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James T. Newman

Newman, James T

James Thomas Newman, age 74, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in an Oklahoma City hospital. Mr. Newman was born in Cisco, Texas, to William and Leona Newman. James entered the military after graduating high school. He served in the Air Force during Vietnam, attaining the rank of Tech Sergeant working in supply. He married Rosella Osborn on May 18, 1958. James and Rosella raised three children, Tony, Rodney and Vicki. James worked for Dayton Tire until his retirement. He enjoyed clocks and working on small engines.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Rosella.

James is survived by his two sons, Tony and Michelle of Yukon and Rodney and Marivel of Mustang; and one daughter, Vicki Plank and husband, Randy of Shawnee.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in the Mustang Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

William E. “Marty” Martin

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William E. “Marty” Martin, age 69, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at VA Regional Hospital in Oklahoma City after a long illness. Mr. Martin was born Sept. 15, 1944, in Shafter, Calif., to Johnnie W. and Etta E. (Smith) Martin. He grew up in Fort Towson and Newcastle and was a graduate of Newcastle High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a longtime union driver, driving 20-plus years for Roadway Express.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Olen, Lonnie and Clabourne; and one sister, Opal.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne of Mustang; one son, Todd Martin and wife, Shari of Mustang; two daughters, Rev. April Buckley and husband, Rev. Thomas of Yukon and Tiffany Martin of Yukon. Also by four grandchildren, Kristyn, Paiyten, Brett and Gage; one brother, Loyd Martin of Blanchard; three sisters, Dovie Sossamon of Oklahoma City, Lillie Rose of Newcastle and Brenda Rieves of Talihina.

Services were held Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in the funeral home chapel at Resthaven Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Moore. Arrangements were under direction of  McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service.

The family would like to express special thanks to the Palliative Care nurses and doctors at the VA Hospital who cared for our family.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Donald Edward Hill

Hill, Donald

Donald Edward Hill, age 87, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, after a long period of failing health. Mr. Hill was born Jan. 15, 1927, in Perry, (Dallas County) Iowa to Clarence L. and Hazel (Auk) Hill and grew up in the area of Adel, Iowa. After high school he proudly served in the U.S. Army. He moved with his family to Moore in 1968. He worked many years as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Department before retiring several years ago. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God. Don was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Julila; and one son, Kenneth.

He is survived by his wife, Anita; two sons, Michael and wife, Donna of Iowa and Donnie of Del City; two daughters, Judy Shatto and husband, Jack of El Reno and Beverly Thompson of Oklahoma City; 15 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, with interment with military honors following at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Oklahoma City.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustngfs.com.

Time to get out and support our future Mustang

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Mustang is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state of Oklahoma.

The Mustang Public School District is the fifth largest in the state and if it continues to grow at the rate it has, the district will be the third largest in five years.

The community and town of Mustang are growing as well. Perhaps not with the rapid pace of the school district, but nevertheless, the entire area of Mustang is growing from a small town to a thriving city.

That is undoubtedly the reason people from all over the state and this area of the country are moving to the Mustang area to live.

As the area and specifically the school district continue to grow and evolve into an empire, the extracurricular activities will continue to expand as well.

School activities such as athletics, band, cheer, pom, FFA, music, drama, and many more are getting bigger and bigger by the minute as the school increases in size and population.

The amount of after-school events that take place is off the charts, and for the community to be expected to come out and support their children at every afternoon or evening activity would be far too much to expect.

However, I do believe we as a community can and should do a better job of getting out to the different events to support our Broncos.

Of course, all of the parents and families and close friends will go see their son, daughter, relative or friend participate in whatever activity they enjoy, but the entire community should do the same.

These kids put in an incredible amount of work on top of going to school and getting a good education.

They wake up at hours when the sun doesn’t even think about coming up just so they can practice their craft.

Sometimes they will stay after the final bell an extra four or five hours working to be as good as they can be in their activity.

I understand everyone has busy lives and sometimes the last thing any of us want to do is go to a football game or a drama play in the evenings when we could plop on the couch and watch TV, but it means the world to these kids when they see their community supporting them the way they deserve.

Imagine coming out onto the stage or running onto the field and seeing people in the crowd other than your parents, relatives or friends. I’m not saying having your family and friends there to watch you is not important because it is.

However, when your entire community is backing you up, the drive to succeed is far greater than if they aren’t.

As Mustang continues to grow, evolve and develop, let’s not forget the true meaning of community. Let’s not forget the foundation this great town was built on.

These children are our future, and if they know they have our support as a community, they will grow and develop with confidence to take the wonderful town of Mustang to even greater heights when they are the leaders.

Mustang faces stiff test with Edmond Memorial

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After a disappointing home loss to Stillwater last Friday, Mustang’s football team has yet another tough challenge awaiting them with a short week to prepare.

The Broncos travel north to take on the undefeated Edmond Memorial Bulldogs at 7 p.m. tonight at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.website commentary new.qxd

Edmond Memorial sits at 2-0 so far this season and hasn’t  given up a point. The Bulldogs haven’t allowed many yards of offense to their opponent either, as Edmond North had a total of 22 yards in the game.

“Edmond Memorial is a fantastic football team,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “They play physical and are very well-coached. They are arguably playing the best defense out of anyone in the state right now.”

In week one, Memorial defeated Southmoore on the road by a score of 20-0. In week two, it was much of the same as far as defense goes, but the offense got rolling in the second game, a 35-0 routing of rival Edmond North at UCO.

Edmond Memorial entered this week with a No.5 overall ranking in Class 6A. The Bulldogs are coached by Justin Merideth.

Players to look for coming out of the Edmond Memorial tunnel will be running back Warren Wand and quarterback Mick Mayerske. The entire defense is also one to watch as Mustang prepares for its final non-district matchup of the young season.

“As good as their defense is, their offense has a lot of weapons,” Dombek said. “They play very physical on the line of scrimmage and have some great skill players on the outside. We are going to have our hands full on both sides of the ball.”

The Broncos come into the game with Edmond Memorial with a sour taste in their mouths following the home-opening loss to Stillwater, 35-26 last Friday evening at Bronco Stadium.

In week one, Mustang felt much better after dismantling rival Yukon 41-14 on the road. MHS comes into the week with a No.7 overall ranking in Class 6A.

The Broncos will count on leaders like junior quarterback Chandler Garrett, senior running back Chase Brown and senior safety Zach Davis to help get Mustang back on track against the Bulldogs.

Mustang will need to improve its play on the line of scrimmage against Edmond Memorial if the Broncos are to have a chance to win the game. In week one, the Broncos dominated the trenches against Yukon, but last week was a different story in the loss to the Pioneers.

If recent years tell us anything about what is going to happen in tonight’s ballgame, the prognosis doesn’t look good for the Broncos, as Edmond Memorial has dominated Mustang the previous two years.

However, it was MHS which dominated Stillwater the same way the past several seasons, so maybe Mustang can do the same against the Bulldogs.

“We have to take it one week, one game at a time,” Dombek said. “We are focused on going out there and playing well. We have to play well in all facets to have a chance to win this game.”

Davis promoted to captain

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By Rachel Brocklehurst,

The motto “Learning From the Best” is more than a motto at the Mustang Police Department.

Lt. Jim Davis was promoted to the rank of captain on Sept. 11 at a reception in the Police Community Room.

“I want to facilitate a way for improvements from the Chief Department,” Davis said when asked what he hopes to improve about the city of Mustang. “I also hope to maintain improvements on community relations.”

At the beginning of this process, Davis applied for the position of captain. As a rule, you have to have at least four years of experience as a lieutenant within the department before you can apply for captain. Another key rule is that whoever the next captain is, is under the chief’s prerogative because he’ll know what he’s looking for in a captain.

“My favorite part of being involved in Mustang Police Department is the people in this city,” Davis said. “Between emergency services and officers, everyone is on one sheet of music and it’s the police department’s job to keep the community safe.”

Not only will he be trying to have smooth continuity between the people in this city, but some other highlights that he touched on wanting to establish are to increase the size of the Mustang Police Department, enhance training opportunities for officers and have day-to-day operations with the police department.

“I’m happy that I get to serve with the best law enforcement agency in Canadian County,” Davis said.

Stillwater sacks Broncos in home opener

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As excited as Mustang was last week at this time following the blowout win at Yukon, the Broncos are just as disappointed this week with their home-opening loss to Stillwater Friday evening.

The Pioneers took it to the Broncos from the opening play of the game, as they went on to beat Mustang 35-26, shocking the Bronco Stadium crowd.website commentary new.qxd

“They came out and took it to us right out of the gate,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We were flat on both sides of the ball and they made us pay for it. I thought we fought back, but when you dig yourself a hole against a good football team, it’s hard to get out of it.”

The loss to Stillwater drops the Broncos’ overall record to 1-1 this season.

The Pioneer run game killed the Mustang defense throughout the night as Stillwater finished with 338 total rushing yards in the contest. SHS passed for only 58 yards, but with the powerful run game, the air attack wasn’t needed.

Stillwater finished the night with 396 total yards of offense against Mustang.

Pioneer running back Cameron Mayberry stole the show in Bronco Stadium, as he rushed for 237 yards with three touchdowns on 24 carries. All three of Mayberry’s touchdowns were more than 40 yards.

Mayberry’s teammate, Marlin McDonald was a solid sidekick to Mayberry last Friday night. McDonald finished the game with 62 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown. He also had to step in at quarterback in the second half for Stillwater after Braxton Noble was injured in the first half and was unable to return to the game. McDonald finished with 53 yards through the air on 3-of-5 passing.

Before Noble went down with his injury, he did some damage to Mustang, getting 10 yards on six carries and one touchdown. He also passed for 5 yards on one completion.

Lady Broncos continue to roll on diamond

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The Lady Broncos softball team continues to roll through its regular season with another perfect record last week.

Mustang went on the road in a hostile environment and took on perennial state power Edmond North in a Sept. 8 district matchup,  defeating the Lady Huskies 6-2 behind a stellar pitching performance from senior right-hander Jayden Chestnut.website commentary new.qxd

The hard-throwing Chestnut also did her part at the plate to help the Bronco girls past the pesky Huskies. In the top of the fifth inning, Chestnut sent a towering shot over the left field wall with a runner on base, giving Mustang a 2-1 advantage over Edmond North.

“That was a really good win for us,” Mustang coach Bryan Howard said. “That was a total team win in a tough environment against a good opponent. Jayden was outstanding and offensively and defensively, we played as well as we have all year.”

The Lady Broncos continued the offensive barrage and put four more runs on the board compared to the Lady Huskies with one, giving Mustang the four-run victory.

The Broncos returned home for a Sept. 11 district matchup with Choctaw. The Yellowjackets came into the game with a subpar record, but most of their losses had been close games against tough opponents.

Choctaw would keep that style going against MHS, as the Lady Broncos earned a 4-3 victory in the game.

Chestnut was in the circle for Mustang, and she went the distance, getting the win and striking out 12 Choctaw batters in the process.

Chestnut had just one walk in the game and allowed four hits to the Yellowjackets.

After a scoreless first inning for both teams, Mustang got on the board with one run in the bottom of the second after Chestnut led off the frame with a double to the left field wall. Junior Lexi Vargas got the first RBI of the game when she drove in the runner from third base on an error by the Choctaw third baseman.

In the third inning, the Lady Broncos added one more run to their lead. Freshman Audri Morrison led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Fellow freshman Zoe Jones then knocked a double in the gap, sending Morrison to third. Chestnut followed with a suicide bunt that scored Morrison to give MHS the 2-0 lead.

The score remained 2-0 Mustang through the fourth inning, but the Lady Broncos scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run, two-out double to the wall by senior Jacquelyn Kelm.

Choctaw got all four of its hits off Chestnut in the top of the sixth inning. The hits, combined with a Mustang error, led to a three-run Yellowjacket inning, cutting the Bronco lead to one run at 4-3 heading into the seventh and final frame.

Chestnut bowed her back in the top of the seventh inning and shut down the Choctaw offense to three-up three-down, sealing the MHS victory.

Mustang finished the game with eight total hits, with Chestnut accounting for three of those base knocks.

The two wins last week has MHS at 18-3 overall this season.

“The only thing I took away from the Choctaw game was that we were able to get the win,” Howard said. “I thought we got up early and we relaxed a little bit. We didn’t have a good day offensively at all. We swung at some poor pitches. We were undisciplined. Hopefully, that was a wake-up call for us, because we have to be better than that going forward.”

The Lady Broncos will have a busy week this week, as they had a double-header with Putnam City North on the road Monday evening. They then host Moore at 6:30 p.m. tonight in a crucial district matchup that will decide who gets the top seed in the district.

Moore already defeated the Bronco girls earlier this month at home 2-0.

“We understand what’s at stake when Moore comes here,” Howard said. “They have beaten us four consecutive times. Our girls will be ready to play. We are looking forward to that one.”

This weekend, Mustang will compete in the COAC tournament at Yukon High School. The tournament will run Friday and Saturday.

Mustang communications systems get update, while city’s dark streets receive new lighting

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By Daniel Lapham,

The Mustang City Council approved two contracts Tuesday night, one for new telecommunications equipment for city facilities and another for new lighting installation along East Thunderbird Way.

Finance director Janet Watts presented two bids to the council, one from Chickasaw Telecom Inc. for $87,324.33 for equipment and services for five years, and the other from Travis Voice and Data for $84,833.33, which included only the first year of support.

“We recommend going with the lowest overall bidder, Chickasaw Telecom,” Watts said.

Ward 6 Councilman Jess Schweinberg asked how much the city had budgeted for the new equipment.

“We budgeted $85,000,” Watts said. “Chickasaw Telecom gave us an $87,000 bid, but agreed to provide for our needs for our budget amount by taking our old equipment in trade. I purchased that equipment in 1989.”

After unanimous approval of the telecommunications contract, the council approved an agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric for new lighting along East Thunderbird Way. Assistant City Manager Justin Battles told the council the offer came in under the budgeted $45,000 for the project.

In other business the council declared “Trick or Treat” night in Mustang to be Friday, Oct. 31, and declared September as “Pain Awareness Month.”

Ward 3 Councilwoman Linda Bowers was the only vote against the declaration, voicing her feelings that the designation should be more positive.

“I think it would be better to proclaim it health and wellness month or something like that rather than something negative,” she said.

The last business took place in executive session as the council discussed a current Canadian County District Court lawsuit between the Quail Lake Estates Homeowners Association and the city of Mustang. No information was presented on the case in the open meeting.

OU picks off Tennessee, preps for road test at West Virginia

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Most people around the country don’t enjoy playing against the big, bad SEC, but Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is not most people.

Stoops and the Sooners put a young, inexperienced University of Tennessee team to shame on Saturday night in Norman with a 34-10 beat-down at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium at Owen Field.website commentary new.qxd

The win against the Volunteers improved OU’s record to 3-0 this season as the Sooners prepare to enter conference play. The victory also gives Stoops a winning record against the “vaunted” conference at 5-4.

Oklahoma controlled the game on both sides of the ball the entire night, but especially on defense where the OU front seven was in the Tennessee backfield nearly every offensive snap for the Volunteers.

“I was really pleased with our overall play,” Stoops said. “I want to compliment Butch Jones and his staff. I really think they are doing a great job there at Tennessee. Overall, I’m just excited about the way our guys have played. Really, for the most part, we’re playing smart and with good discipline.”

The Sooners finished the game with 21 total first downs and 454 total yards of offense. OU had 146 yards rushing and 308 yards passing against the Volunteers. Oklahoma had two turnovers and five penalties for 41 total yards. The two turnovers were a fumble and an interception.

The OU defense allowed the Tennessee offense 18 total first downs and 313 total yards of offense. The Volunteers rushed for 112 yards against the Sooners while passing for 201. UT had three turnovers in the game and one penalty for 10 yards. The three turnovers were two interceptions and one fumble.

The two interceptions by the Sooners were by the two cornerbacks. Senior Julian Wilson got an interception and a 100-yard return for a touchdown, all but putting the nail in Tennessee’s coffin. Sophomore cornerback Zach Sanchez also had a second-half interception in the end zone when the Vols were driving.

“Every time I take the field I have a chip on my shoulder because I’m from Oklahoma,” Wilson said. “I want to prove that Oklahoma has good players, just like any other state. (Wilson is a graduate of Southmoore High School).

Sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight had a solid performance through the air for the Sooners, passing for 308 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Knight also rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown.

It was Knight’s second career 300-plus-yard passing game. Ironically, the other came in the Sugar Bowl last year against Alabama, another SEC opponent.

Freshman running back Samaje Perine led Oklahoma on the ground with 67 yards on nine carries. Sophomore Keith Ford had 61 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Fellow sophomore Alex Ross had seven yards on five carries.

Ford left the game in the second half with an ankle injury. His status is unknown for this week.

Junior receiver Durron Neal led the Sooners in receptions with seven for 71 yards. Junior receiver Sterling Shepard had five catches for 109 yards, and senior tight end Blake Bell had three receptions for 52 yards.

Sophomore linebacker Dominique Alexander led the Sooner D with 12 total tackles. Fellow sophomore linebacker Jordan Evans had nine tackles, and Wilson and junior linebacker Eric Striker each had six tackles.

OU preps for tough challenge in Morgantown

The No.4 ranked Sooners will put their 3-0 record on the line at West Virginia Mountaineers at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening. The game will be televised by Fox.

WVU comes into the matchup with Oklahoma with a 2-1 record, and its only loss coming at the hands of No.3 Alabama in Atlanta on opening week. The Mountaineers kept the game close, dropping a 33-23 decision to the Crimson Tide.

West Virginia has won both its games the past two weeks. The Mountaineers handled Towson 54-0 in week two and squeaked out a 40-37 victory against Maryland last Saturday.

WVU averages 39 points per game, while allowing 23.3 to their opponents. They average a total of 564.3 yards of offense per contest and allow 369 to their opponents.

The Mountaineers are rushing for an average of 154 yards per game and passing for 410 yards per outing. They allow 164.3 rush yards per contest and 204.7 pass yards to their opponents.

WVU has committed five turnovers this season, while forcing just two.