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Can Mustang make history?

By Brody Feldmann Rivalries cause people to do crazy things, and the Canadian County rivalry between Mustang and Yukon keep some residents from shopping in the nearby town. It may sound crazy, but people around each town know at least one person who at one time in their life refused to shop in the neighboring…

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School board praises departing communications professional

By Chris Eversole The Mustang Board of Education on Monday praised the work of Shannon Rigsby, who has resigned as the school district’s public information officer. “She worked tirelessly to keep parents and the community informed,” Board President Jeff Landrith said. Rigsby would respond to unexpected events by posting information on social media and the…

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Mustang Public Schools enrollment higher than expected

By Chris Eversole Mustang Pubic Schools began the school year with 713 more students than at the start of the last school year – exceeding the expected growth of 400 to 450 students. The opening enrollment was 11,962, and last year’s was 11,249. “We’ve had a very smooth start,” Interim Superintendent Charles Bradley said. The…

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School board approves performing arts center plans

By Chris Eversole The Mustang Board of Education approved on Monday plans for a new performing arts center. The project budget is nearly $33.4 million, which includes building costs, architect fees and financing. It is funded by a $180 million bond issue that voters approved in February 2017. “This will be a premier performing arts…

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Fire department improving with new equipment, staff

By Chris Eversole Craig Carruth was promoted to Mustang fire chief in December, and he is as busy as can be. “When I show up, I can’t just think about my 24-hour shift,” he said. “I have to be able to project into the future. Before you know it, the future is here.” Carruth is…

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Industrial arts thriving at Mustang High School

By Chris Eversole While industrial arts training has declined at other Oklahoma Schools, Mustang High School’s program continues to be strong. Not only are Mustang students winning awards in state and national competition, but also they are landing jobs as a result of their training. Some have founded their own businesses doing work such as…

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Mustang celebrates Farmers Market Week

By Chris Eversole Wildhorse Gardens and Market was busier than normal on Saturday at the pavilions between the Town Center and community garden. The organization celebrated National Farmers Market Week with food trucks, music from the crew from the Mustang Senior Center and advice provided by Canadian County Master Gardeners. Kids activities included face painting,…

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Welcome Back

For more than 11,000 Mustang students, Thursday is the first day of the new school year. Officials with the Mustang School District said they expect last year’s enrollment of 11,434 students to be eclipsed by about 400 for the new year. According to early enrollment numbers, Mustang has 11,960 students. However, that number is expected…

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Mustang, Yukon schools drive surge in home building

By Chris Eversole Construction is booming in the Mustang and Yukon school districts, with starter homes predominating. Building within the 12 square miles of the city of Mustang illustrates the trend. Building permits within the Mustang city limits totaled 196 from July 2017 through June 2018, more than doubling the 82 building permits from July…

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Mustang football takes on fall camp

By Brody Feldmann It is football season in Oklahoma. Mustang football began fall camp on Monday, along with the rest of Oklahoma. “We are glad it is here that is for sure,” head coach Jeremy Dombek said. This season is opposite from last year, when the Broncos had a lot of familiar faces on the…

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Woman accused of manslaughter in crash

An Oklahoma City woman remains in the Oklahoma County jail accused of running over the passenger of a motorcycle and fleeing the scene. Brianne Risher, 38, is accused of manslaughter, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, transporting an open container of beer and transporting an open container of alcohol.…

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Mustang Volleyball opens season in dominant fashion

By Brody Feldmann With school just a week away, Mustang sports hit the playing field Tuesday with the Lady Broncos volleyball team defeating Moore. The Lady Lions have been a thorn in the Broncos’ side the last couple of years on the court, but that was not the case this go-around. “We do have certain…

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Hagan, who started on council in 1996, honored

By Chris Eversole The Mustang City Council gave a heartfelt goodbye on Tuesday to Linda Hagan, who resigned from the council last month for health reasons.Council member Darrell Noblitt, who served with Hagan when he was on council from 2002 to 2005, noted that Hagan had been part of many accomplishments while serving on council…

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Celebration of Life

Family and friends of Chase Ashley and the Ashley family get ready to release balloons. Photo/Courtesy By Brody Feldmann Lub-DUB, lub-DUB, that is the sound Chase Ashley’s heart makes inside of Brian Deuster’s chest 10 years after he received the 19-year-old’s heart. Ten years ago, Deuster was told that he had two weeks to live.…

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Appeals court sends fired AD case back

By Chris Eversole A federal appeals court has reversed a U.S. district courts’ ruling against fired Mustang Public Schools Athletic Director Chester “Chuck” Bailey Jr. and sent it back for a new trial. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, cited errors made by the U.S. District Court for the…

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Mustang man accused of sexual assault

A Mustang man could face up to 20 years in prison after being charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Zachary Aaron Stainkamp, 41, is charged with one count of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16. Stainkamp was charged Monday after the daughter of a friend told police that Stainkamp had touched…

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Mustang Schools select company to handle substitutes

By Chris Eversole Kelly Services will manage substitute teachers for Mustang Public School beginning in October. The school district’s new human resources director, Chris Tobler, worked out a contract with Kelly that the school board approved at a special meeting last week. Tobler wanted to ease the crunch that happens every school day – when…

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Ground Work

By Chris Eversole Meadow Brook Intermediate School has that new house smell, and teachers are gradually putting their stamp on their new digs. “We’re figuring things out, but I would be lying if I didn’t say it was a bit overwhelming,” Principal Mark Lebsack said as he handed out keys to teachers Monday. Workers are…

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Barbecue contest to aid child advocacy program

By TERRY GROOVER News Editor After more than a year of planning, the fragrance of oak, pecan and cherry wood will soon be wafting through the air near El Reno as huge smokers are fired up to benefit a local organization that helps children. All Fired Up For Kids is a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanction…

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Tate Picklo ranks as nation’s 51st best wrestler in his class

By BRODY FELDMAN Contributing Writer Mustang wrestling had an individual break into the top 100 of his class. Incoming sophomore Tate Picklo finished his freshman season with a 33-3 record and a runner-up finish at the state tournament. “It was just a testament to his hard work and how much he has been putting in.…

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Area News

Debate over Yukon schools’ day off on Election Day highlights Legislative Breakfast

  Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth and school board made the decision last May to use Election Day as a day off. Simeroth said he felt like it was the right thing to do for his teachers. “I believe we are doing the right thing,” he said Tuesday at the Legislative Breakfast in…

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Area Sports

Broncos have success at Colton Schneider Memorial

By Brody Feldmann Mustang grapplers hit the mat for the first time this season when they traveled to Edmond for the Colton Schneider Memorial Tournament. The Broncos, which bring back a lot of talent from a dual state qualifying team from last season, took 11 wrestlers to Edmond North. Out of the 11 who traveled,…

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