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Legislators seek to continue boosting education in state

  Education took center stage at the Mustang Legislative Breakfast on Tuesday. Four legislators who represent parts of the Mustang school district applauded gains in school funding over the past two years but said more needs to be done. Sen. Lonnie Paxton noted that U.S. News & World Report ranks Oklahoma at 47th among states…

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Rooney delivers annual update

  Editor’s Note: Mustang City Manager Timothy Rooney presented his state of the city address at the Mustang Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 23. Below are excerpts. I am blessed with an amazing staff that consistently, and without reservation, explores ways in which to stretch themselves and our organizations – be it through innovation,…

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Local lawmakers preprare for start of legislative session

With the 2020 session of the Oklahoma Legislature scheduled to start next week, two local lawmakers are preparing for their sophomore year. Reps. Jay Steagall and Denise Crosswhite Hader have each filed at least three pieces of legislation they hope to move forward this year. The session begins Monday. Both have filed several bills. However,…

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OKC man acquitted in Yukon bank robbery

An Oklahoma City man faces up to life in federal prison after being convicted of committing three bank robberies as part of a two-month crime spree. Dwayne Edward Rasmussen, 55, was convicted of committing robberies in Chickasha and Oklahoma City. He also was a suspect in a robbery that occurred at the RCB Bank at…

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Television station honors Yukon firefighter

A firefighter gets used to showing up all too often on someone’s worst day, said Yukon Fire Battalion Chief Kent Long. Then in a bad situation, getting the chance to help someone in need has been rewarding during his 28-year firefighting career in Yukon, Long said. Long, 51, who responded to the Alfred P. Murrah…

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Chiariello named Miss Mustang

Haylee Chiariello won Miss Mustang 2020, and Lexi Sendall won Outstanding Mustang Teen 2020. They were crowned Saturday by 2019 Miss Mustang Jaci Deitrick and 2019 Outstanding Mustang Teen Mackenzie Chandler during the Miss Mustang Scholarship Pageant at the Venue building of the Bridge Church. Emily Yannatone was the runner-up for Miss Mustang. More than…

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High bids alter animal shelter plans

City staff has adjusted its plan for a new animal shelter because bids came in above budget, the Mustang City Council learned at a special meeting Tuesday. Despite the adjustments, the project is expected to cost more than the $1.3 million staff had projected, said Police Chief Robert Groseclose, who supervises Animal Control. The new…

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Work to begin on SH-4 improvements

For Shelli Selby, Wednesday was an emotional day. Selby was among the officials who participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a long-awaited road project on the northern edge of Yukon. The ceremony, which was held just south of Wilshire Boulevard, marked the beginning of a project that will transform State Highway 4 into what is…

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Lady Broncos fall to Sapulpa in title game

Sapulpa made plays on several critical possessions in the fourth quarter and was able to turn back Mustang’s Lady Broncos, 59-52, Saturday in the championship game of the Skiatook Tournament. No. 14-ranked Mustang (8-6), the defending tournament champion, trailed 45-44 entering the final quarter. But the Chieftains (7-2), rated No. 8 in Class 6A, were…

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Mustang grapplers place third at Geary meet

Mustang High School’s wrestlers claimed three individual titles and placed third in the team standings last weekend at the Geary Tournament. Returning state champion Tucker Owens had perhaps the biggest victory, winning an impressive 3-1 decision in the 120-pound finals. He beat Dominic Chavez of Arlington (Texas) Martin last Saturday. Chavez is No. 13 nationally…

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Broken Arrow wrestlers overwhelm Broncos

Broken Arrow, the defending state wrestling champion in Class 6A, showed last Thursday why it is top ranked in Oklahoma’s largest class. The Tigers took down second-ranked Mustang in 10 of 14 matches, three by falls, in their 40-20 dual triumph at the Mustang High School Event Center. Bronco coach Brian Picklo was envious of…

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Woman, 75, recovering after dog attack

A 75-year-old Mustang woman was treated Tuesday for serious bites and two broken bones in her right arm that were suffered during a dog attack, her husband said. Judy Hand had gone outside from her home at 700 Songbird Way in Mustang about 6 p.m. Tuesday to get the mail when a large dog jumped…

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Board grants Bradley 5% raise

The Mustang Board of Education on Monday approved a new contract for Superintendent Charles Bradley. The contract is retroactive to Jan. 1 and runs through June 2022. It includes a 5% raise, bringing Bradley’s salary to $180,000. “We are pleased with what we have seen from Mr. Bradley,” Board President Chad Schroeder said. “He has…

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School board considers $47.5M bond issue

The Mustang Board of Education on Monday authorized Superintendent Charles Bradley to prepare a $47.5 million bond issue proposal for an April 7 election. Once the language of the proposal is ready, the board plans to hold a special meeting to potentially put it on the ballot. Mustang Public Schools urgently need this bond issue…

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County commissioners cover children’s justice center shortfall

The Canadian County commissioners on Monday transferred $150,000 from a reserve account to keep the Gary E. Miller Children’s Justice Center within budget. They took the action because monthly collections are down for the .35 percent dedicated sales tax that is the center’s primary funding source. The dip was in sales for the last 15…

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Turnpike bridge work may finish in May

Work is ahead of schedule for the rebuilding of bridges and other improvements on the John Kilpatrick Turnpike between Wilshire Boulevard and State Highway 66, an official said. “The contractor is way ahead of schedule, so we are hoping that they can complete the work in May,” said Joe Echelle, the assistant to the executive…

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Council votes to seek grant for street project

The Mustang City Council voted Tuesday to seek a federal grant that would cover most of the city’s planned improvements to SW 89th Street between Mustang Road and State Highway 4. The grant, if approved, would cover $3.7 million of the project costs, representing 80% of the portion of the work that is eligible for…

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Lady Broncos rally to win at Westmoore

Energized by the inside-outside combination of Kyra Misuraca and Jaki Rollins, Mustang’s 14th-ranked Lady Broncos rallied past No. 19 Westmoore, 57-45, on Tuesday. Rollins, the Lady Broncos’ 5-foot-8 sophomore point guard, scored seven of her 13 points in the third quarter to help blow open a close game before about 500 fans at Westmoore High…

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Hodges, Scott shine in return to Westmoore

Mustang High boys basketball coach Scott Hodges and sophomore move-in guard Ethan Scott couldn’t have scripted a more perfect homecoming. Hodges, in his first season at Mustang, coached last year at Westmoore. One of his Jaguar players was Scott, who as a freshman and was named COAC Newcomer of the Year. Scott erupted for 28…

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Memphis promotes Mustang native to assistant coach

  Former Mustang High School and Oklahoma State University football standout David Glidden’s star just keeps rising — in coaching. Glidden, a Parade All-American receiver at Mustang in 2010, played for OSU from 2011-2015. The past two seasons, Glidden was an offensive quality control analyst for then-head coach Mike Norvell’s University of Memphis Tigers. New…

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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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