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Western Days brings thousands to Mustang

Thousands attended the 45th annual Western Days Sept. 10 and 11, which made its comeback after being canceled last year, due to the pandemic. From the parade to vendor booths, food and entertainment, people shared they were happy the event was not canceled, Renee Peerman, Mustang Chamber of Commerce CEO and director, said. How significant…

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MPS experiences significant growth in primary schools

Stacy Edwards, assistant superintendent of elementary education, shared current student data in comparison to where Mustang Public Schools was after last year’s child count at Monday’s board meeting. School districts send their official student numbers to the state Oct. 1 each year, as part of the child count. As of Monday, MPS’ elementary level, which…

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Mask mandate fails at MPS elementaries

A motion to require masks at the elementary level throughout Mustang Public Schools failed at the district’s Monday Board of Education meeting. Member Jeff Landrith made the motion after inquiring if the board had plans to require masks districtwide, which would have followed four other districts throughout the state, including Yukon Public Schools. The motion…

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State legislators work to address illegal marijuana grows in Oklahoma

Editor’s note: This is the second story in a two-part series about illegal marijuana grow operations occurring across rural Oklahoma. The series explores operation details, legislation to address the issue and more. State legislators aim to address illegal marijuana grow operations during the upcoming legislative session. The operations have been increasing in rural areas throughout…

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Yukon teacher aide dies of COVID-19

Yukon Public Schools teacher aide Erin Rhodes reportedly died of COVID-19 Sunday. Rhodes worked for YPS for six years. She was a prekindergarten teacher aide at Skyview Elementary. YPS officials said their condolences go out to Rhodes’ husband, children and family. “There is no way we can express the sadness that we have as a…

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MCA National Show brings nationwide owners to Mustang

Long-time and new competitors alike rounded up their Mustangs to display at the Town Center Sept. 3-5. Three hundred and fifty Mustangs were registered for the Mustang Club of America’s National Car Show.  Midwest City resident Sonny Ricketts has participated in the national show for 20 years. “Some people go to the lake and fish,”…

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Council bids tearful farewell to city employee

City Manager Tim Rooney recognized employee Edigar Kajirwa and Lowe’s representatives for their service to Mustang at Tuesday’s council meeting. Kajirwa began his experience with the city as an intern four years ago. He started working fulltime for the city about a year ago. Rooney met Kajirwa at a University of Central Oklahoma job event.…

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Illegal marijuana operations increase across state

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series about illegal marijuana grow operations occurring across rural Oklahoma. The series explores operation details, legislation to address the issue and more. “Two years ago, people couldn’t afford their own closing cost,” local realtor Paulette Statler said. “Now, all of a sudden, I’ve never seen so…

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Turnovers costly in Cornerstone Clash loss

  It took putting the ball on the carpet three times to turn a rivalry into a rout in the 50th edition of the Cornerstone Clash. The Mustang defense matched its playmaking counterparts on the offensive side of the ball, forcing four turnovers. The result of three fumbles was 17 points of damage as the Broncos…

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Bronco playmakers shine bright in Cornerstone Clash romp

Jay Bedford celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter of Mustang’s 48-7 win against Yukon in the Cornerstone Class. Photo / Ron Lane   It took putting the ball on the carpet three times to turn a rivalry into a rout in the 50th edition of the Cornerstone Clash. The Mustang defense matched its playmaking…

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Okla. National Guard departs to assist in Ida response

Approximately 200 Army and Air National guardsmen departed Wednesday from Mustang to help Louisiana officials with Hurricane Ida response efforts. Guardsmen left from the Mustang Armed Forces Reserve Center.  The military members are expected to execute missions, including route debris clearance, security, levee reinforcement and general support operations, officials said. Oklahoma support was requested from…

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‘Quarantine opt-out’ no longer allowed at MPS

Mustang Public Schools updated its Learning Plan Aug. 27 to staff and families. Effective Aug. 28, quarantine opt-outs are no longer allowed for people who have identified as a close contact to someone with a positive COVID-19 case, officials said. The change comes after school officials received updated guidance from the Oklahoma State and Canadian…

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Officials say county should be proud of ‘mini state fair’

Canadian County experienced its largest fair in history last week, officials said. Residents from within and outside of the county enjoyed 4-H shows, a carnival, rodeo, baked goods competition and more at the 67th annual free fair Aug. 23-28. More than double the amount of previous fair attendees experienced the new Canadian County Expo Center.…

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Officials look to fill positions at county’s newest gas station

Canadian County’s newest OnCue at 15th Street and Mustang Road is projected to open in mid-September. Construction on the gas station wrapped up about four weeks ago. The location obtained a certificate of occupancy approximately a month ago, but due to labor issues, the OnCue has been unable to open. Although officials had to delay…

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County, state officials celebrate new fairgrounds

EL RENO – A dream came into fruition Monday as the new Canadian County Fairgrounds and Expo Center was unveiled to the public in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. State, county and local officials were on-hand to take part in the culmination of a project to replace what is now the 65-year-old former facility. Ground was broken…

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Child advocacy center works to reduce turmoil in minors

Canadian County’s Child Abuse Response Team, more commonly known as CART House, will celebrate its 30th birthday Saturday. The child advocacy center, which is the only one in the county, will have a dinner, drinks and dancing at its celebration that begins at 6 p.m. Canadian Square Event Center, located at 16939 E U.S. Highway…

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Residents call for cemetery changes

Long-time resident Deborah Ingle recently visited her mother’s gravesite at Mustang Cemetery and found several sentimental items were missing. After making several distraught phone calls to family members, Ingle noticed a secluded area on the southwest corner of the property. More than a dozen black trash bags were stacked behind a small fence panel. Flowers,…

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Ida’s Law authors discuss MMIP, OSBI liaison

Editor’s note: This is the final story in a three-part series about Ida’s Law, which establishes a liaison to work with law enforcement agencies and families to solve Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons cases throughout Oklahoma. The series explores Ida Beard’s story, legislation history and more. District 87 Rep. Collin Walke said Ida’s Law will…

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Mustang not partnering with Yukon for water treatment facility ‘at this time’

The City of Mustang identified in a letter to Yukon officials Aug. 2 that while the idea of a joint water treatment facility is an “excellent long-term solution,” it is a premature idea at this time. “Mustang continues to invest in its current infrastructure and must continue to do so over the next several years…

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Mustang library to go fine-free

The Mustang Public Library will be Canadian County’s first fine-free library beginning Sept. 1. For six months until March 1, 2022, the library will participate in a fine-free pilot program to determine if they would like to implement it long-term in the future. “The people who most need the library are the ones who may…

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Area News

Western Days brings thousands to Mustang

By Haley Humphrey

Thousands attended the 45th annual Western Days Sept. 10 and 11, which made its comeback after being canceled last year, due to the pandemic. From the parade to vendor booths, food and entertainment, people shared they were happy the event was not canceled, Renee Peerman, Mustang Chamber of Commerce CEO and director, said. How significant…

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Area Sports

Obituary – Anita Snyder

Anita Jeanne Snyder, 63, passed from this life on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Oklahoma City. She was born Sept. 30, 1957 in Grand Forks, ND, a daughter of the late Frank and Jeanne (Voiss) Storbakken. Raised in St. Joseph, Missouri, she moved to Oklahoma City in January 1981 with Rick, Josh and Jeremy. She…

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