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Storm debris clean-up complete

The City of Mustang has completed its debris clean-up from the Oct. 26, 2020 ice storm. City Manager Tim Rooney announced the completion at Mustang City Council’s work session Tuesday. The debris passes were finished Jan. 15, he said. The city is expecting the total cost to be more than $5 million for the debris…

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MPS 2019-2020 fiscal audit in ‘good standing’

Mustang Public Schools’ Board of Education approved the financial audit for fiscal year 2019-2020 at the Monday meeting. The audit, which was performed and presented by the district’s independent auditors, certified public accountants Bledsoe, Hewett and Gullekson, was determined to be ‘good.’ However, Eric Bledsoe encouraged the district to make some improvements in the future.…

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MPS board will send $10.9 mil bond to voters

Mustang Public Schools’ Board of Education at their Monday night meeting approved sending a $10.9 million bond issue to voters. Mustang School District residents will vote on the bond April 6. School officials said the bond will allow the district to become 1-1 in terms of having devices for each student. It will also cover…

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Coach Reed moving on to college level

Head Yukon football coach and assistant athletic director Jeremy Reed will not be returning next year. Reed has taken a position at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas. Reed, who has been at Yukon since 2017, will be the college’s assistant football coach, assistant athletic director, and campus representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “I’ve loved…

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Sheriff defends D.C. rally participation

By MARK WEST [email protected] and RAY DYER The El Reno Tribune Canadian County Sheriff Chris West said he traveled to the nation’s capitol earlier this week to attend the Save America Rally, because President Donald Trump “has done so much in support of law enforcement during a very difficult time.” West has been criticized on…

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Yukon resident is named an ‘Outstanding Mentor’

Twenty-two outstanding Oklahoma mentors are being recognized by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and their community mentoring organizations during National Mentor Month in January. Among those is Kathy Hill, a sign language interpreter from Yukon. She is the outstanding mentor for House of Healing. The honored mentors were submitted by their respective mentoring organizations across…

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‘All hands on deck’ for health department

Maggie Jackson is a busy person these days. She is the engagement and planning director for Canadian County Health Department. Jackson and the other health department employees have been using all their resources to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals in the area including in Yukon and throughout Canadian County. Among duties for Jackson…

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Sunday alcohol sales petition fails to gather enough signatures

By SHANE SMITH For The Mustang News It’s been a long journey for Trey Bishop and his associates. A member of Canadian County’s Libertarian party, Bishop has spent the last few months seeking signatures for a petition regarding Sunday alcohol sales. The aim of the petition was for bars and restaurants in Canadian County to…

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Mustang first responders vaccinated

Mustang firefighters and police officers received COVID-19 vaccinations Dec. 31 at the Yukon Community Center. Fire Chief Craig Carruth said receiving the vaccine was not mandatory for all members of his department. He said many firefighters showed interest in receiving the vaccine by inquiring when it would be available to them. Carruth said he had…

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Heat lamps attributed as cause of house fire

A house fire in the Oklahoma City area south of Yukon was extinguished by the Oklahoma City Fire Department just before New Year’s Eve Dec. 30. The home in the 11600 block of SW 5th Street was unoccupied at the time. A report from the OKC fire department said the cause of the fire was…

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County health care workers, others vaccinated

Stephanie Clawson, physical therapist for Mays Home Health in Yukon, said she was relieved to receive the vaccine Dec. 31 at the Yukon Community Center. “Hopefully it will start preventing people from getting the virus,” said Clawson. “We can start resuming activities, and our patients won’t be such a high risk for contracting it, and…

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Thieves take golf cart, Gator, power tools in church break-in

A break-in sometime around Christmas at St. John’s Nepomuk Catholic Church, 600 Garth Brooks Boulevard in Yukon, resulted in the loss of several items. Maj. Matt Fairchild, Yukon Police Department public information officer, said the YPD doesn’t have any leads on suspects at this time, but YPD detectives continue to investigate. Church officials reported the…

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Foul play not expected with body found near ‘homeless’ camp

Police investigated a report of a deceased body found near N. 11th Street and Kali Ave. in Yukon on Monday, but initially believe the death is from natural causes. Major Matt Fairchild said the police department awaits a report from the medical examiner’s office, but after the investigation no foul play is expected at this…

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City council approves Kretchmar as next city manager.

Yukon’s assistant city manager Tammy Kretchmar has been hired as the next city manager in Yukon. She was unanimously approved for the position at a noon meeting of the city council today. If upcoming contract negotiations are agreed upon, she will be taking the place of outgoing city manager Jim Crosby, who announced earlier this…

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Health care workers are first in county to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

The first doses of the new COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Canadian County on Thursday at health care sites in Yukon, El Reno and Mustang. “We are excited and hope this will be getting back to some normalcy. This is the first step in dealing with this virus. I see this as a privilege to…

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Centennial receives book vending machine

Mustang Public Schools’ first book vending machine was delivered at no better time than the most wonderful time of year. Centennial Elementary is the recipient of the fourth book vending machine throughout Oklahoma school districts. The school received the machine Dec. 7. Principal Molly Wilson said Centennial was supposed to receive it by the end…

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MPS awarded grant for first air-conditioned buses

New school buses have been rolling around Mustang Public Schools’ district. For bus driver David Venters, they make all the difference. Three gasoline-fueled Blue Bird Corp. school buses equipped with air conditioners were delivered to the district in September. These are the first air-conditioned route buses to be in service for MPS. Venters, who has…

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MPS board studying smaller bond issue than previously discussed

Mustang Public Schools’ Board of Education discussed changes possibly coming to the district in the spring semester at their Monday meeting. The spring 2021 bond will be brought to the board at the Jan. 11 meeting. Superintendent Charles Bradley said the bond resolution will cover improvements to student education, such as more electronic devices and…

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MPS, Health Department hoping ISQP helps understand transmission data

Mustang Public Schools’ data from their newly implemented in-school quarantine program will possibly be the first in the nation to inform decision-making. Oklahoma Interim Health Commissioner Lance Frye told members of the press at Mustang High School Dec. 2 that the program is not an experiment, as MPS’ COVID-19 data has been identified as one…

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Santa’s Toy Shoppe will prevail

Although donations to Eastern Canadian County’s annual Santa’s Toy Shoppe are low this year because of the pandemic, the event’s Christmas spirit still lives on. The Mustang Fire Department, as well as the Yukon Fire Department, have still been collecting toy and monetary donations to provide Christmas for more than 450 children in the county.…

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Area News

Tipsy Island Margarita Lounge serves up frozen treats

By Haley Humphrey

It’s safe to say Mustang’s community was overdue for a sophisticated, yet cozy bar. Well, raise your glass to Tipsy Island Margarita Lounge. “We want (customers) to be able to come to a place and feel at home — cozy,” said owner Tammy Radney. The lounge had its to-go opening Nov. 24 and many are…

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Storm debris clean-up complete

The City of Mustang has completed its debris clean-up from the Oct. 26, 2020 ice storm. City Manager Tim Rooney announced the completion at Mustang City Council’s work session Tuesday. The debris passes were finished Jan. 15, he said. The city is expecting the total cost to be more than $5 million for the debris…

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