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Kiwanis says goodbye to carnival

Spring carnival already cut, Western Days change final straw Mustang’s Kiwanis Club has been around longer than the city’s Western Days festival. Current President Cindy Wilkerson said it has always been the club’s main goal to serve the needs of local children and families through their weekly food pantry. To do so, though, the club…

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Sewage spill results in DEQ violation notice

Downed pumps to blame for spill that caused fish kill, creek contamination In August, the city’s wastewater treatment plant spilled sewage into a local creek after equipment malfunctioned resulting in a violation notice from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. The city may face a fine because of the spillage but City Manager Tim Rooney…

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Survey says….

City asking residents for input in new comprehensive plan The City of Mustang is asking for the community’s help in planning for the city’s future. This month in utility bills, residents will receive a survey asking for input in the city’s new “Imagine Mustang” Comprehensive Plan. Community Development Director Melissa Helsel encourages residents to be…

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State recognizes Mustang firefighters

Kevin Stoneking of the Oklahoma State Insurance Office presented a citation of congratulations on behalf of Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak. In the citation, it reads that the Mustang Fire Department proves that dedication and teamwork combined with courage, fortitude and public service, can make a positive difference in a community. It also stated that…

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Donations needed to purchase new flags, Legion says

It’s been 10 years since they have asked for help but the time has come again for the community to answer their call. Paul Ray, commander of Mustang’s American Legion Post 353, said this week the Legion will put up the “Avenue of Flags” on Mustang Road and State Highway 152 in Mustang. City crews…

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Crash with MPS bus sends 1 to hospital

MPS bus driver found not at fault; second crash for district in 1 week An Oklahoma City woman crashed her car into a Mustang school bus on Mustang Road Friday morning sending her to the hospital, according to police. Dorotha F. Parasich, 71, was driving her 2009 Hyundai Sonata northbound in the inside lane of…

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On Eagle’s Wings

Scout builds wheelchair swing in Mustang park When Kyle Brock was a Tiger Scout in 2014, he had an assignment through his Mustang Scout Pack 398 that opened his eyes to what it’s like to be handicapped. For his assignment, Kyle experienced staying in a wheelchair for a few days. While at the playground one…

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A valuable district: Increased property values could mean more bonding capacity, McDaniel says

Voter approval higher than hotel tax vote, Rooney says Just over 1,400 voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of a 1-cent sales tax extension to fund $25 million in city projects. The tax vote passed with 940 votes in favor and 489 against. This reflected a voter turnout of 10 percent…

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City’s 1-cent sales tax extension passes

 Voter approval higher than hotel tax vote, Rooney says Just over 1,400 voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of a 1-cent sales tax extension to fund $25 million in city projects. The tax vote passed with 940 votes in favor and 489 against. This reflected a voter turnout of 10 percent…

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Coming Soon

  Boone Von Tungeln surveys boxes of license plates in a storage closet at Mustang Tag Agency this week. Soon, the tags will be replaced with a new tag design unveiled this week at the state Capitol by the Oklahoma Tax Commission. (Photographer/Victoria Middleton)     State unveils new design; busy Mustang Tag set to…

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Extend or end?

Sales tax vote this Tuesday; 1 project to cost residents either way, city official says When Mustang voters head to the polls Tuesday, they will have just one item on the ballot. The city is asking for an extension of an existing 1 cent sales tax to raise $25 million for various projects. Topping the…

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Not all voters on the “yes” wagon

  Even though “Vote Yes” signs are appearing everywhere, not everyone is a supporter of the city sales tax extension that will be decided by voters Tuesday. The Mustang News received three letters to the editor in the past two weeks but the newspaper’s policy is not to run letters right before an election. Instead,…

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City’s fire safety rating gets boost

New ISO 3 rating combines with city’s efficient spending on fire services Fire services in Mustang are better than ever, according to a national study that rates fire departments. At the Aug. 2 council meeting, City Manager Tim Rooney reported that the city’s ISO rating has improved from an ISO 4 to a 3. The…

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International Matters

Local families needed to host global students Curiosity. It’s what brings young people from around the globe to the United States every year, including right here in Mustang, as foreign exchange students. Last year, local families hosted students that attended Mustang and Putnam City High School. They included John and Kim Koumbis, the owners of…

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Progress is messy

Road work continues in city neighborhoods Road improvements in Mustang are underway with one almost complete and two others about to start. Assistant City Manager Justin Battles said a new asphalt overlay of Heights Drive is nearing completion and should be done the week of Aug. 8. He said weather delayed the project some and…

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Just a ‘little’ thanks

Daycare gives back to the blue A daycare paid it forward to the men and women in blue at the Mustang Police Department with cookies, handmade cards and gift cards. In return, they received warm smiles from officers, repeated thank you’s and a tour of the police station. On Friday, July 29, Deb’s Little Darlin’s…

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A Mustang Evolution

Events, department going strong with community support Mustang Parks and Recreation continues to grow and evolve throughout the years. Parks and Recreation began in 1998 in a different location after city officials attended a conference in 1997 and thought it was something Mustang needed, Assistant Director Jean Heasley said. The baseball and softball fields opened…

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Long Overdue

MPD holds promotion, recognition ceremony The Mustang Police Department came together Monday for an overdue celebration for multiple awards and a promotion. “We’re here today to celebrate lots of things that have happened here  at the Mustang Police Department in the past few months,” Police Chief Chuck Foley said as he began the ceremony. “We…

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Bailey placed on admin leave

  Mustang Athletic Director absent as fall sports season arrives Mustang Athletic Director Chuck Bailey has been placed on an administrative leave of absence, according to the Mustang Public Schools Superintendent’s office Wednesday. Neither Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel or Bailey were able to comment on the matter after being reached by the Mustang News. Bailey…

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Let’s get muddy for MDA

Event returns this weekend to city More than 1,000 Oklahoma citizens will travel to Mustang to play in the 15th Annual Mankind United to Destroy Dystrophy (M.U.D.D.) Volleyball Tournament this Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24. In 2015, the tournament featured 130 independent, business and corporate teams who battled for first place in shin-deep…

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Area News

Mustang city council gets sticker shock from animal shelter proposed cost

By Chris Eversole Mustang City Council members expressed surprise Tuesday about an increase in the budget for upgrading the city’s animal shelter. In the year that city staff has been working on the project, the estimated cost has grown from the original $250,000. Now, the cost for the building’s shell is estimated at $421,000, and…

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Area Sports

TOUGH LOSS

By Brody Feldmann Mustang volleyball’s spectacular season came to an end on Tuesday night to the hands of the Jenks Trojans in the regional finals. Mustang went into the regional championship on a three-game winning streak, Yukon (3-1), Putnam City West (3-0) and Union (3-2). “They had a great season. We tried to emphasize that…

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