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Mustang’s enrollment grows 19 percent over 5 years

By Chris Eversole Mustang Pubic Schools enrollment has grown by 19 percent over the past five years, Assistant Superintendent Tracy Skinner told the board of education at its meeting Monday. That’s an increase to 11,905 from 9,976 for the 2013-2014 school year. “We expected to be close to 12,000 this year, and we’re almost there,”…

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Ex-Homeland Security official heading school safety

By Shannon Rigsby The Mustang Board of Education on Monday approved the hiring of Jennifer Newell to fill the new position of director of school safety and security. Newell, a retired officer for the Norman Police Department, served for nearly five years as the program manager for the Oklahoma School Security Institute through the federal…

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Western Days

By Chris Eversole Western Days persevered despite on and off rain, with the only casualty of the weather being the rodeo. “In all the years we’ve been doing the rodeo, this is the first time that both days were canceled,” said Western Days Chairman Jeff Hopper. The rodeo has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Sept.…

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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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Council adopts medical marijuana regulations

By Chris Eversole The Mustang City Council reluctantly approved regulations on Tuesday that follows the state adoption of medical marijuana. The regulations provide that medical marijuana stores be at least 1,000 feet from schools and parks, and it sets fees for the businesses involved. The rules also set standards for businesses that grow and process…

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Service Learning

By Chris Eversole This school year, Mustang High School has enhanced its opportunities for service learning – the educational approach that emphasizes volunteering and career shadowing. For the first time, students are serving in internships. Six of the internships are in professional settings, and four work in IT at the school. The intern locations include…

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Sheriff to provide deputies at some Mustang schools

The Canadian County sheriff’s office will continue to provide on-campus deputies at several schools in Mustang. The county commissioners approved the agreement between the sheriff’s office and the Mustang School District during its meeting Tuesday. Under the agreement, the county will provide three deputies who will work security at eight schools, mostly at elementary and…

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Mustang’s reign comes to an end

By Brody Feldmann It had been five years since the Millers defeated the Broncos and eight years since Yukon won at home in the rivalry. Those streaks came to an end on Friday with a Yukon 19-14 victory over Mustang at Miller Stadium. “Credit to Yukon. They are really good defensively and they haven’t given…

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Film Study Week One

By Brody Feldmann It’s Bedlam week in Canadian County. Mustang opens its season on the road Friday against Yukon at Millers Stadium. The Broncos come into the ballgame winning the last four meetings between the two teams. But, this season is different than the last three or four decades with Yukon coming into the game…

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Is it a mind game in Canadian County Bedlam?

By Brody Feldmann Is it Mustang vs. Yukon or Yukon vs. Mustang? Well, in recent years Mustang has owned the rivalry with four straight victories over the Millers. So, in that case, you would put Mustang vs. Yukon. Since the Millers moved to Millers Stadium on Yukon Parkway (Mustang Road), Mustang is undefeated in Yukon.…

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Judge sets preliminary hearing date in Tate Publishing case for November

A preliminary hearing date for the father and son owners of a former Mustang publishing company has been reset to November. Richard and Ryan Tate, who owned Tate Publishing, are accused of bilking thousands of authors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and refusing to return their original materials. The Tates are charged in…

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Mustang’s nationally recognized long snapper

By Faith DeSplinter Mustang’s senior Braedy Wilson is catching national attention for his position on the varsity team, long snapper. Not only is he ranked 42 nationally out of the class of 2019 but he is on the watch list for the Chris Rubio Award. This award is given to the best snapper in the…

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THE VOTE IS IN

By Terry Groover and Chris Eversole Brian Hill, 41, narrowly defeated Beverly Adams in Tuesday’s primary election runoff for the Republican nomination for the Oklahoma House District 47 seat. He received 51 percent of the vote, capturing 2,509 votes to Adams’ 2,378 — a difference of 131 votes. Hill will face Sarah Carnes, who won…

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Can Mustang make history?

By Brody Feldmann Rivalries cause people to do crazy things, and the Canadian County rivalry between Mustang and Yukon keep some residents from shopping in the nearby town. It may sound crazy, but people around each town know at least one person who at one time in their life refused to shop in the neighboring…

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School board praises departing communications professional

By Chris Eversole The Mustang Board of Education on Monday praised the work of Shannon Rigsby, who has resigned as the school district’s public information officer. “She worked tirelessly to keep parents and the community informed,” Board President Jeff Landrith said. Rigsby would respond to unexpected events by posting information on social media and the…

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Mustang Public Schools enrollment higher than expected

By Chris Eversole Mustang Pubic Schools began the school year with 713 more students than at the start of the last school year – exceeding the expected growth of 400 to 450 students. The opening enrollment was 11,962, and last year’s was 11,249. “We’ve had a very smooth start,” Interim Superintendent Charles Bradley said. The…

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School board approves performing arts center plans

By Chris Eversole The Mustang Board of Education approved on Monday plans for a new performing arts center. The project budget is nearly $33.4 million, which includes building costs, architect fees and financing. It is funded by a $180 million bond issue that voters approved in February 2017. “This will be a premier performing arts…

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Fire department improving with new equipment, staff

By Chris Eversole Craig Carruth was promoted to Mustang fire chief in December, and he is as busy as can be. “When I show up, I can’t just think about my 24-hour shift,” he said. “I have to be able to project into the future. Before you know it, the future is here.” Carruth is…

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Industrial arts thriving at Mustang High School

By Chris Eversole While industrial arts training has declined at other Oklahoma Schools, Mustang High School’s program continues to be strong. Not only are Mustang students winning awards in state and national competition, but also they are landing jobs as a result of their training. Some have founded their own businesses doing work such as…

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Mustang celebrates Farmers Market Week

By Chris Eversole Wildhorse Gardens and Market was busier than normal on Saturday at the pavilions between the Town Center and community garden. The organization celebrated National Farmers Market Week with food trucks, music from the crew from the Mustang Senior Center and advice provided by Canadian County Master Gardeners. Kids activities included face painting,…

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Area News

Lady Broncos finish the three-peat at SOC

It’s a wrap. The Mustang Lady Broncos basketball team finished the three-peat of the Southern Oklahoma Classic on Monday with a 62-48 victory over Pauls Valley. “Just getting one is good, but for our older girls that have done this a couple of times, it’s always good and always a good tournament,” said coach Kevin…

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Area Sports

Bailey receives $137,500 in settlement with Mustang Public Schools

In a settlement between Mustang Public Schools and fired Mustang Public Schools Athletic Director Chester “Chuck” Bailey Jr., the school district agreed to pay Bailey $137,500. The agreement was reached in principal at a settlement conference at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Oklahoma City on Nov. 2, and the settlement agreement was filed Nov. 14.…

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