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Tate Publishing Founder, CEO accused of embezzlement, extortion

Richard Tate, 70, and his son Ryan Tate, 38, who operated Tate Publishing and Tate Music Group, were arrested Thursday on eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge. The charges include four felony counts of embezzlement, one felony count of attempted extortion by threat, two felony counts of extortion by threat, one felony count of…

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MPS looks to add new technology with bond

Mustang Public Schools may be potentially adding an abundance of new technology to every school in the district with the 2017 bond issue. “When you look at the scale of the bond issue that was just passed, it’s heavy on the facilities and the buildings, but one of those key components of the bond issue…

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MPS employees, retirees honored at end-of-year awards

Mustang Public Schools employees came together to celebrate teachers of the year, support employees of the year, many years of service, national certifications, rookie teacher of the year and retirees on Monday evening. “Welcome to our 2016-17 service awards celebration. We have lots of things we want to do in a short amount of time,”…

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‘True Hipsters’ run in OKC Memorial Marathon

Out of almost 800 relay groups to participate in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, the “True Hipsters” ranked 158. The True Hipsters relay group was put together by Dr. Brandon Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon for the OSSO Healthcare Network. Johnson, of Yukon, has helped numerous patients overcome their injuries. These patients in particular were told…

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Mustang PD promotes two officers

The Mustang Police Department came together last Thursday to celebrate two promotions within the department. Officers Reggie Smith and Aaron Meadows were both promoted to Corporal after meeting the required qualifications and completing the tests. “We’re here today to acknowledge both officer Smith and officer Meadows on their successful completion of the promotion process to…

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Overcoming all odds

At just 5 years old, Jack Reaves has had to fight harder than some people ever will. Jack has special needs, but no one knows what he has because he has an undiagnosed neuromuscular disease. The disease makes Jack’s muscles extremely weak and all his muscles are affected. Jack has trouble with people understanding his…

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Softball coach honored by league, family

A normal game day turned into a nightmare for the Sweet Thunder softball team. Coach and dugout mom Carla Kudrna, 37, suddenly had a seizure in the dugout around 8 p.m. at their game on April 22. She was then rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead around noon April 23. It was later…

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Run to Remember: Mustang firefighters walk half marathon to honor first responders

Two Mustang firefighters participated in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon as a way to honor those first responders at the scene of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Firefighters Dave Small and Tanner Setliff walked the OKC Memorial half marathon, which is 13.1 miles, in full gear on Sunday, among other…

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School board approves bids, moves forward

The Mustang Board of Education hosted a special meeting last Thursday to consider three different bids for elementary No. 8 and intermediate No. 3. Both schools are set to open in July of 2018. Shannon Rigsby, communication officer for Mustang Public Schools, reported last Thursday in a bond update that after many interviews, MPS split…

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Mustang Historical Society celebrates 150th anniversary of Chisholm Trail

The Mustang Historical Society is honoring the 150th year of the Chisholm Trail with a new display room at the Mustang Historical Museum, 470 W. State Highway 152. The display room is dedicated solely to the Chisholm Trail and how it fits into the history of Mustang. It contains informative displays showing where the trail…

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Star Wars-themed event set for today

Children have the opportunity to become a certified Jedi tonight at the Community Center. Mustang Parks and Recreation will host “May the 4th Be With You” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to celebrate “Star Wars” Day. Cost is $5 per child. “Professed Star Wars Junkie—always wanted to do a Star Wars event and with some…

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MHS teacher suspended on rape allegations

A Mustang High School teacher has been suspended due to rape allegations that were made Friday. The teacher, who has not been identified, is suspended pending the outcome of an investigation. Shannon Rigsby, communications officer for Mustang Public School sent an email Monday stating a teacher had been suspended pending the outcome of investigation into…

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Loveless resigns amid investigation

In the midst of an investigation, Republican state Sen. Kyle Loveless resigned April 27, admitting he made mistakes. “I tender this resignation with much regret. Mistakes I have made are the responsibility of no one other than myself,” he wrote in his resignation letter. A criminal investigation into Loveless’ campaign finances started in February. The criminal…

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Family Outdoor Day looks to be rained out

The Mustang Public Schools Foundation and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation planned to host Family Outdoor Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Wild Horse Park, but it looks like it’ll be rained out, Director Rhonda Hurst said. There is a 90 percent chance for rain Saturday and thunderstorms are expected for the…

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Brittany’s Play Adventure becomes reality

The community came together last weekend to build an all-inclusive playground at Wild Horse Park. Brittany’s Play Adventure started as just an idea of Lynly Grider’s, founder and executive director for Mustang Parks Foundation, for her sister-in-law Brittany Grider. Brittany, 34, grew up in Mustang and now lives in Okarche at the Center of Family…

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Family Outdoor Day set for Saturday

The Mustang Public Schools Foundation and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation are hosting Family Outdoor Day on Saturday. “It’s just an opportunity to raise awareness for the Mustang Public Schools Foundation. We’re kind of getting it rolling again and trying to raise money. All the money goes back into the classrooms. We just wanted…

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Mustang pastor achieves his dreams, publishes new book

Pastor Steve Cowan recently published his first book titled Life Happens to Teach. The book reveals how Cowan has learned from life’s ups and downs and now uses those lessons to help others. “It’s always been on my heart to write a book and it’s always been one of my goals in life. I thought…

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Mustang listed in top 10 safest cities

Mustang is one of the top 10 safest cities in Oklahoma, a study shows. The city was recently ranked No. 8 by The National Council for Home Safety and Security. “It’s a great honor and I think it’s reflective of how our citizens hopefully feel when they return to Mustang at the end of the…

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Boot-Scootin’ Good Time

Mustang Chamber of Commerce members came together last Thursday for a “Boot Scootin’” good time. The Boot Scootin’ Boogie Banquet included a silent auction, jail & bail, dinner, awards, entertainment and a live auction. Entertainment included dancers Todd and Karen Wisdom, DJ and host Daymon Winborn and a Lip Sync Battle. Awards presented were to…

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Obituary: Patricia Louise (Kalka) Cummings

Patricia Louise (Kalka) Cummings, age 81, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017. She was born June 19, 1935 in White Deer, TX to Edward and Rose (Kotara) Kalka. She graduated from White Deer High School and married her love of 47 years Kenneth Cummings in 1953 and together they moved to Greenville, Mississippi where Kenneth was…

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Area News

OKC backs out of I-40 interchange project

Plans to build on- and off-ramps from Interstate 40 to Frisco Road in Yukon have hit a snag after the city of Oklahoma City backed out of plans to purchase about 5 acres of right-of-way that are needed for the project to move forward. The right-of-way is needed so that several utilities can be moved…

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Area Sports

Mustang harriers are preparing for state

By Brody Feldmann It’s postseason time in Oklahoma cross country, and the Mustang harriers will head to Norman on Saturday to compete in the regional meet. Streaks are on the line for both teams, but only one of them is two decades long. Mustang girls cross country has advanced to the state tournament every season…

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