this Sunday, the day Christians celebrate the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven.
    Today is known as Good Friday to mark the day Christ was crucified on a cross.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18 lauren-ellis mug.jpg Ellis named new CEO of regional United Way

    Lauren Ellis, who’s led the United Way of Stephens County for more than two years, has been named the new chief executive officer of the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma.
    Her new job will be based in Lawton but Ellis said she will remain in Duncan and commute.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jurors to decide Bench competency issue today

    Jurors will hear final arguments on Thursday and then be asked to determine whether  23-year-old Miles Sterling Bench is mentally competent to stand trial for first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of 16-year-old Braylee Henry nearly two years ago.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-17 Decathlon Team1 0127.jpg DHS Decathlon Teams prepares

    Not every high school student gets an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii. But that’s exactly what’s happening with the 10 team members of the Duncan High School Decathlon Team.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Baseball tourney to be held in Wiles' memory

    The Duncan Middle School baseball team will hold a tournament in memory of the late Alyssa Wiles.

    April 17, 2014

  • Corporon memorial planned for Friday in Marlow

    A candlelight vigil for Dr. William Corporon and his grandson Reat Underwood will be held at Marlow High School at 8 p.m. Friday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Gay recuses himself from Morales trial

    Associate District Judge Dennis Gay on Wednesday disqualified himself from the trial of Dr. Oscar Morales Jr.

    April 17, 2014

  • Psychologists disagree on Bench’s mental competency

    Two psychologists on Tuesday offered differing opinions  about the mental competency of Miles Sterling Bench to stand trial for first-degree murder in the 2012 death of Braylee Henry.
    Bench, dressed in a dark blue suit, sat through a second day of court proceedings that will determine if the case against him goes to trial. The state is seeking the death penalty.

    April 16, 2014