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Osborn leads GRDA sale initiative, eyes $900 million hole as house budget chair Canadian County’s very own Rep. Leslie Osborn is leading the charge, during the state’s economic downturn, to come up with creative ways to protect core government services. The District 47, Mustang-area representative was recently appointed as House chair of the Appropriations &…

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All Aboard!

Train hobby helps couple enjoy their golden years Hobbies are a dime a dozen. But for Don Harris, his hobby is a labor of love shared by him and his wife, Pat. Harris, 88, is described by his daughter as “the sweetest man, pa, dad, grandpa, papa, friend, mentor, etc. you will ever meet.” Kathy…

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Shop ’til they drop

Officers, youth go on holiday shopping trip of a lifetime Mustang’s generosity was on a full display Saturday during a shopping trip that brought together police officers, their families and local children. The Mustang Police Department and 19 children made up this year’s annual “Shop with an Officer” event on Dec. 10. “Due to generous…

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School, council filing period yields 2 races

The County Election Board received candidate filings for four positions between the city council and school board of education this week. Filing concluded at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and here is the final round-up of who filed. Linda Hagan will stay in her post as the city’s Ward 5 councilmember as no one else filed, the…

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Turnpike projects on hold pending lawsuit outcome

The state’s proposed extension of the Kilpatrick Turnpike is currently on hold until a court battle challenging the turnpike authority’s bonding authority is resolved. “At this time, pretty much all activity is on hold pending the outcome of the litigation in the State Supreme Court,” said Jack Damrill of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. The director…

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An Awakening of Westbury

The once lush golf course, country club is slated for new 55+ neighborhood The developer of a proposed 55 and up community will visit with the Westbury South Neighborhood Association Dec. 6. Ron Walters will meet with the WSNA at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist, 10928 SW 15th Street,…

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Bond vote date set for Feb. 14

3 new schools, performing arts center among $181.28 million proposal Mustang school board members took the plunge Monday and called for the district’s largest bond proposal in school history. Voters will decide the fate of the $181.28 million bond proposal that will build three new schools on Feb. 14 in a special election. To address…

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Unveiling of final scenarios at Town Center tonight

City and planning leaders will be on hand today at Town Center to reveal the final three scenarios in the city’s ongoing efforts to create a new comprehensive plan. At 6:30 p.m. at Town Center, the city will have a second public engagement meeting regarding the city’s IMAGINE Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will build on…

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Trump wins state, presidency

Republican Donald Trump and his vice president Mike Pence, won the presidency and Oklahoma by a land slide in the Nov. 8 general election. Trump was elected president of the U.S. The final results were announced around 1:45 a.m. Nov. 9 by all major news outlets, including The Associated Press. The presidential candidate needs 270 electoral votes to…

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Days numbered for A-F report cards

Oklahoma schools received mostly likely their last A-F report cards grades last week with Mustang schools received one A, six B’s and five C’s. Superintendent Sean McDaniel said the A-F scores to not represent the education process in Mustang Public Schools. “A-F has been and continues to be a flawed calculation and does not adequately…

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OKC still holding on to land

Council requests land be perfect rectangle for easier boundary lines The City of Oklahoma City is still holding on to 1,000+ acres located along State Highway 4 that a group of property owners are asking be annexed to Mustang. Community Development Director Melissa Helsel said Monday the City of Oklahoma City will discuss the de-annexation…

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Nightriders earn top Superior rating at OSSAA contest

  The Mustang Nightriders took superior ratings at the West OSSAA Regional Marching Contest hosted by the Yukon High School band program on Oct. 25. The Mustang Nightriders performed to the highest expectations of the judges when they took to the field performing their show “Temptress.” The students have been perfecting the show “Temptress” for…

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101 and still fishing

Local farm opens up to birthday girl, Alzheimer’s residents You are never too old to go fishing. Bernice Turndo, who just turned 101, proved just that when she went to Briscoe Barn on Oct. 19. As it turns out, the Autumn Leaves Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Center, where Turndo lives, planned the fishing trip not…

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Early voting available for Nov. 8 general election

With the Nov. 8 general election just days away, Mustang and Canadian county voters should take note of the options they have available when it comes to voting. Next week, Thursday through Saturday, the county election board, located in El Reno, will offer early voting in their office. They are located at 210 W. Rogers…

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2017 Bond Talk

Board goes over bond projects with staff, bond advisor, architects Mustang’s school board mulled over the  gritty details of the $181.28 million bond proposal in an almost three-hour long workshop Oct. 20. School capacity projections, individual project costs and possible construction sites for three new schools were discussed during the workshop. Board President Chad Fulton…

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Love thy neighbor?

City gets involved with escape gate permit, easement, fence variance requests What appears to be a dispute between neighbors has ended up being brought before the Mustang City Council. On Tuesday, councilmembers conducted the first reading of a request by Jeff Lindsay of 1250 W. Rancho Drive for the vacation of a nearby easement to…

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City names Town Center expansion projects

    The City of Mustang is looking for an architecture firm to oversee the expansion of Town Center. In August, voters approved by 55 percent extending the city’s one-cent sales tax to 2030 for $25 million in various projects including adding on to the city’s 67,000 square foot facility. Slated for the addition is…

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Historical bond vote proposed for February

Three new schools, a performing arts center and much more might soon be coming to Mustang’s growing school district. On Monday, the district announced its plans to call for a $181.28 million bond issue that voters will decide the fate of on Feb. 14. The school board did not officially call for the election in…

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Reinventing Mustang

Info. meeting reveals preliminary ideas, citizens should plan now to attend next meeting in November A public meeting to discuss Mustang’s future was filled with talk of gateways, concepts, tree, trails and more as the city’s continues its work on a new comprehensive plan. On the evening of Oct. 6, community members were able to…

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City hires new police chief

A new police chief has been selected and is slated to start Oct. 31. Robert Groseclose has a 22-year-long career in law enforcement starting as an officer in Forest Park then moving on to Spencer and the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. Then Groseclose’s first chief post was for the City of Nicoma Park before he…

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Area News

Mustang teachers to receive second raise in three months

Despite receiving a pay increase less than two months ago, Mustang school officials announced this week that pay for teachers in the district could soon increase by another $1,220. That will bring the pay for a first-year teacher with no experience to $41,220. In April, the district announced it would increase the starting pay to…

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Area Sports

Cool air helps speed cross country at COAC

By Brody Feldmann Mustang cross country competed at the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference meet last Thursday morning at Deer Creek High School. In Oklahoma, COAC is considered the toughest conference when it comes to cross country, and the Mustang harriers had some success. Mustang’s girls finished in seventh place with 176 points, one behind Edmond…

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