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Local effort trucks hay to areas ravaged by fires

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer A local trucking company and Redlands Community College are transporting hay to help feed cattle in parts of Northwest Oklahoma in which fires have burn pastures and hay supplies. HEI Specialized and Heavy Haul has transported hay at no cost in past emergencies, said Klint Pettigrew, who operates the business…

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Janitor accused of trying to set up set with teen

A former janitor at a Moore elementary school is accused of traveling last week to Mustang to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. Cameron L. Ford, 29, of Oklahoma City, is free after posting $25,000 bond following his arrest on a complaint of facilitating sex with a minor through use of technology. He was arrested…

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Survivors speak out during candlelight vigil

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Courtroom One in the Canadian Courthouse in El Reno was transformed into a place of prayer on Monday as the criminal justice community and victims of crime shed tears and dedicated themselves overcoming grief through faith and mutual support. Among those participating in the Victims’ Rights Vigil were Cory Carson…

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Mustang teachers continue to support walkout

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Members of the Mustang Education Association are continuing to support the statewide teachers’ walkout, MEA President Mark Webb said Tuesday. “We’ve reached a bit of a stalemate,” Webb said in a text message. He noted that Gov. Mary Fallin signed three bills affecting education Tuesday, but that they had a…

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Filing continues

At least one county official has drawn a challenger in the upcoming primary election. County Treasurer Carolyn Leck filed for re-election early Wednesday. She also drew a challenger. Marti Bold, a Republican from Yukon, also is seeking the seat. Also filing for office was Matt Wehmuller, who is the incumbent county assessor. Neither of the…

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Council denies zone change for Morgan Road PUD

By LARISSA COPELAND News Editor Applause erupted in the Mustang City Council chambers on Tuesday after council members voted unanimously to deny a zone change for a proposed subdivision on North Morgan Road. In a public hearing that lasted for more than an hour, several residents of neighborhooding additions spoke against the plans submitted by…

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Walkout length uncertain

By CHRIS EVERSOLE/TERRY GROOVER Staff Writers Mustang schools will be closed through at least the end of this week as teachers continue to participate in a walkout at the state Capitol. Mustang Education Association President Mark Webb said he and other representatives of the Oklahoma Education Association have continued to lobby legislators for additional educational…

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Schweinberg elected mayor

From Staff Reports Jess Schweinberg defeated Jan Yakish in the Mustang mayoral race on Tuesday. Schweinberg received 464 votes to Yakish’s 219. “I’m excited for this next chapter with the council,” Schweinberg said following Tuesday’s city council meeting, during which Mayor Jay Adams announced Schweinberg as the victor. “I’m following a great leader, and I’m…

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Oklahoma looks for defense improvement in spring practice

By Michael Kinney Contributing Writer NORMAN – No coach on the Oklahoma coaching staff has taken more heat the last few seasons than defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. Whether it was watching his defense give up 700 yards in a game or seemingly fall apart in big games, he has had to take the brunt of…

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Mustang Schools names Lisa Stacey Teacher of the Year

Lisa Stacey, Mustang Middle School’s teacher of the year, was named the Mustang Public Schools District 2017-2018 teacher of the year on Tuesday. Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel presented the award to her at a banquet at Mustang High School. Stacey was surprised to be chosen among the 14 nominees for the award. “I’m honored to…

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Schweinberg says experience prepares him for mayor role

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Editor’s note: The Mustang News ran a profile of the other candidate for Mustang mayor, Jan Yakish, a planning commission member, on March 22. The mayor’s race is the only question on the ballot in Mustang Tuesday. Jess Schweinberg believes that his four years on the Mustang City Council have…

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Egg hunts set for Saturday

By LARISSA COPELAND News Editor Saturday, thousands of area children will race across the lawn of the Mustang Town Center, scrambling for prize-filled eggs and enjoying free Easter-themed activities as part of Mustang’s Eggstravaganza and Easter egg hunt. “We usually have a great turnout,” said program coordinator Heather Huff. “We have anywhere from 3,000 to…

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Mustang mayoral candidate discusses plans

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Editor’s note: Attempts to reach candidate Jeff Schweinberg were unsuccessful as of press time. Jan Yakish promises to be a full-time mayor and to continue getting citizens involved in Mustang city government and decision-making about the city’s growth. “In my three years on the Mustang Planning Commission, I have realized…

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Minco wind farms quietly generate power for nearly 100,000 homes

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Just 10 miles west of Mustang, a string of statuesque turbines begins – stretching for 11 miles on hilltops across a craggy landscape. The 188 turbines capture the Oklahoma wind and convert it into electricity. The turbines make up the Minco I, Minco II and Minco III wind farms, installations…

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Broncos outlast Yukon in defensive battle

Mustang boys soccer improved to 4-0 on the season Tuesday with a 2-0 victory at Yukon. For the first 56 minutes of the match, the Broncos and Millers were scoreless. With 23:46 remaining in regulation, it was Mustang freshman Isaias Silva, who broke through the Yukon defense to put a shot in the back of…

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School district mulls arming educators

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Mustang Public Schools are taking a hard look at whether or not it should have some armed school staff. Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel announced at Monday’s board of education meeting that he was expanding a committee on school safety to include two board members. The committee has the goal of…

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Mustang teachers get broad support in walkout plan

By CHRIS EVERSOLE Staff Writer Mustang Public Schools are preparing the planned April 2 that the Oklahoma Education Association has called – with the support of individual board of education members and many parents. Representatives of the Mustang Education Association, representing teachers in the school district, spoke at Monday’s board meeting, and board members responded…

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Mustang student receives heart transplant

A Mustang High School student needing a heart transplant received an early Christmas miracle. Ethan Ellis, 17, received his heart transplant Dec. 21 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, according to his mother, Chandra Sowers. “We got the call at 8:40 p.m. Our OR (operating room) time was 1:30 a.m.,” Sowers said. Ironically, Sowers got the…

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What can Brown do for you? Mustang’s Mia Brown leads the Lady Broncos in senior season

By Michael Kinney Mia Brown just stood there listening. The Mustang senior had just helped her Broncos roll over Southmoore and was listening to a college coach who drove down to watch Brown play. For nearly 20 minutes the visiting coach flattered and praised Brown. It is something she is learning to deal with as…

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Settlement possible in Mustang’s fracking lawsuit

By Chris Eversole The lawsuit that the city of Mustang brought over two proposed oil and gas wells in the city appears to be moving toward a settlement. Canadian County District Judge Paul Hesse on Wednesday directed Citizen Energy II to submit additional evidence by Dec. 27, and he said he would rule on the…

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Area News

Jury acquits Mustang man of sexual assault

A Mustang man who had been accused of sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl in 2017 was found not guilty Wednesday by a Canadian County jury. The seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated more than 6 ½ hours before finding Alvin Wesley Pierce, 59, not guilty on the charge of lewd or indecent acts to a child under…

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Area Sports

Volleyball has an up and down week

By Brody Feldmann With the season closing soon for the Mustang volleyball team, every game matters. The Lady Broncos faced off with two talented teams in the last week with a victory over Westmoore and then fell to No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe on Tuesday. “I think we are gaining confidence as we are going…

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