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Businesswoman opens coffeehouse to help DHS kids

For Rachel Goble, it’s a dream come true. The Red Bird Coffee House, 812 W. Main St., is open for business. And after a soft opening that’s lasted a couple weeks, business is booming. “It’s incredibly encouraging and exciting, and overwhelming in the sense that I’m having to learn quickly, and I’m trying to do…

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Plan outlines Yukon’s possible future

Yukon officials have gotten a glimpse of what the future could hold for the city as part of a comprehensive plan that was recently unveiled to the planning commission. The 2040 Compre-hensive Plan took more than a year to develop and is seen as a blueprint for Yukon’s future. The plan was developed by Johnson…

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OKC man sentenced in deadly March 2017 crash

An Oklahoma City man has been sentenced to prison after entering a blind plea to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in connection with an accident that killed a Yukon woman and her daughter. Justin Lane Prater, 26, entered his plea on Wednesday before Canadian County District Judge Paul Hesse. Prater was charged in connection with…

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Shoes for Kids works to meet students’ needs

While many area students’ classes might look very different this year, one thing has not changed: their need for shoes. One local organization is working to ensure that each student has a pair of quality footwear to help get them through the new school year. Carolyn Terrell, project leader for Shoes for Kids, said she…

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School chief answers questions

Yukon’s superintendent apologized, but said he doesn’t have a good answer for families who will need to stay home with their children while they are going through the district’s continuous learning plan. Dr. Jason Simeroth made his comments during a “town hall” format video chat with district communications manager Larrissa Lockwood. Lockwood, over the past…

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Mayor’s police report against lawmaker released

A one-paragraph police report that was filed by Yukon’s mayor against a member of the Oklahoma House of Repre-sentatives has been released publicly. Shelli Selby filed the report last week against Jay Steagall, a Yukon business owner and member of the state House. Selby claims in the report that Steagall has harassed her for political…

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Medical issue cited in deputy’s fatal crash

A Canadian County deputy likely suffered a medical episode that caused a crash in February that claimed her life, officials said Monday. Detective Brian Fowler, an investigator with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said Lt. Shirley Lanning may have suffered a stroke or a transient ischemic attack before the Feb. 14 accident on Northwest Expressway…

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Yukon schools’ start date moved

As part of its plan to implement its continuous learning plan, the Yukon School District has pushed back the start of classes to Aug. 24. This is the second time the start of school has been moved. Originally, classes were to begin Aug. 13. However, they were moved to Aug. 20 during the July school…

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Mustang band drops its nickname

By SHANE SMITH For The Mustang News After more than four decades of being known as the “Nightriders,” the Mustang High School band will have a new nickname beginning this fall. Officials announced this week that because of concerns about the Nightriders’ history, the Nightrider nickname is being dropped. A Google search reveals that one…

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Citing pandemic, chamber cancels Western Days

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of festivals and events across the state, and Mustang’s Western Days is the latest casualty. The Mustang Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that it has canceled this year’s celebration, which had been planned for Sept. 11-12. “With sadness, after much consideration and stakeholder input, the Mustang Chamber Board…

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Yukon business owner brings home brachiosaurus

For Lyle Jameson, it was a Jurassic undertaking. The 27-foot brachiosaurus statue had been stationed alongside Interstate 35 for more than two decades, serving as a roadside attraction and attention-getter for Statuary World. The business has since closed, but the dinosaur – nicknamed Big Jim – remained, and was part of an auction of remaining…

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Fifth COVID-related death reported in Canadian County

Piedmont is the latest Canadian County community to report a death related to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oklahoma State Health Department reported the death on Tuesday as one of 15 COVID-19-related deaths across the state. The victim is identified only as a female in the 65-and-older category from Canadian County. However, Tuesday’s list…

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Heavy rains lead to area water rescues, keeping firefighters busy

Heavy rains that inundated the area throughout Monday and Tuesday morning kept rescue crews from Yukon and Oklahoma City busy. According to the state’s Mesonet site, Yukon received more than five inches of rain during the 24-hour period, and more is expected. Officials with the Yukon Fire Department said their crews responded to at least…

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Scaled-down fair planned for county

The Canadian County Free Fair will move forward in August, but in a significantly scaled-down fashion. The county’s fair board voted Thursday to let the fair continue. However, only the livestock portion of the fair will be held. Even that, according to the fair board, will be scaled back to a “show and go” format.…

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Assistant coach clears personal obstacles

Lee Blankenship calls Kyle Hale, the Broncos’ new secondary coach, an “overcomer.” Hale, a former Oklahoma State University walk-on, has overcome much during his life— on and off the football field. Hale’s positive attitude and playing and coaching experience are what Mustang High School’s head football coach appreciates most. “I am fired up to have…

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Mustang player nets national honors

The United Soccer Coaches last week announced their All-America high school teams for the winter and spring seasons of the 2019-2020 school year. Mustang High School’s Isaias Silva, who will be a senior forward during the upcoming season, was one of 19 boys and 26 girls named to the organization’s national teams. Silva and former…

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Mustang schools issue mask mandate

In a nearly four-hour meeting Monday, the Mustang Board of Education voted unanimously to require masks for students and staff from the fifth grade through high school when school opens. Teachers in lower grades will be required to wear masks and to encourage students to do so, but the board members recognized that keeping masks…

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Yukon man executed for role in triple murder

A former Yukon resident was executed early Tuesday for his role in the 1996 torture and murder of a family in Arkansas. Daniel Lee Lewis was put to death at 7:08 a.m. at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. His death came almost 24 hours after a federal judge in Washington, D.C., had halted…

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Officers in fatal shooting identified

By SHANE SMITH For The Yukon Review The Mustang Police Department identified Thursday five officers who were involved in a shooting June 5 that left a Yukon man dead. Police Chief Robert Groseclose identified the officers as Sgt. David Hanson, Sgt. Ben Brauer, officer Ben Trujillo, John Gibson and William Carpenter. Who fired the fatal…

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County to seek COVID-19 funds

County officials are hoping to recoup some of the expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The money would come from Oklahoma’s portion of the federal coronavirus aid, relief and economic security (CARES) act. The county commissioners, during their meeting Monday, authorized emergency management director Andrew Skidmore to begin the application process for reimbursement. Skidmore said…

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Mustang police chief discusses use of force

The Mustang Police Department follows the national standard of use of force continuum, which provides guidelines for how much force to use against a resisting subject. “The Supreme Court standard is the minimum amount of force necessary to affect arrest,” said Mustang Chief of Police Robert Groseclose. “Every situation is different — sometimes you tell…

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