Schools vow to keep fighting for funding

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Mustang Public Schools were back in session this week following the end of a two-week teachers’ walkout. Both school officials and members of the teachers’ bargaining unit, the Mustang Education Association, applauded additional funding the Legislature approved in response to the walkout. However, they said that would work for more…

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Three educators seek Mustang-area House seat

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Two teachers and one former teacher are among the seven people running for the District 47 Oklahoma House seat – a field with three Democrats and four Republicans. The seat is currently held by Leslie Osborn, who is seeking the statewide labor commissioner job. The House district covers much of…

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Local effort trucks hay to areas ravaged by fires

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer A local trucking company and Redlands Community College are transporting hay to help feed cattle in parts of Northwest Oklahoma in which fires have burn pastures and hay supplies. HEI Specialized and Heavy Haul has transported hay at no cost in past emergencies, said Klint Pettigrew, who operates the business…

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Obituary: J.D. Vaught

J.D. Vaught passed away on April 15 in Oklahoma City. A life-long resident of Yukon, J.D. was born James Darnell Vaught, II to James D. and Alice Vaught of Yukon. He spent most of his life working with his dad and brother and eventually his son on the family dairy farm. He was a graduate…

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Janitor accused of trying to set up set with teen

A former janitor at a Moore elementary school is accused of traveling last week to Mustang to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. Cameron L. Ford, 29, of Oklahoma City, is free after posting $25,000 bond following his arrest on a complaint of facilitating sex with a minor through use of technology. He was arrested…

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Mustang teachers continue to support walkout

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Members of the Mustang Education Association are continuing to support the statewide teachers’ walkout, MEA President Mark Webb said Tuesday. “We’ve reached a bit of a stalemate,” Webb said in a text message. He noted that Gov. Mary Fallin signed three bills affecting education Tuesday, but that they had a…

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Crime victims speak out

By Chris Eversole Staff Writer Courtroom 1 in the Canadian Courthouse in El Reno was transformed Monday into a place of prayer as the criminal justice community and victims of crime shed tears and dedicated themselves to overcoming grief through faith and mutual support. Among those participating in the Victims’ Rights Vigil were Cory Carson…

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Council denies zone change for Morgan Road PUD

By LARISSA COPELAND News Editor Applause erupted in the Mustang City Council chambers on Tuesday after council members voted unanimously to deny a zone change for a proposed subdivision on North Morgan Road. In a public hearing that lasted for more than an hour, several residents of neighborhooding additions spoke against the plans submitted by…

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Walkout length uncertain

By CHRIS EVERSOLE/TERRY GROOVER Staff Writers Mustang schools will be closed through at least the end of this week as teachers continue to participate in a walkout at the state Capitol. Mustang Education Association President Mark Webb said he and other representatives of the Oklahoma Education Association have continued to lobby legislators for additional educational…

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Schweinberg elected mayor

From Staff Reports Jess Schweinberg defeated Jan Yakish in the Mustang mayoral race on Tuesday. Schweinberg received 464 votes to Yakish’s 219. “I’m excited for this next chapter with the council,” Schweinberg said following Tuesday’s city council meeting, during which Mayor Jay Adams announced Schweinberg as the victor. “I’m following a great leader, and I’m…

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