Citing pandemic, chamber cancels Western Days

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of festivals and events across the state, and Mustang’s Western Days is the latest casualty. The Mustang Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that it has canceled this year’s celebration, which had been planned for Sept. 11-12. “With sadness, after much consideration and stakeholder input, the Mustang Chamber Board…

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Mustang schools issue mask mandate

In a nearly four-hour meeting Monday, the Mustang Board of Education voted unanimously to require masks for students and staff from the fifth grade through high school when school opens. Teachers in lower grades will be required to wear masks and to encourage students to do so, but the board members recognized that keeping masks…

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Freedom Celebration planned for Saturday

The Firefighters Freedom Celebration is continuing this year, but with a change in the food due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Food trucks will be present instead of the traditional fare of hot dogs, chili, chips, cookies and a drink. As usual, watermelon and water will be provided, while the supply lasts. “Due to the uncertainty…

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School bond projects near completion

Three Mustang Public Schools projects that complete the work funded by a $180 million bond issue are moving toward completion. This shows that the board of education is meeting the promises it made when voters approved the bond issue in 2017, Superintendent Charles Bradley said. The status of the projects is: • A two-story addition…

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MHS employee thwarts kidnapping attempt

Mustang High School paraprofessional Bobby Jackson is being extra vigilant of his grandchildren after he helped foil an attempted kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl east of Yukon. Jackson and his wife, Christa, were driving west on N.W. 23rd Street around 5 p.m. on May 13, on their way to get a bite to eat, when…

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School board regroups on bond issue

The Mustang Board of Education last week scrapped a planned bond issue and decided to consider an alternative that could go on the November general ballot. Superintendent Charles Bradley recommended the move – resulting from changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic – at a June 4 special meeting. “A lot has happened, and we need…

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Gardening growing with help from ‘masters’

With people having time on their hands while at home during the COVID-19 crisis, Canadian County OSU Extension is seeing more interest in gardening. Horticulture educator Courtney Keck and her team of volunteer master gardeners are helping people get started in gardening or cultivate their skills. The master gardeners are indeed masters, veterans of decades…

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Area churches vary in reopening plans

Yukon-area churches are taking various approaches to reopening, ranging from having in-person services last Sunday to not specifying when they’ll return to their sanctuaries. Regardless of their specific plans, pastors said they’re taking precautions against the spread of COVID-19. TRINITY BAPTIST Starting Sunday, Trinity Baptist Church added a third service live and online, the Rev.…

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Water supply uncertain at new fairgrounds

While earthmoving progresses on the new Canadian County Fairgrounds, plans to provide a 12-inch water line to the project are incomplete. County Commis-sioner Jack Stewart said Monday that he’s looking into the bottleneck. He had expected to hear by now about how the Canadian County Water Authority was proceeding with the county’s plans to buy…

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Sara Road expansion will help drive Mustang’s future

Crews are hard at work on the widening of Sara Road from just north of Southwest 29th Street to State Highway 152. Although the intersection of Southwest 29th Street and Sara Road has been completed, most of the other current work on the $19.6 million project is relocating utility lines. The funding includes $7.2 million…

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