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State Supreme Court rejects oil company’s appeal

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer The Oklahoma Supreme Court has refused to hear an oil and gas company’s appeal of the City of Mustang’s restrictions on two proposed oil and gas wells. The Supreme Court’s ruling was brief, stating “petitioner’s application to assume original jurisdiction is denied.” The refusal to hear the appeal is a…

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McDaniel named OKCPS superintendent

By Chris Eversole, Contributing Writer Mustang Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel was named superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools in a 5-2 vote at a board meeting at 3 p.m. today. The job takes him from a district of about 11,000 students to one of 46,000. McDaniel has been Mustang superintendent since 2012. He…

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McDaniel set to leave Mustang for Oklahoma City Public Schools

By Chris Eversole Staff Writer Mustang Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel is expected to be named superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools at a board meeting at 4 p.m. today, various news organizations report. The job would take him from a district of about 11,000 students to one of 46,000. McDaniel has been Mustang…

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Schools reap benefits of credit rating

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer The outstanding credit rating of Mustang Public Schools – a rarity among Oklahoma school districts – paid off Tuesday. The board of education approved a $10.9 bond package at a 2.3 percent interest rate and a $920,000 bond package at 3.1 percent. The rates were this low because Standard and…

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Tiffany Jones named Mustang Chamber of Commerce’s outstanding member for 2018

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer In 2011, Tiffany Jones was a shy 19-year-old when Robert Crout saw something special in her and hired her as his secretary for Crout Companies. “I answered an ad, and he pretty much hired me on the spot,” she said. Today, she’s an accomplished business executive, taking responsibilities for land…

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Track, field teams shine in COAC meet

By MICHAEL KINNEY Contributing Writer MOORE — The Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference could easily be described as the most talented track and field conference in the state. With the likes of Edmond Santa Fe, Southmoore, Edmond North, Mustang and Moore, they have many athletes who are expected to shine at the state meet. When they…

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Girls soccer ends Yukon’s season

By MICHAEL KINNEY Contributing Writer Maddison Oliver couldn’t have asked for a better gift for her senior year. After losing to Yukon during the regular season, the soccer gods gave Oliver and her Mustang teammates another shot at their rivals in the first round of the playoffs. This time, with their season on the line,…

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Former fire chief added to Hall of Fame

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Arlon Hadlock, Mustang’s first full-time fire chief, was named to the Mustang Hall of Fame at the Mustang Chamber of Commerce annual banquet last week. “It was a nice surprise,” he said. “I didn’t expect because I had retired so long ago.” Hadlock and his family moved to Mustang in…

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Mustang teacher reunites with former student during walkout

By LARISSA COPELAND News Editor When Mustang kindergarten teacher Davette Ravencraft went to the state Capitol last month to participate in a teacher walkout, she had mixed feelings. “If we didn’t do something, nothing was going to get done,” she said. “They’ve promised and promised, and we’ve believed and believed, but nothing has ever happened.”…

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Firefighters honored for saving Mustang man

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer The Mustang City Council honored six of the city’s firefighters on Tuesday for helping save the life of a resident. The six responded Dec. 22 to the home of Mark Hutchinson, who was then 60, and found that he was not breathing and didn’t have a pulse, Fire Chief Craig…

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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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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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Survivors speak out during candlelight vigil

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

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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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Filing continues

At least one county official has drawn a challenger in the upcoming primary election. County Treasurer Carolyn Leck filed for re-election early Wednesday. She also drew a challenger. Marti Bold, a Republican from Yukon, also is seeking the seat. Also filing for office was Matt Wehmuller, who is the incumbent county assessor. Neither of the…

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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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Area News

McDaniel named OKCPS superintendent

By Chris Eversole, Contributing Writer Mustang Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel was named superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools in a 5-2 vote at a board meeting at 3 p.m. today. The job takes him from a district of about 11,000 students to one of 46,000. McDaniel has been Mustang superintendent since 2012. He…

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Area Sports

Track, field teams shine in COAC meet

By MICHAEL KINNEY Contributing Writer MOORE — The Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference could easily be described as the most talented track and field conference in the state. With the likes of Edmond Santa Fe, Southmoore, Edmond North, Mustang and Moore, they have many athletes who are expected to shine at the state meet. When they…

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