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At just 5 years old, Jack Reaves has had to fight harder than some people ever will. Jack has special needs, but no one knows what he has because he has an undiagnosed neuromuscular disease. The disease makes Jack’s muscles extremely weak and all his muscles are affected. Jack has trouble with people understanding his…

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Softball coach honored by league, family

A normal game day turned into a nightmare for the Sweet Thunder softball team. Coach and dugout mom Carla Kudrna, 37, suddenly had a seizure in the dugout around 8 p.m. at their game on April 22. She was then rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead around noon April 23. It was later…

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Run to Remember: Mustang firefighters walk half marathon to honor first responders

Two Mustang firefighters participated in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon as a way to honor those first responders at the scene of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Firefighters Dave Small and Tanner Setliff walked the OKC Memorial half marathon, which is 13.1 miles, in full gear on Sunday, among other…

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School board approves bids, moves forward

The Mustang Board of Education hosted a special meeting last Thursday to consider three different bids for elementary No. 8 and intermediate No. 3. Both schools are set to open in July of 2018. Shannon Rigsby, communication officer for Mustang Public Schools, reported last Thursday in a bond update that after many interviews, MPS split…

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Mustang Historical Society celebrates 150th anniversary of Chisholm Trail

The Mustang Historical Society is honoring the 150th year of the Chisholm Trail with a new display room at the Mustang Historical Museum, 470 W. State Highway 152. The display room is dedicated solely to the Chisholm Trail and how it fits into the history of Mustang. It contains informative displays showing where the trail…

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Star Wars-themed event set for today

Children have the opportunity to become a certified Jedi tonight at the Community Center. Mustang Parks and Recreation will host “May the 4th Be With You” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to celebrate “Star Wars” Day. Cost is $5 per child. “Professed Star Wars Junkie—always wanted to do a Star Wars event and with some…

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MHS teacher suspended on rape allegations

A Mustang High School teacher has been suspended due to rape allegations that were made Friday. The teacher, who has not been identified, is suspended pending the outcome of an investigation. Shannon Rigsby, communications officer for Mustang Public School sent an email Monday stating a teacher had been suspended pending the outcome of investigation into…

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Loveless resigns amid investigation

In the midst of an investigation, Republican state Sen. Kyle Loveless resigned April 27, admitting he made mistakes. “I tender this resignation with much regret. Mistakes I have made are the responsibility of no one other than myself,” he wrote in his resignation letter. A criminal investigation into Loveless’ campaign finances started in February. The criminal…

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Family Outdoor Day looks to be rained out

The Mustang Public Schools Foundation and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation planned to host Family Outdoor Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Wild Horse Park, but it looks like it’ll be rained out, Director Rhonda Hurst said. There is a 90 percent chance for rain Saturday and thunderstorms are expected for the…

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Brittany’s Play Adventure becomes reality

The community came together last weekend to build an all-inclusive playground at Wild Horse Park. Brittany’s Play Adventure started as just an idea of Lynly Grider’s, founder and executive director for Mustang Parks Foundation, for her sister-in-law Brittany Grider. Brittany, 34, grew up in Mustang and now lives in Okarche at the Center of Family…

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Family Outdoor Day set for Saturday

The Mustang Public Schools Foundation and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation are hosting Family Outdoor Day on Saturday. “It’s just an opportunity to raise awareness for the Mustang Public Schools Foundation. We’re kind of getting it rolling again and trying to raise money. All the money goes back into the classrooms. We just wanted…

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Mustang pastor achieves his dreams, publishes new book

Pastor Steve Cowan recently published his first book titled Life Happens to Teach. The book reveals how Cowan has learned from life’s ups and downs and now uses those lessons to help others. “It’s always been on my heart to write a book and it’s always been one of my goals in life. I thought…

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Mustang listed in top 10 safest cities

Mustang is one of the top 10 safest cities in Oklahoma, a study shows. The city was recently ranked No. 8 by The National Council for Home Safety and Security. “It’s a great honor and I think it’s reflective of how our citizens hopefully feel when they return to Mustang at the end of the…

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Boot-Scootin’ Good Time

Mustang Chamber of Commerce members came together last Thursday for a “Boot Scootin’” good time. The Boot Scootin’ Boogie Banquet included a silent auction, jail & bail, dinner, awards, entertainment and a live auction. Entertainment included dancers Todd and Karen Wisdom, DJ and host Daymon Winborn and a Lip Sync Battle. Awards presented were to…

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Obituary: Patricia Louise (Kalka) Cummings

Patricia Louise (Kalka) Cummings, age 81, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017. She was born June 19, 1935 in White Deer, TX to Edward and Rose (Kotara) Kalka. She graduated from White Deer High School and married her love of 47 years Kenneth Cummings in 1953 and together they moved to Greenville, Mississippi where Kenneth was…

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MPS Bond projects take shape

By Shannon Rigsby Dirt work has started on the sites for elementary number eight at 44th and Czech Hall and intermediate number three at 15th and Czech Hall. Crews have cut a road for equipment into the property for elementary eight and will soon do the same for intermediate three. Both projects are set to…

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Proposed liquor laws won’t pay out for small businesses

By E.I. Hillin For more than 25 years Harry Weatherford and his family have run the liquor store on the corner of Morgan Road and State Highway 152. He said although the Oklahoma state liquor laws may have seemed outdated, they are unique in the way they promote small, family-owned businesses. “If you stop and…

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Agape House Berry Farm

By E.I. Hillin On South Czech Hall Road, past the train tracks, visitors can find long rows of what the Colston family describes as fruits of the spirit, the kind you can eat. Leslie Wakefield brought her family to Agape House Berry Farm for the first time to pick strawberries. She said she was impressed…

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Deputy of the Year

by E.I. Hillin Making sure the county is void of illegal dump sites of trash and hazardous waste materials is Deputy Jacob Briggs’ job, but his love is serving the people. “What better way to help your community than law enforcement,” he said. “I get to be that guy that people can call and count…

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My Computer Bytes

By E.I. Hillin Bill Hicks, CEO of My Computer Bytes, said he started working with computers in the early 1990s. Eventually working with computers would lead him to a career in information technology. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional and in 2010 he started an IT company out of his car. “It started out as…

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Area News

Mustang girls hoops earns first win

MOORE – Typically the biggest improvement comes between the first and second game of the season. “I think it was just a little bit of nerves and lack of confidence,” said basketball coach Kevin Korstjens. That is what the Lady Broncos basketball squad witnessed Tuesday during a 70-41 rout over the Southmoore SaberCats. The victory…

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Area Sports

Mustang’s playoff hopes have vanished

By Brody Feldmann Undisciplined penalties and an upset brought an end to Mustang footballs playoff hopes. “We have been preaching aggression the last few weeks, and when you do that you are going to get penalties,” said coach Jeremy Dombek. Mustang lost Friday to the Putnam City North Panthers, 35-19, and in Moore, the Lions…

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