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Student equipment manager helped keep program going

Mustang High School head football coach Lee Blankenship and his staff have nicknamed him “Hand,” as in a cowboy “top hand” at a ranch. His name is Justin Wylder. He’s the energetic sophomore student assistant/equipment manager who has helped keep Mustang’s football operation running smoothly behind the scenes. This time of the school year, Wylder…

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Mustang prepares to implement distance learning

Mustang Public Schools officials say they’re feeling an esprit de corps as they prepare to launch distance learning for the district’s 12,361 students beginning Monday. “There’s a feeling of ‘we’ve got this,’” spokesman Kirk Wilson said. Administrators are working around the clock to devise curriculum and educational delivery methods, he said. They have three objectives…

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Broncos produce collegiate sports signees

Head coach Lee Blankenship’s first Mustang High School football team built a solid foundation for the program with a senior-laden class. Now, Mustang soon will bid farewell to 33 seniors, including 17 starters. At least nine players expect to be playing in college next season, including two in other sports. They led Mustang’s football program…

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Student input sought for post-COVID prom, mobile meals units launched

When it comes to the 2020 Mustang High School prom, officials are falling on the school’s greatest resource — its students. “Ceremonies and rites of passage are going to look very different,” said Mustang Superintendent Charles Bradley during a live-streamed special board meeting Tuesday. “It’s unfortunate for kids, and it’s unfortunate to parents.” Prior to…

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Mustang businesses respond to crisis

Mustang businesses are making adjustments to the coronavirus crisis. All America bank is working with borrowers, said President Wade Huckabay. “They seem to be concerned about short-term cashflow obligations,” he said. “They’re asking to adjust their payments anywhere from two months to four months at this point in time. “So far, we are successful in…

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Board votes to delay $47M bond election

The Mustang School Board voted Tuesday to postpone its $47 million bond election to Aug. 25. The election had originally been set for April 7. Before voting, Superintendent Charles Bradley laid out the board’s options, which included canceling the election altogether and revisiting it at a later date, or postponing the vote. Bradley provided the…

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Bars, restaurant owners gear up for petition drives

A group of bar and restaurant owners and managers say the law governing when restaurants and bars in Canadian County can begin serving alcohol on Sunday needs to be changed. This week, they met to begin the process of bringing the question to voters. Currently, restaurants and bars in Canadian County can not sell alcohol…

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Yukon man reunited with jacket worn in World War II

John Radcliff wasn’t exactly sure the jacket that arrived in the Priority Mail package was truly his, but it had his name written in it. It’s an old Marine jacket that the sender believed belonged to Radcliff when he was serving in the U.S. Navy during 1945. Radcliff wasn’t so sure, until he saw his…

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Yukon faces COVID-19 challenges

As of Friday, there were no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Yukon, though there were two cases in Canadian County. Officials with the state health department said they could not reveal where the infected persons live, or, for that matter, how old the victims were. However, City Manager Jim Crosby said he was not…

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City, schools make emergency plans

Mustang city and school officials have responded to the coronavirus crisis by closing activities while providing help with meals for people to pick up. In addition, Mustang Public Schools are making plans to launch web-based teaching tools. The schools, which were closed this week for spring break, will stay closed through April 6, spokesman Kirk…

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Banner roundabout project placed on hold

The Canadian County commissioners on Monday tabled a proposal to help fund a roundabout at State Highway 66 and Banner Road. The county’s share, $94,000, would fund the design work on the roundabout, Commission Marc Hader said. “It would get us in the queue to get this done, possibly within this calendar year,” he said. Commissioners David Anderson…

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MHS Project Graduation asks for help from the community

It’s an uncertain time for students in Oklahoma, with classes canceled until at least April 6, but Mustang’s Project Graduation team is still raising funds to put on a post-graduation party for seniors. There are a lot of ifs for this year’s celebration. Classes could resume April 6, and graduation could take place as scheduled.…

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Groups seek vote on Sunday liquor sales

Two groups want to modify Sunday liquor sales in Canadian County. One group is circulating petitions to put two questions on the ballot – one intended to allow bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks earlier than the current 2 p.m. A second petition seeks to allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays. That…

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Stakeholders work together on response

Emergency responders, members of the medical community and other stakeholders in the coronavirus crisis met Tuesday at the El Reno Public Safety Center. Representatives of the Oklahoma Department of Health provided an update on the statewide response to the threat of the disease. This was the start of ongoing collaboration, but future meetings might be…

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Stitt pushes effort to help state’s vulnerable residents

By SHANE SMITH El Reno Tribune EL RENO — Gov. Kevin Stitt wants us all to be neighbors. Stitt spoke Friday at Youth and Family Services, detailing his Be a Neighbor initiative, a program intended to help some of the most in need and vulnerable in the state. Stitt said people can get involved with…

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Virus emergency declared in Yukon

With the first case of COVID-19 being reported in Canadian County on Monday, the city of Yukon has declared a state of emergency. Yukon is the latest city across the state to do so in an effort to negate the health threat created by the coronavirus. Meanwhile, schools across the state, including those in Yukon,…

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Students taking travel risks face quarantine

Mustang Public Schools officials will require a 14-day quarantine of any students who travel over spring break to a country with a moderate to high threat of the spread of coronavirus. The district notified parents of the policy through an email Monday that stated, “providing a safe and healthy learning environment is our utmost priority.”…

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Goodwill opens Mustang store

Goodwill will open its new Mustang store on Thursday, serving local shoppers and providing jobs to people who need help. Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma decided to open the store at 200 N. Mustang Road because of the community’s support, said Solara Sain, the organization’s vice president for retail. Its donation center near the Mustang…

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Board considers reducing test exemptions

The Mustang Board of Education on Monday discussed potentially toughening the school district’s policy on final exams to make it more in keeping with the policies in other area schools. Superintendent Charles Bradley said officials are still working on the policy and that he could bring it to the board for final approval as early…

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MHS slow-pitch softball set to open season

Mustang High School’s spring slow-pitch softball program opens its season next week with interim head coach Geoffrey Davis at the helm. The Lady Broncos host Purcell in the season opener at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Mustang Softball Complex. At 4:30 p.m. the next day, Mustang travels to Southmoore for its road opener. The Lady…

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MHS employee thwarts kidnapping attempt

Mustang High School paraprofessional Bobby Jackson is being extra vigilant of his grandchildren after he helped foil an attempted kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl east of Yukon. Jackson and his wife, Christa, were driving west on N.W. 23rd Street around 5 p.m. on May 13, on their way to get a bite to eat, when…

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