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Yukon Sharing’s annual food basket drive nears completion

Thursday, volunteers crowded into the back room of Yukon Sharing to pack holiday meals for those in need. Rows of brown paper bags lined the floor, slowly filling with food items like canned vegetables, boxes of stuffing and easy-to-make desserts. Meat and any other perishable items will be added separately on Saturday, when recipients come…

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MHS boys top Enid, give new coach first win

The Mustang Broncos presented basketball coach Scott Hodges with his first victory at MHS in their opener at the Woodward Tournament on Thursday night. Guard Ethan Scott, a sophomore move-in from Westmoore, erupted for 34 points as Mustang outgunned the Enid Plainsmen, 79-65. MHS played the OKC Storm in the semifinals at 5:10 p.m. Friday.…

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Mustang snags new softball coach

Robert Foreman, Mustang High School’s athletic director, has continued his quest to assemble one of the best young coaching staffs in the state. Monday, at its monthly meeting, the Mustang School Board approved Foreman’s selection of Lacy Darity to be the high school’s new head softball coach. “Lacy was our top candidate from the beginning…

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Girls push defending champs

NORMAN — Mustang High’s girls basketball team threatened to upset the defending Class 6A state champion Norman Lady Tigers on their homecourt Tuesday night. Mustang trailed most of the way but made it a nip-‘n-tuck contest in the second half. Mustang grabbed a 46-45 lead on Talia Pogi’s 3-pointer with 4:09 left in the game.…

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Broncos boys dig early hole, fall to Norman

NORMAN — Falling behind early has become a bad habit for Mustang High’s boys basketball team. The Broncos surrendered 22 points in the first quarter and trailed by as much as 14 late in the second period in a 75-68 loss Tuesday to the Norman Tigers. Ben Emmert, a 6-foot-5 senior center, scored 20 of…

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Victim’s daughter: Banner intersection upgrades should have happened sooner

The Oklahoma Department of Trans-portation will improve safety at the dangerous intersection of State Highway 66 and Banner Road, officials said Monday. First, it will install a four-way stop within the next 45 to 60 days. Later, it will place a traffic signal at the intersection between Yukon and El Reno. Typically, installing a new…

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Mustang’s Blankenship named district’s coach of the year; seniors receive all-district honors

An exemplary football season by Mustang High School’s first-year coaching staff has earned Lee Blanken-ship selection as The Oklahoman’s District 6A-1 Coach of the Year. Blankenship guided the Broncos to a 7-4 record and their first postseason appearance since 2016. “It’s an honor to be selected coach of the year,” Blankenship said. “There are so…

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Pursuit suspect to spend birthday behind bars

One person is in custody following a Wednesday morning pursuit through Yukon and Mustang that spanned 50 miles and resulted in multiple crashes and grass fires. Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokes-woman Sarah Stewart said the chase began in Oklahoma City’s jurisdiction and was initially called off, but the suspect, later identified as Eddy Wayne Currey, 27,…

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Federal lawsuit challenges county detention system

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma announced Wednesday it has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Canadian County pretrial detention system, which it claims unconstitutionally jails hundreds of prisoners annually. “The pretrial jailing of innocent people in Canadian County is a violation of the U.S. Constitution,” state ACLU Director Ryan Kiesel said at a…

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No injuries after fire damages Yukon apartment

Several families were briefly displaced early Thursday after a fire swept through an apartment in Yukon, officials said. Yukon Fire Chief Shawn Vogt said the fire was reported just after midnight at the Cedar Creek Apartments, 404 S. Second. The fire was in a second-floor apartment, Vogt said. The fire chief said when crews arrived…

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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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Pairings announced for holiday hoops classic

The pairings for the second annual Cornerstone Mustang Holiday Classic basketball tournament have been announced. Robert Foreman, Mustang’s athletic director, released the tournament bracket Nov. 6 during a luncheon in the Mustang High School Event Center hospitality room. The classic is Dec. 26-28. Mustang’s Lady Broncos will face Verdigris at 7 p.m. Dec. 26 in…

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Lankford calls for increased civility

U.S. Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma moved flawlessly from one subject to another – from China to prescription drugs to impeachment – at Tuesday’s Mustang’s Positive Posse. Lankford delayed his flight to Washington following Veterans Day to chat with the longstanding discussion group that meets at 8 a.m. Tuesdays at the Mustang Town Center. The…

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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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Mustang awaits Trojans in playoff opener

Jenks’ Trojans will visit Mustang at 7 p.m. Friday for a first-round Class 6A playoff game after extending one of Oklahoma’s most amazing prep football streaks last week. The Trojans (6-4, 5-2 in 6A-2), winners of five of their last six games, crushed visiting Westmoore, 44-15, to qualify for the postseason playoffs for the 31st…

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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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Building permit software upgrade to improve service

The city of Mustang is upgrading its software for building permits to accommodate the increasing growth in town. The improvement will increase efficiency and will be more user-friendly, Community Development Director Melissa Helsel said. Tuesday, the city council approved a contract with the existing software vendor, Tyler Technologies, to enhance the software at an initial…

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Investigators unable to determine cause of Friday Mustang house fire

Fire destroyed a home at 530 S. Shepherd Court in Mustang Friday. Flames reached a neighboring home, but firefighters quickly extinguished them, Mustang Fire Chief Craig Carruth said. Investigators were unable to determine the cause of the fire, he said. Fire crews from Oklahoma City and Yukon assisted the Mustang Fire Department through mutual aid…

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Mustang wrestlers begin bid for title

Brian Picklo, Mustang High’s head wrestling coach, has been working the past four years to change the culture of his team. This season, Picklo feels he has the type of team he can take into battle with Oklahoma’s Class 6A powers and challenge for the championship. Mustang began grappling with that mission Saturday, winning seven…

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Mustang to visit Moore’s Lions following 37-34 road win

The Mustang Sack Exchange helped put Putnam City North’s football team out of business in last week’s 37-34 road win. The Broncos sacked Panther quarterback Aaron Norment 10 times. They may need a similar type of effort at 7 p.m. Friday when they visit Moore’s Lions. Defensive tackle Jett Woodward and linebacker Bradyn Jarman had…

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Area News

Federal lawsuit challenges county detention system

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma announced Wednesday it has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Canadian County pretrial detention system, which it claims unconstitutionally jails hundreds of prisoners annually. “The pretrial jailing of innocent people in Canadian County is a violation of the U.S. Constitution,” state ACLU Director Ryan Kiesel said at a…

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Area Sports

Broncos look to rebound after first loss

By BOB CRAMER bcramer@mustangnews.info Head football coach Lee Blankenship and his staff have been working this week to rectify mistakes that led to Mustang’s second-half collapse in its loss to Westmoore. They’ve done so in preparation for District 6A-1 play. It gets underway at 7 p.m. Friday against Norman North at Bronco Stadium. It also…

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