Dance looks to turn hate into something special

A year after organizing a dance that was open to everyone, Ashley Spells-Hayes says the second annual Little Sweethearts Dance is planned for this weekend. Spells-Hayes formed the first dance last year as an all-inclusive alternative to the city of Yukon’s Daddy-Daughter dance. That dance was only open to fathers and daughters. That policy was…

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Yukon girl, family honored with trip

With hundreds of her fellow students cheering, Emma Cortese received the thrill of a lifetime Tuesday. The third-grade student at Ranchwood Elementary and her family will spend a week later this year in Orlando, Florida, enjoying an all-expenses paid vacation courtesy of Baking Memories 4 Kids and Panera Bread. Emma was diagnosed at just five…

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Skyview names Lee Teacher of the Year

Julie Lee, a second-grade teacher, has been selected as Skyview Elementary School’s teacher of the year. The honor is for the 2017-18 school year. Lee teaches math and science. Lee has 22 years of teaching experience. She has been with the Yukon School district for 17 years. She also taught in Tonkawa. “It’s a huge…

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OKC man accused of targeting Yukon store for burglary

An Oklahoma City man who was free on bond while awaiting a manslaughter trial in Oklahoma County is now facing additional charges after authorities said he tried to burglarize the Yukon Target store. Yukon police Maj. Mitch Hoskins said Tanner Watts, 20, was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. Monday after leading officers on a foot…

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WISH GRANTED: YHS students help make Yukon girl’s wish come true

For Kaitlyn Richardson, her wish to visit Disney World will come true thanks to Yukon High School’s Wish Week. Wish Week was held in November and was used this year to help raise funds for 9-year-old Kaitlyn’s Make-A-Wish request. Kaitlyn, is a second-grade student at Central Elementary School, and suffers from multiple heart defects as…

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City finances continue to grow, Crosby says

Seven months into the fiscal year, Yukon’s finances continue to move forward, according to the latest report from City Manager Jim Crosby. Crosby said Tuesday that virtually all of the city’s bank accounts are in better shape today than they were a year ago, and even two months ago. The city’s reserve fund account, which…

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School board thanks Youngblood for service

For Karen Youngblood, Monday was the fulfillment of a promise made five years ago. But it also was a bittersweet day of celebration. Youngblood, who has served on the Yukon School Board for the past 10 years, cast her final vote during Monday’s meeting. She had promised five years ago that she would not seek…

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Hesse to seek full term as district judge

Canadian County District Judge Paul Hesse said this week that he will seek a full term in office. Hesse was appointed to the position last year by Gov. Mary Fallin after District Judge Gary E. Miller retired in 2016 after six years as the county’s only district judge. Hesse said he will file for candidacy…

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Candidates make a pitch for city council

Voters in Yukon will go to the polls Tuesday to fill a vacancy for Ward 2 on the city council. The seat is currently held by John Alberts, who is is term-limited. Three candidates have filed for the office. Ward Larson is a former city council member who left office after being term-limited. He served…

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