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Improvements have created safer county jail environment

Editor’s note: This is the second story in a three-part series about the Canadian County Detention Center. The series explores inmate and employee services, compliance history and more. While Canadian County Detention Center employees have various responsibilities, jail administrator Maj. Kristie Carter said they work to ensure inmates’ rights and privileges are followed. Each inmate…

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Family remembers loved ones at Victims’ Vigil

The quick wit of 22-year-old Amy Gibbins and the energetic intelligence of 5-year-old Bryor Gibbins will remain in the hearts of a Calumet family. The family was part of more than 30 attendees who had the chance to share their stories Monday at the 29th Canadian County Crime Victims’ Vigil at the courthouse. “Our lives…

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Canadian County jail sees rise in inmates with mental illnesses

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a three-part series about the Canadian County Detention Center. The series explores inmate and employee services, compliance history and more. Despite a small staff, the Canadian County Detention Center works to ensure inmates’ needs are met, jail administrator Maj. Kristie Carter said. The jail has recently seen…

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Thacker named MPS 2021-22 District TOY

Mustang Public Schools’ Board of Education recognized the 2020-2021 District Teacher of the Year Lauren Thacker at Monday night’s meeting. “My first thought upon winning was, ‘Really? THIS year?’” said Thacker. “Of the years I’ve been teaching, this is the one in which I feel the least effective. I think all teachers are in the…

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Defendant ‘remorseful’ in death of Mustang native

Five witnesses gave their testimonies April 2 during a preliminary hearing regarding the death of Marissa Murrow, 19, of Mustang. Malcolm Penney, 40, of Oklahoma City was charged Oct. 21, 2020 with second-degree murder and leaving the scene of a fatality accident. Local teacher Rachel Thomas was the first to testify. Around midnight Oct. 3,…

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Excellence recognized by council

Awards of city employee excellence were presented at the Tuesday night Mustang City Council meeting. Mustang American Legion Post 353 sponsors three employee awards. The first award of 2021 Firefighter of the Year was presented to Cpl. Josh Moore. Fire Chief Craig Carruth said Moore started working with the department in 2008. “Cpl. Moore continues…

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Bond issue falls short

Mustang Public Schools’ $10.9 million bond issue failed to meet the 60% requirement to pass Tuesday. The bond aimed to make the district 1-1, which would provide a tablet to each student. Other areas that would have been addressed with the bond included renovating HVAC systems throughout the district, roofing and paving, new textbooks and…

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