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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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Hagan steps down, leaving five council seats on next city ballot

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Five of seven seats on the Mustang City Council will be up for election next year. This unusual circumstance came because two council members are appointed and a third member will be appointed soon. The upcoming appointment is due to the resignation of Linda Hagan. Hagan, who served on the…

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Tate Publishing property sold at sheriff’s sale

By TERRY GROOVER Staff Writer As Richard and Ryan Tate await a preliminary hearing on various charges related to their publishing business, the Mustang father and son learned Monday that most of their property had been sold. Four of the five tracts of land owned by the family sold at auction on June 11. Canadian…

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Planning commission rejects development proposal

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer The Mustang Planning Commission voted 6-0 Tuesday to deny a proposed planned unit development on E. State Highway 152. The proposal, with a hotel and a restaurant facing the road and homes on small lots abutting country estates, had been contested by neighbors. Developer Sam Hemani said he would not…

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Football aims to build in summer workouts

By BRODY FELDMANN Contributing Writer Championships are won in the summer, not in the fall. For the last few weeks, the Mustang football program has been hitting the iron four mornings a week in preparation of the eason. “It is really good. I am very pleased with totals and the work that the kids are…

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Chamber to provide new teacher bags

The Mustang Chamber will provide 175 new teacher bags for the new school year. “With two new schools opening in our school district, we will have many new teachers and staff to welcome,” Chamber President and CEO Renee Peerman said. The new schools are Meadow Brook Intermediate School (serving fifth- and sixth-graders) on S.W. 15th…

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Band boosters’ work gives every student a chance to participate

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer The Mustang Band Boosters Association is focused on making sure that money doesn’t stand in the way of any student participating in marching band. The organization has launched the “Sponsor a Nightrider” fundraising program. “We’ve always been committed to helping kids who need help, but we’re making raising money for…

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GOP runoff set for HD 47

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Voters in House District 47 have their Democratic nominee, but will have to wait until Aug. 28 to find out who the Republican nominee will be. Sarah Carnes won the Democratic nomination outright Tuesday with 70 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, Republicans Brian Hill, with 40 percent of the vote,…

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Local races lead to runoff opportunities

As expected, voters will return to the polls in August to decide the final nominees for virtually every race in Canadian County. There were a few exceptions, however. Incumbent County Treasurer Carolyn Leck won another term in office in Tuesday’s election. She carried more than 66 percent of the vote, topping her deputy, Audre Knott,…

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Surrey Hills unveils new nine holes, greens

The Golf Club at Surrey Hills is one of the few remaining public courses in Canadian County and at the end of this week, it will open an additional nine holes and new greens on the original course. The club will host a members’ tournament Friday and then invite the public to come and play…

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Plans finalized for Freedom Fest

The 2018 edition of Freedom Fest will bring two nights of fireworks, music and festivities along with a few less parking spaces. Jenna Roberson, a spokesperson for the city of Yukon, said the city selected a new company to handle this year’s fireworks displays. And with that, the company has requested a little larger safety…

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Sales tax continues to climb across county

Sales tax receipts across Canadian County were up by more than $1.7 million in June over last year’s returns, according to the latest figures from the Oklahoma Tax Commission. The largest increase was in the portion of Oklahoma City in Canadian County, where the returns for the month were up $748,824 over the same period…

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Commissioners push Jensen Road project forward

Efforts to replace a 2½-mile section of a heavily travel road in western Canadian County took a significant step forward Monday after the county commissioners awarded a contract for the project. Haskell-Lemons Construction offered a bid of $1,0609,405 to reconstruct Jensen Road between Banner Road and the El Reno city limits. Haskell-Lemons’ bid was more…

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Trae Young wants the NBA to know he’s ready

By Michael Kinney Contributing Writer Trae Young knows what he brings to the table. So when the former Oklahoma point guard makes a statement that there is no player like him in this year’s draft, he means it. “It means everything, courtside, on the court, off the court. Being able to attract fans, attract people,”…

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Former Mustang Touchdown Club president charged with embezzlement

By Brody Feldmann Contributing Writer The former president of the Mustang Touchdown Club has been charged with embezzling more than $10,000 from the program over an 18-month period. Raymond Craig Davis Jr., 48, has been charged in Canadian County District Court with a single count of embezzlement. He was arrested in early May after an…

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State Supreme Court rejects oil company’s appeal

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer The Oklahoma Supreme Court has refused to hear an oil and gas company’s appeal of the City of Mustang’s restrictions on two proposed oil and gas wells. The Supreme Court’s ruling was brief, stating “petitioner’s application to assume original jurisdiction is denied.” The refusal to hear the appeal is a…

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McDaniel named OKCPS superintendent

By Chris Eversole, Contributing Writer Mustang Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel was named superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools in a 5-2 vote at a board meeting at 3 p.m. today. The job takes him from a district of about 11,000 students to one of 46,000. McDaniel has been Mustang superintendent since 2012. He…

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BEHIND THE SCENES Pt. 2

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mustang News was allowed to shadow the athletic department two weeks ago as it prepared for a home football game. During the next two weeks, we detail what we witnessed. The second half of the week is straight preparation for Friday night as the athletic department begins setting things up for Friday…

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BEHIND THE SCENES

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mustang News was allowed to shadow the athletic department last week as it prepared for the home football game on Friday. During the next three weeks, we will detail what we witnessed. By Brody Feldmann “I would love to be an athletic director. Show up to games, get in free and stand…

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