December, 2013

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Marjorie M. Hurley

Services for Marjorie M. Hurley, 96, of Minco were held Saturday, Dec. 21 at Minco United Methodist Church with Rev. Vera Walton officiating. Burial followed in the Evergreen Cemetery in Minco, under the direction of Huber-Reynolds Funeral Home of Minco.

Mrs. Hurley was born Dec. 16, 1917, in the Hazel Dell community outside of Minco. She died Dec. 19 at her Minco home. She lived in Minco all of her life, graduating from Minco High School in 1936. Mrs. Hurley married Valton Clay “Charley” Hurley on July 27, 1938, in Guthrie. She and her husband owned Davis-Hurley Gas and Appliance, where she worked as the secretary. Mrs. Hurley also worked as a licensed beautician and as a teller and bookkeeper for the Bank in Minco. She was a member and treasurer for the Minco American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, cooked for the Kiwanis Club and was a member of the Rebekah’s Lodge, as well as a member of Minco United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Hurley was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert Francis and Lucy Harper Rowe, and her husband, Charley, who died on Dec. 26, 1996, as well as two brothers, Delbert Martin and wife, Betty Rowe, and Eugene Dale and wife, Grace. Also, by sister, Virginia Grace Rowe, and a great-granddaughter, Emily Hurley.

She was survived by two sons, Albert “Butch” Hurley and wife, Nancy of Wagoner, and Alvin “Hoot” Hurley and wife, Martha of Minco; daughter, Peggy Boswell and husband, Steve of Minco; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

 

Mustang eyes school redistricting plan

(Map courtesy Mustang Public Schools)

By Traci Chapman

With Mustang Public Schools enrollment topping 10,000 students, officials are looking at a way to more evenly distribute classroom sizes throughout the district.

Deputy Superintendent Charles Bradley is spearheading work on a redistricting plan, studying available options to shift students from schools that have large class sizes.

“We are looking at what options are available to reduce the number of students in high growth areas,” Bradley told Mustang school board members earlier this month.

The district looks at building permits and enrollment at each site to determine where growth might be seen, Bradley said. A steering committee has been working to address the issue and come up with ideas for redistricting. The next step will to move to an advisory board made up of members of the community, parents and district representative, he said.

“We would like to get this in front of the board in March – we would like to allow time to go back and forth and come up with a really good model,” he said.

Redistricting would affect every student in the district at one time or the other, with the exception of those already attending high school, board president Chad Fulton said. Shifting students between schools could be perceived negatively by parents and students alike, and officials wanted to make sure the community was kept aware of the process, he and Bradley said. Time was of the essence, Fulton said.

“My concern is that if we hold off on this until next summer and then have to tell the parents that their kids are going to different schools,” he said. “I would like to give the community some time so they can make that transition.”

“We don’t want to extend anyone’s time on a bus,” Bradley said.

In order to make their timetable, officials said they hoped to get a plan on the district’s website in January, so residents could review it and pose questions to officials.

At the same time, work continues on a new elementary school located at SW 59th and County Line Road. That school, slated to open in time for the 2014 school year, will service an area district officials have identified as high growth, said Shannon Rigsby, Mustang public information officer.

“We are seeing incredible growth in the north end of the district,” she said. “Plat maps that detail new or expanding housing areas in the northern part of the district show the growth is going to continue.”

The last time Mustang redrew site boundaries was in 2007, when Centennial Elementary was built. Bailey said the district had learned some things during that process and hoped to avoid issues that came up at that time. The district also allocated $800,000 for acquisition of “land for the construction of future schools and/or district facilities in the south and central areas of the district” in a new bond issue slated to go to voters Feb. 11. It was not immediately known what specific construction or acquisition the issue would include.

Mustang Masons raise $2,000 for next year’s ‘cops’ effort

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By Traci Chapman

Mustang Masons served a hearty breakfast and in the process raised $2,000 for next year’s Christmas with a Cop program.

Lodge 407 hosted four children helped by Mustang Police Department in its effort to make a better Christmas for them. The group toured the Masons’ museum, then joined members for breakfast before going shopping. Santa was also on hand to bring holiday cheer.

During the free breakfast, those attending offered donations, with Masons allocating money from their charitable matching fund, bringing the grand total for next year’s event to $2,000, Bill McCormack said. Members enjoyed seeing the children who were part of the Christmas with Cops effort and spending time with them, Worshipful Master Dan Cromwell said.

“They were a sweet group of kids and we really enjoyed being a part of it,” Cromwell said.

Christmas with a Cop began as a program in partnership with Yukon Police Department, Mustang Police Chief Chuck Foley said. After seeing how the effort helped children there, the chief said he wanted to bring the program closer to home. He said he hoped next year’s program would grow, as word of it spread throughout the community.

“This is a way to make a difference in a local child’s life, someone who will remember this for years to come,” he said.

Mustang dunks Yukon, 88-65

Jakolby Long Four

By Kyle Salomon

When Mustang and Yukon meet in athletics, the intensity is as high as a high school sporting event can be.

The Dec. 17 basketball game between the Broncos and the Millers at Yukon High School didn’t disappoint as a packed house saw Mustang put a 23-point beat-down on Yukon, 88-65.

With the two student sections screaming toward each other throughout the night, the Broncos used their athleticism, speed and length to improve to 5-0 on the season.

The Mustang student section performed the “Silent Night” act on the game as they sat quietly until the Broncos scored their 10th point of the game. Once Mustang reached 10 points, the student section erupted.

Mustang head coach Terry Long said he was happy with the win, but still expects more from his squad.

“I thought we played well at times, but we still did not play the whole game the way we need to and the way we are capable of playing,” he said. “I’m pleased to get the win against our rival, but we still have a lot of work to do if we want to achieve our goals.”

The first period was all about Mustang as the boys started out hot with their outside shooting. The defense was stout as it swarmed the Millers, forcing numerous turnovers in the first frame. The sharp outside shooting opened up the paint for the Bronco post players to maneuver and put points on the board. Mustang led Yukon 22-10 after the first period.

The second period was an offensive-laden one for both squads as Yukon was able to force Mustang into several turnovers, creating easy fast-break opportunities. The Millers also got hot from the outside in the second frame. Mustang was strong offensively as the Broncos continued to terrorize the Millers with their athleticism and length. Mustang led Yukon 48-29 at the halftime break.

The third period was nearly identical to the second as both teams struggled defensively and had success on the offensive end of the court. Yukon tried to make numerous runs to cut into the large lead Mustang held, but the Broncos offensive firepower was too much for the Millers to overcome as the Broncos extended their lead by three points. Mustang led Yukon 72-50 going into the final period.

The fourth period was the worst offensively combined for both schools. Mustang managed just 16 points in the period, while Yukon totaled 15. It was the only frame in the contest that Mustang did not win. The Broncos were able to hold off the Millers as they coasted to the 23-point victory.

Mustang totaled 19 turnovers in the game compared to Yukon with 16. The Broncos were 20-of-32 from the free-throw line, and the Millers were 18-of-32 from the foul stripe on the night.

Sophomore guard Jakolby Long totaled 14 points, four rebounds and one assist on the night. Senior guard Demarion Love finished with 14 points, two rebounds and one assist. Sophomore guard Kejuan Frazier had one rebound and three assists. Sophomore guard Isaiah Hammons totaled eight points and one rebound.

Junior guard Terrell Williams finished with nine points and two rebounds. Junior forward Dylan Snyder had four points and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Dearyus Colbert had two points, four rebounds and one assist. Junior forward Deangelo added two points and one rebound.

Junior guard Aubrey Johnson totaled 16 points and one rebound. Sophomore forward Austin Meyer finished with 15 points and one rebound, and junior forward Geoff Hightower added four points and one rebound.

Mustang returns to action today through Saturday in the Mid-Del Holiday Classic Tournament held at Midwest City and Del City high schools.

“We are looking forward to competing against some really good competition in the Mid-Del tournament,” Long said. “It will be a great challenge for us at this point in the season and a good test to see where we really are as a team.”

Ice brings headaches, power outages

ice fields

By Traci Chapman

Residents in areas of Canadian County lost power early Saturday morning in the wake of an ice storm that left a reported three-quarters of an inch to an inch of ice overnight.

(Photo/Traci Chapman)

(Photo/Traci Chapman)

Crews with Caddo Electric were working south of Mustang in rural Oklahoma City, trying to free ice-covered tree limbs that had fallen on power lines. Workers on site said they were traveling throughout the area trying to determine the source of an outage that had affected an unknown number of residents. Several neighborhoods south of Mustang were confirmed to be without power.

On Saturday morning, OG&E reported about 8,700 customers throughout the Oklahoma City metro area were without power. The company was facing its own difficulties, as its website – including its SystemWatch monitoring site – were not working. Officials also said some customers were having problems reporting outages, but the issues were being addressed.

As of Monday, power was restored throughout the area, and OG&E’s issues were also fixed.

Officials with the National Weather Service said more ice was expected during the day Saturday, tapering off and turning into snow overnight Saturday and Sunday. A high temperature of 33 degrees was expected both days, with overnight lows dropping to the high teens and low 20’s, NWS officials said. Worries about precipitation turned out to be unfounded, and although ice remained on the ground, cars and trees, conditions did not significantly deteriorate, NWS officials said Monday.

While roads were wet and icy in spots, there was not a great accumulation of ice on thoroughfares, officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. Mustang and Canadian County officials said there had not been a spike in traffic incidents as a result of the storm. They still advised caution while traveling and warned overnight conditions would worsen as temperatures drop.

MYSA holds annual banquet

U14 Boys Mustang Youth Soccer

See our December 26 edition to see photos from the MYSA 2013 banquet and awards ceremony. (Photo/Kyle Salomon)

Ice brings power outages; more ice, snow on the way

Crews with Caddo Electric Company were working Saturday morning on Czech Hall Road, south of Mustang, to remove frozen tree limbs that had fallen on power lines. (Photo/Travis Miller)

By Traci Chapman – 10:32 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Residents in areas of Canadian County lost power early Saturday morning in the wake of an ice storm that left a reported three quarters of an inch to an inch of ice overnight.

ice accumulation

Courtesy National Weather Service

Crews with Caddo Electric were working south of Mustang in rural Oklahoma City, trying to free ice-covered tree limbs that had fallen on power lines. Workers on site said they were traveling throughout the area trying to determine the source of an outage that had affected an unknown number of residents. Several neighborhoods south of Mustang were confirmed to be without power.

On Saturday morning, OG&E reported about 8,700 customers throughout the Oklahoma City metro area were without power. The company was facing its own difficulties, as its website – including its SystemWatch monitoring site – were not working. Officials also said some customers were having problems reporting outages, but the issues were being addressed.

Courtesy National Weather Service

Courtesy National Weather Service

Officials with the National Weather Service said more ice is expected during the day Saturday, tapering off and turning into snow overnight Saturday and Sunday. A high temperature of 33 degrees is expected both days, while overnight lows will drop to the high teens and low 20’s, NWS officials said.

While roads were wet and icy in spots, as of Saturday morning there was not a great accumulation of ice on thoroughfares, officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. They still advised caution while traveling and warned overnight conditions would worsen as temperatures drop.

Courtesy National Weather Service

Courtesy National Weather Service

To report an outage by phone, contact OG&E at 800-522-6870 or 405-272-9595 or Caddo Electric at 405- 656-2322.

Community serves up Christmas for 45th members

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By Traci Chapman

In May 2010, Oklahoma National Guard and Army Reserves officially opened an armory they said they hoped would enhance Mustang and the surrounding communities.

On Sunday, those communities came together to bring some Christmas cheer to soldiers who serve their country there.

Volunteers headed by Lila Hoover, Sandy Malega and Kathy Matthews worked with Rhonda Yackeschi, 45th FIB family readiness support assistant, to serve Christmas dinner to more than 600 National Guard members and their families. Mustang preschool and elementary school students wrote letters and created works of art for the occasion, while soldiers’ children were able to visit with Santa. A magic show and ventriloquist were on hand for entertainment, and craft activities and music rounded out the day, said Col. Mike Chase, commander of the 45th FIB Oklahoma Army National Guard.

“The community’s support and hard work on this were beyond anything we could ever have asked,” Chase said. “We were overwhelmed with this wonderful event.”

National Guard members travel to Mustang on weekends to drill, with many of them working, attending school, or both, during the week. The extra time spent away from their families can be difficult, especially at the holidays, but this event – designed for soldiers with their families – was a unique experience.

“It was just over the top,” he said.

Hoover, who was appointed one of the brigade’s community representatives, said all of the hard work paled in comparison to the sacrifice of soldiers who gave so much of themselves for their country.

The 176,000-square-foot armory is the training site for about 1,400 soldiers, as well as about 140 soldiers who work full time there. The armory is also used by community groups, such as the Mustang Chamber of Commerce and others, for meetings and other uses.

“It was our honor and pleasure to be a part of this,” she said. “We cannot say enough about what they do every day or what they’ve done for our community since the armory was built here.”

 

Rankin’s wrestlers take first place at Putnam City tourney

Jordan Kalmeyer One

By Kyle Salomon

Before the regular season began, Mustang head wrestling coach Dave Rankin said he wanted his team to be a better tournament-style squad this year.

Rankin got his wish in the first tournament the Bronco varsity competed in with a first-place finish at the Putnam City wrestling tournament Dec. 12 and 13.

Mustang placed 12 wrestlers out of the 14 different weight classes in the two-day event.

Rankin said he is proud of his team’s accomplishments.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the guys for how hard they have worked leading up to this tournament,” he said. “It was our first regular season competition because of all of the weather we have been having, so to come out and perform like we did was really great to see.”

Two Bronco wrestlers took first place in their respective events. Zach Butler in the 170-pound weight class finished first overall, and freshman Trey Edwards took first place in the 120-pound weight division for the Broncos.

“It’s really cool to see a freshman have as much success as Trey has had,” Rankin said. “He is an extremely talented kid, a very hard worker. We expect him to continue to develop and be a major part of our team going forward.

“Zach is a very skilled, strong and talented kid. He works very hard and is very focused on what his job is once he steps onto the mat. He came on for us last year and has really developed into a very strong wrestler for us. He is going to play a big role for us this year.”

Mustang scored a total of 286.5 points in the two-day tournament. Coming in second was Norman North with 273 points, and third was Putnam City with 265.5 points.

The event saw teams from south of the Oklahoma border travel north to compete. Several Texas high school grappling squads made their way up to Oklahoma City.

In the 113-pound weight division, Kerry McNeil took fifth place overall. Gage McBride finished in fourth place overall in the 126-pound weight class. Jordan Kalmeyer placed fourth in the 132-pound weight division. Gareth Ballard finished in second place overall in the 138-pound weight class.

Robert King placed third overall in the 145-pound weight division. Redmon Wilkerson took fourth place overall in the 152-pound weight class. Julian Gallegos finished in fifth place in the 160-pound weight division.

David McCright placed fifth overall in the 182-pound weight class. Mark Castenada finished in fifth place in the 195-pound weight class, and Clay Feland placed second overall in the 220-pound weight class.

“We have a tremendous amount of support this season from our parents,” Rankin said. “Our parents are there cheering on the guys and are taking part in all of our booster club meetings helping take this program to the next level.

“Our senior class is really showing up strong for us right now as well. Those guys have really been a great example on and off the mat.”

Junior varsity grapplers hold own in varsity tournament

The Bronco junior varsity wrestling squad took seventh place overall in the Deer Creek varsity wrestling tournament last weekend.

Mustang had five JV wrestlers place in the tournament. J.R. Kalmeyer placed fourth overall in the 126-pound weight class. Marshall Matthews took fourth overall in the 152-pound weight division. Cole Bierman placed sixth overall in the 182-pound weight class, and Austin Brown took sixth place in the 195-pound weight division.

The one Bronco who placed first overall in the tournament was Kaden Truelove in the 195-pound weight class.

Mustang junior varsity wrestling coach Brad Dick said, “We are extremely pleased with our JV wrestlers, especially our sophomores and freshmen. Mustang has a bright future with these young men.”

 

Union City celebrates $1 million renovation completion

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By Traci Chapman

Voters who believe in education and children’s futures are the reason why Union City is celebrating the completion of a million dollar elementary school renovation project, Superintendent Todd Carel says.

“We have the best people here, people who recognized that our students needed new facilities in order to move forward,” Carel said last week. “They showed us how much they have invested in what we are all doing.”

That investment came in April 2012, when more than 83 percent of voters approved the $1 million bond proposal. The funds were slated for the remodel of the district’s elementary building, built in 1937, as well as a new softball field. Major construction on the project recently wrapped up, although an area that is expected to be used as a practice gym is still unfinished, Carel said.

“That’s what we’re planning on doing at this point – we have the room and we think that would be a good use of the space,” he said.

The renovated space includes a new computer lab and updated classrooms and restrooms, as well as a work room for teachers – something they never had, the superintendent said. The school also now has a secure entryway and features the district’s blue and white school colors. The district’s administrative area was also moved to the elementary building, with new offices for Carel and his staff. A conference room that would be used for school board meetings and other gatherings rounded out the building’s features, Carel said.

“Our teachers are as excited about this as our students,” he said. “Now they have enough room and a light and expansive space to work with.”

Union City’s Elementary is located at 105 W. Division St. The school’s open house is set for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.