Canadian County

Family mourns loss of husband, father

“I forgive him,” said the widow of Ross Garrett, as she wiped tears from her eyes. The person she was forgiving is 39-year-old Justin Van Anderson, who was accused of robbing a 7-Eleven early Tuesday and shooting to death Ross Garrett. Ross Garrett was on the telephone with 911 operators reporting the robbery when shots…

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No injuries reported following bus accident

No students were injured in a Mustang school bus that was involved in a chain-reaction accident Friday morning, officials said. The accident occurred on Mustang Road just north of SW 59th Street. “We’re thankful that damage to the bus was minimal, so that it was able to complete its route,” spokesman Kirk Wilson said. School…

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Mustang Trails Elementary students honor veterans

While sleet and icy rain pummeled the roof and walls of Mustang Trails Elementary School, the students sat and listened, with rapt attention, of the sacrifices made for their freedoms. Monday, teachers, students and guests presented songs, information and testimony to honor veterans and educate each other about members of the United States Armed Forces.…

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Board member complains about construction issues

The Mustang school district has been building at a rapid pace with money from a $180 million bond issue that voters approved in 2017. Some growing pains have come with the work, and school board member Jeff Landrith is unhappy about them. He’s especially upset that the punch list for the new science academy had…

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Bronco harrier repeats as state champion

EDMOND — For Mustang High junior runner Gabe Simonsen, it was just another day at the office. Simonsen’s office, of course, is wherever he runs and on Saturday, it was the season’s biggest show — the Class 6A state cross-country championships at Edmond Santa Fe High School. Simonsen defended his state title in the 3.1-mile…

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Group returns historic jail to county

OKARCHE — Preservation El Reno has given up on its goal of restoring the original Canadian County jail and has turned it back to the county commissioners. Meeting in Okarche Monday evening, the commissioners agreed to release the group from its 99-year lease on the historic building. The decision frees up the county to make…

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Mustang harriers reassigned to east regional

Mustang High School’s cross country teams are excited about competing Saturday in regionals, but part of that exhilaration comes from the venue. Originally, Mustang’s harriers were assigned to participate in the Class 6A west regional in Norman, but the Oklahoma Secondary School Activity Association reassigned MHS to Sand Springs. “With a strong west half of…

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Badges on buses program to expand

Canadian County’s sheriff says beginning next month his deputies will team up with officers from the Mustang and Yukon school districts in an effort to stop drivers who pass school buses that are loading and unloading children. Chris West said the effort began last spring when the Yukon Police Department and the Yukon School District…

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City celebrates 50th birthday

By CHRIS EVERSOLE newseditor@mustangnews.info The city of Mustang is recognizing the 50th anniversary of the city’s incorporation this week. The Mustang Mirror that was published the week before Gov. Dewey Bartlett signed the city charter on Oct. 17, 1969, offered this explanation: “Mustang Mayor James M. Hamilton announced Monday that Governor Bartlett will sign the…

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Festivities planned for city’s 50th birthday

By CHRIS EVERSOLE newseditor@mustangnews.info The city of Mustang has planned a series of events next week in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. The events include: • Birthday breakfast celebration – Monday Past and present city leaders, along with other community leaders, will kick off the events. Breakfast will be provided by…

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