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May 6, 2013

On the Calendar

DUNCAN — Recognize your nurse

National Nurses Week kicks off today with RN Recognition Day and runs through May 12. Be sure to show some appreciation to the nurses in your life.

Leadership Duncan Class XVII graduation

Leadership Duncan Class XVII members will graduate from the 9 month program Tuesday evening at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.

Comanche Chamber Banquet

Comanche’s Chamber of Commerce Banquet will recognize some of the key individuals and businesses in the community at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Asbury Complex.

Duncan High School Class of 1954

The Duncan High School Class of 1954 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Peyton’s Place Restaurant. For information, call 580-255-2605.

Flower luncheon tickets available

The Duncan Area Realtor's annual Flower Luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 8 at the Opera House in Marlow. There is a cost to attend.

Letter Carrier’s food drive

On Saturday, letter carriers with the United States Postal Service will help “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting nonperishable food donations from households on their route. All food donations will stay in the city. This is part of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, which is a one-day food drive in nearly 130 cities in central and western Oklahoma.

Graduations begin

Bray-Doyle High School begins the graduation season with its commencement at 8 p.m. Friday at Donkey Stadium. Also set for commencement this week is Cameron University on the same night.

Last AARP Driver Safety Class

An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 in the Jerry Morris Business and Industrial Center at Red River Technology Center.

Anyone within the Stephens County or surrounding area with a valid driver’s license may attend. The class is not just for seniors citizens or AARP members. The goal is to update driving skills and learn to compensate for the normal age-related physical changes that everyone experiences Students are not required to drive or pass a test.

People who complete the course may be eligible for a car insurance rate reduction, but certificates must be renewed every three years. Instructor will be AARP volunteer Rodney Love. This will be the last class until a new instructor can be found, so sign up early as class size is limited.

For information regarding the fee and enrollment, call Love at 580-255-7668 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Other events of note:

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12.

Have an item to add to the calendar? Call The Banner newsroom at 580.255.5354, Ext. 160 or Ext. 142.


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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.

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  • 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