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OU will be unbeaten on gridiron in regular season

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Here is my game-by-game prediction for the 2014 University of Oklahoma football season:

Game one: Louisiana Tech, win, 45-7 (1-0)

Head coach Bob Stoops and the Sooners have rarely started the season off with a game that will make anyone in Sooner Nation sweat.

This year will be no different as Louisiana Tech will roll into Norman for an opening-week beat-down at the hands of an OU team, who many experts believe is a shoe-in for the four-team playoff at the end of this season.

The only benefit for La Tech to come here and get throttled by the Sooners is that nice little check their university will get to cash following the game.

Game two: At Tulsa, win, 42-13 (2-0)

If Oklahoma State is the red-headed stepchild to OU, then Tulsa is the annoying little brother that won’t shut up or leave the Sooners alone.

The Golden Hurricane have a knack for giving Oklahoma fits, even when the game is in Norman, which this year is not the case.

TU will hang around early in the game as they play with a “David and Goliath” like mentality, but the Sooners will eventually pull away for a relatively easy win.

Don’t be surprised if Chapman Stadium in Tulsa has more crimson than blue in the stands during that game.

Game three: Tennessee, win, 31-17 (3-0)

You better believe the Volunteers have this game circled on their schedule, folks. Tennessee would love nothing more than to come into Norman and knock off Stoops and the Sooners.

Of course, you have the conference rivalry between the SEC and the Big 12, but Tennessee is trying to get back to being one of the elite programs in college football. A win in Norman would be a huge step in that process.

However, the Volunteers aren’t ready for what the Sooners are going to throw at them. Oklahoma has more talent, is better coached and has more experience than Tennessee and that will show in this game.

Game four: At West Virginia, win, 41-21 (4-0)

When I first looked at the Sooners schedule, this game popped out at me as a trap game for Oklahoma. OU will be sitting at 3-0 and coming off a good win against Tennessee.

West Virginia will have a potent offense as usual as Dana Holgerson continues to man the sidelines for the Mountaineers.

However, the WVU defense is constantly one of the worst defenses in the nation, and OU will exploit that in Morgantown. Sooners will win this one big.

Game five: At TCU, win, 31-10 (5-0)

The Horned Frogs will be a much improved team from last season, but they still will not be able to contend with the big boys of the Big 12 Conference.

TCU is learning why playing in a major conference is a lot more difficult than they thought it was going to be. You have to bring it every week. There are no weeks off in a big-time conference.

The Sooners will dominate this game from start to finish and move on to prepare for Texas the following the week.

Game six: Texas, win, 34-20 (6-0)

The annual Red River Showdown in Dallas is the best rivalry in all of college sports. The split of crimson and burnt orange down the middle of the stadium is truly the coolest sight in sports.

Last season, the Sooners rolled into the Cotton Bowl undefeated and were expected to drill the weary Longhorns, but Mack Brown had one more trick up his sleeve, which was simply to take the football and pound it right down Stoops and the Sooners’ throats.

In a strange way, that woke up Oklahoma and made them realize where they needed to make the most improvement in the winter and summer. OU has developed more size in the interior of its defense, so don’t look for Texas to be able to do what they did to the Sooners a year ago.

OU takes this game and stays undefeated as they enter the last half of their season.

Game seven: Kansas State, win, 27-17 (7-0)

Stoops is undefeated in games before and after Texas, so there is no reason to think that will not be the case this year when the Sooners host the Wildcats.

Bill Snyder will always give Stoops fits no matter where he plays them, but especially in Norman. K-State will stick around early in this game, but Oklahoma will find a way to pull away late and get the win.

Game eight: At Iowa State, win, 49-10 (8-0)

The Texas hangover will officially be over and the Sooners will start rolling heading into Ames. OU will open a can of you know what against the Cyclones and look like the best team in the country doing it.

ISU will be outmatched at every position and Oklahoma will put the hammer down early and often as the rout will be on for the Sooners.

Game nine: Baylor, win, 38-17 (9-0)

One thing is for certain with Stoops, if you beat him and beat him bad, you better watch out next year because he will get his revenge.

The Bears put a beating on the Sooners on national television last season in Waco. OU will be going for the same outcome, but reversed this year in Norman.

Oklahoma will get what they are looking for as the crowd will be crazy and the Sooners will run wild on BU, keeping their undefeated season alive.

Game 10: At Texas Tech, win, 27-12 (10-0)

This is the game right here. If Oklahoma can go down to Lubbock and get a big road win against the pesky Red Raiders, they will go undefeated in the regular season and go on to play in the college football playoff.

If this Sooner defense is going to be as good as the OU coaching staff thinks it’s going to be, then this is the game where they will shine.

Look for the OU D to suffocate the Texas Tech offense and make life miserable for Kingsbury and Company. OU walks out of Lubbock still unblemished.

Game 11: Kansas, win, 56-0 (11-0)

The Kansas Jayhawks should just cancel their football program and put all of their money into their basketball team, but ladies and gentlemen, they are just awful.

I think Mustang High School might give the Sooners a better contest than KU will. It would sure be more entertaining to watch, that’s for sure.

Game 12: Oklahoma State, win, 33-14 (12-0)

Bedlam is always an exciting atmosphere in this state. The Sooners are the much better team across the board this season, but this game is one of the most unpredictable games across the country.

OSU will keep the game close for the majority of the game, but OU will break away late and secure a slot in the first ever Division I college football playoffs.

Kyle Salomon is the sports editor at the Mustang News. He can be reached at ksalomon@mustangnews.info.

Sinnett brings first indoor mural home

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By Rachel Brocklehurst,

Imagine you’re in the most calming and profound area of the world where you can see the ripening of the sky as the air from the wind comes in to blow underneath it and the most beautiful scissortail is gracefully expanding her wings, as though not even the air itself can touch her.

That’s what comes to mind when thinking of Mustang native and artist Rick Sinnett. Well, in a couple words.

Sinnett has painted many outdoor murals across the state, until now. The Mustang Library is where his first indoor mural is located.

The Friends of the Mustang Public Library hired Sinnett to paint a mural for the Mustang Library’s Teen Area. The mural features Indian Blanket wildflowers, a Scissortail Flycatcher, wheat stalks and horses.

The mural is 792 square feet, or 67 ft. wide by 12 ft. tall and will be a major addition to the Library and Teen Area.

Twelve teens were a part of a focus group that discussed the mural project. The teens gave suggestions on what symbols could be incorporated in to the design. One popular suggestion was that the space needed color.

Sinnet’s other public art is visible in towns such as Norman, Tulsa, Pauls Valley, El Reno and Bristow. Currently, Sinnett is working on a series of murals along The Mother Road, America’s famous Route 66, from one border of Oklahoma to the other.

He’s finished three out of 11 of the Route 66 murals, so far. Each one has taken two weeks to finish. In addition to creating fine art murals, Sinnett is also a master printmaker.

He has spent 20 years mastering serigraphy and stencil-making, with paint on paper. It’s only been four years since he started painting murals/creating public art.

Sinnet works with a program called Public Arts Project, which is a group of people that want to connect the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain and support the arts in America.

He said Mary Beth Babcock is not only instrumental in the P.A.P., but also was a huge influence for him as far as his art goes. Sinnet’s journey began when one of his friends purchased a piece of original artwork and wanted it painted as a mural.

“I wanted to paint something you don’t have to pay for to see,” he said. “For colors, I normally use between 14-16 of the same colors on the painting palette.”

He paints animals to represent the state and local community. For the Mustang Library, it took him a week and a half to complete. He has created artwork for renowned musicians, notable clothing manufacturers and a leading shoe label.

Sinnett’s work also includes letterpress printmaking, glass etching and sculpting.  Sinnett hit his first milestone at the age of 5, it was drawing actively and creating art through pen and ink printmaking.

His second was when he turned 18. By this time, Sinnett had a printing job in Oklahoma City and was printing some of his designs on t-shirts to sale. This print shop was in Wheatland and lasted five years.

He wound up moving to California where he worked as a print maker in the garment industry. He did what they called sampling where he would “decorate” pieces of clothing from Levi’s or Calvin Klein before they actually got sewn together.

He was in California for seven to eight years. “My goal in this industry is that I want to make people smile with my art,” Sinnet said. “I want them to feel uplifted and I want to make a positive impact. I think art is important in communities.”

He said his style is definable yet unintentional at the same time. “Most people take ownership innately and it gives off a still renewed pride in a community,” Sinnet said. “It’s like it’s no longer mine, it’s the peoples’ and I walk away from it. Within rural communities, my art is a history of their community showcased.”

Sinnet has had some loyal followers that make it a point to go to every mural he’s done. He also likes finding out about other artists who do the same thing.

“I view the state as one whole community,” he said. “There’s a journey from one mural to the next and there’s an economic impact that other aspects can branch out from from the art itself.”

“The difference in feeling from murals to other items in general is that there’s certain serenity within items in general and murals are more engaging for people,” Sinnet said.

Sinnet credits Thomas Surrat, Jake Harmes and Tanner Frady with helping him on the projects. Harmes helped Sinnet with his first two murals and Surrat has helped with several Route 66 projects.

“Surrat is an off-the-record, phenomenal artist,” Sinnet said. “He’s got what it takes to do my style of art. He’s also really busy, so I’m glad he’s been able to help the way he has.” Frady is an excellent artist in Yukon.

As far as influences, Sinnet appreciates his parents encouraging him.

Sinnet said he has “tech guys” changing up his original website, www.mothcollection.com constantly, but there is another website to where there are stock photos of certain designs he’s made and you can create that design on either an iPhone case, tie, messenger bag, mouse pad, decal, t-shirt, other cell cases, etc. This site is www.zazzle.com/mothcollection.

He’s also having an art exhibit with opening reception that’s open to the public at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The reception is Oct. 16 and the actual event is from Oct. 15-Nov. 11. He will be showing between 20-30 of his pieces at this exhibit and they will be on sale all month long.

Rachel Brocklehurst is a reporter for the Mustang News. She can be reached at rachelb@mustangnews.info.

Mustang Youth Football Association upgrades facility

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Numerous volunteers and members of the Mustang Youth Football Association have turned the Mustang youth football facility from unusable to one of the top fields in the area.

The city of Mustang put $1.7 million into the new Little League baseball complex, but has put zero dollars into the youth football facility. The city has donated mowers and other lawn equipment to the MYFA as well as help clean out the ditch that runs through the park.Whole Field One

Through volunteer work, the MYFA has spent roughly $4,000 on upgrades to the youth football field and facilities in the park.

Louis Krivanek, MYFA board president, said without help from the volunteers, there would be no youth football in Mustang this year.

“The field looks great,” he said. “We have watered it constantly and improved the facilities around the field as well. The concession stand looks like a new building, and we have a press box on the way. We have reversed the bleachers so the home-side bleachers are nicer and they look more like football bleachers.”

The area surrounding the main game field used to have fencing that was falling down and shrubbery all around it. The volunteers cleaned all that shrubbery off the area and made room for teams to warm up before their games.

The MYFA ordered 2,000 feet of black mesh to put around the fencing they could not tear down. Games will get under way tonight as the 11-year-old teams will play their preseason round-robin.

“Our goal is to make our facility look as modern as possible,” Krivanek said. “We are repainting and repairing everything we can to make this facility as impressive as possible.”

The ages that will be playing for the MYFA this fall are 6-year-olds through 11-year-olds, first-graders through sixth-graders. So far, the MYFA has 14 teams signed up to play this year, which is the most they have ever had. Roughly 180 new children have signed up to play football this year.

“Our goal is to have around four teams per age group, so we are pleased with the numbers we have this year,” Krivanek said. “We would like that number to keep increasing.”

Krivanek said the MYFA has entered a verbal contract with a company to come in this winter and redo the main game field and then turn one of the practice fields into another game field, so they can play two games at once.

“If we can play two games at once, that would totally eliminate having to play on Saturdays,” he said. “Right now, we still have to play a couple Saturday games, but if we can build another game field, we would just play on weeknights.”

Krivanek said this job wouldn’t get done if it wasn’t for the help of all of the volunteers for the MYFA, including Travis Helling, who is the vice president of the MYFA.

Mustang City Parks and Recreation Director Justin Battles said the city has helped out with the youth football facility a little bit, but the majority of the work has been done by the MYFA.

“They deserve all the credit,” he said. “They have been working tirelessly to make that facility the best it possibly can be. They have added practice space, improved the game field and updated the facilities. It’s really been impressive.”

The MYFA just recently started a website that shows all the information about the Mustang Youth Football Association and how people can help in any way. The website also allows for people to sign up to play in the league. The website is www.mustangyouthfootball.net. Sign-ups for football are May 1 through July 1.

Kyle Salomon is the sports editor at the Mustang News. He can be reached at ksalomon@mustangnews.info.

Mustang to raise water rates

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By Daniel Lapham,

The Mustang City Council voted 8-to-1 on Tuesday to approve a $4.50 capital improvement fee that will be added to all Mustang utility customers’ bills, effective in October.

The council also voted unanimously to increase water and sewer utility rates by 7 percent and signed a contract with Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority that will decrease curbside trash services by $1.50.

Mustang resident Michelle Fuller was the only resident present to speak out against the utility rate increases. She told the council she has abnormally high utility rates and because of this she is concerned with further rate increases.

“Anytime there is a proposed increase in city taxes or fees I have stood against them,” Fuller said after handing the council and city staff copies of her utility bill. “If you look at how much I pay you’ll see why.”

Fuller told the council she knew the rates would probably go through, but needed to be on record with her opposition. Prior to the council’s vote, City Manager Tim Rooney thanked her for respectfully speaking out against the increase.

“It is challenging to stand up here alone and speak against something the city is for,” Rooney said. “We need citizens like you to speak up and I thank you for letting your concerns be known, please continue.”

Rooney and Assistant City Manager Justin Battles presented numbers to the council showing increases in commercial water rates from Oklahoma City over the past several years.

“This 7 percent increase is meant to get us back to even,” Mayor Jay Adams said. “This way we are not taking money out of the general fund to make up the difference in what we are paying Oklahoma City for water and what our customers are paying us.”

Battles presented current and future steps the city is taking to improve Mustang’s infrastructure and decrease dependency on Oklahoma City to supply water.

This led to the approval of the $4.50 capital improvement fee, which is $3 more than Rooney initially proposed at a work session last week.

“Mustang could see a 48 percent increase on their water bills over the next three years,” said Jess Schweinberg, Ward VI councilman. “If this keeps happening, it won’t be long before no one could afford to live in Mustang because of the cost of water. We need to be aggressive with these capital improvement needs. Water is going to go up and we need to start today, $125,000 is not going to make a difference.”

Ward III Councilwoman Linda Bowers voted against the $4.50 increase, saying she agreed there needs to be investment, but an added fee of $4.50 is too much all at once.

“I think we need to do it in stages,” Bowers said.

Adams framed the immensity of the need to be self-sustaining.

“Water is the new oil. This isn’t going away and we need to address these things now.”

Daniel Lapham is a reporter for the Mustang News sister paper, the El Reno Tribune. He can be reached at dlapham@elrenotribune.com.

Lady Broncos start 2014 strong on diamond

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The Lady Broncos softball team made quick work of Putnam City West on the road Thursday afternoon with a five-inning 11-0 win over the Patriots.

Senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut started the game in the circle for Mustang, and in two innings of work struck out six batters and allowed just one base runner, who reached safely on an error.Jaquelyn Kelm One

Freshman Kylie Dodson came in for Chestnut in the bottom of the third inning and held Putnam City West scoreless in two innings of duty in the circle. Dodson had three strikeouts with no walks and allowed two hits in her first varsity outing.

Junior Lexi Vargas started at first base for Mustang, but came in to close the game in the circle in the bottom of the fifth. Vargas had three strikeouts and walked one batter in her one inning of action.

The MHS offense was potent against the Lady Patriots’ pitching as the Broncos scored in three out of the five innings in the contest. Mustang scored three runs in the first inning, four runs in the second and four in the third inning. They were scoreless in innings four and five.

Senior catcher Jaquelyn Kelm was explosive at the plate for the Lady Broncos as she finished the night with four RBIs on a two-run home run and a two-run double. Fellow senior Caisey Jones was also solid at the plate as the shortstop logged three hits in the game.

Overall, the Mustang defense allowed just four Putnam City West base runners while the offense had 14 total hits in the first game of the season.

Mustang head coach Bryan Howard said he was pleased with the first game of the year.

“It was a good win. Any win is a good win. It’s a good way to start for us. We got a lot of good work in today. Our short game was good today and we got three different pitchers in the game, which helped us get ready for Broken Arrow.”

Lady Broncos go 4-2 in Broken Arrow tournament

Despite dropping their first two games of the event, the Mustang softball team had a strong weekend in BA, going 4-2 in the tournament.

The Bronco girls lost two one-run games to Chickasha, 5-4, and Owasso, 4-3. They defeated Poteau, 8-0, hung on to beat Westmoore, 8-7, shut down Coweta, 2-0, and had their way with Cleveland, 8-0.

Following the tournament, Mustang’s overall record was 5-2.

Chestnut pitched a perfect game for the Lady Broncos against Cleveland.

Howard said he was proud of the way the girls competed throughout the weekend.

“We made several mistakes, but all of the mistakes we made were because we were thinking ahead too much,” he said. “I can handle those kinds of mistakes because you can fix those. We start five freshmen right now, so for the first 15 games or so, we are going to make mistakes, but I’m very proud of the way we bounced back to win four in a row.”

The Lady Broncos traveled to Putnam City North on Monday and played their first regular season home game on Tuesday evening against Norman. Both games are district contests.

Mustang will participate in the Southmoore Festival at 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Kyle Salomon is the sports editor at the Mustang News. He can be reached at ksalomon@mustangnews.info.

Mustang City Council looks at Code of Ethics and Conduct

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By Daniel Lapham,

At a special City Council work session meeting on Aug. 11, the Mustang City Council and staff discussed the possibility of implementing a “Council Code of Ethics and Conduct.”

City Manager Tim Rooney presented two examples of current civic “Code of Ethics” standards. The reception from council members was mixed. As of Monday, Rooney said no further action would be pursued.

“There were two different ‘Council Code of Ethics’ presented to the City Council for discussion purposes,” Rooney said. “As a result of the discussion that occurred on Monday evening last week, staff has no plans for action on any Council Code of Ethics unless directed to do so by the City Council.”

Rooney told the council he and staff looked through records of the council and were unable to find a standing code of ethics or conduct.

“I believe many of the issues we have had in the past with social media and conflict between council members could be addressed through a code of ethics and conduct. I believe a code of ethics would instill guidelines and inform the community what they can expect from their council members.”

Ward V Councilwoman Linda Hagan said she does not believe the council needs a code of ethics. She said the oath of office, taken by every elected official, outlines his or her ethics and beyond that freedom of speech should be protected.

“I am not in agreement with adopting a code of ethics,” Hagan said.

Ward VI Councilman Jess Schweinberg said a code of ethics could be a positive step in outlining a standard model of public official behavior and conduct.

“You have to have standards set,” he said. “We are supposed to be setting the groundwork for out future generations. I see how this could be helpful.”

Mayor Jay Adams said at this point he would like council members to take time to think about the possibility. Action may be taken down the road.

“This could be valuable in the future. This brings up some questions. Should the council have a way to hold council members accountable for their words and actions?”

 

 

    PROPOSED

MUSTANG CITY COUNCIL

CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT

 

 

Compliance with all Laws

 

City Council members shall comply with the laws of the United States, the State of Oklahoma and the City of Mustang in the performance of their public duties.  Such laws include but are not limited to: the United States and State of Oklahoma Constitutions, the City of Mustang Charter, laws pertaining to conflicts of interest, election campaigns, financial disclosures, open meeting law, open records law, the City of Mustang Code of Ordinances and all policies adopted by the City Council.

 

Integrity and Accuracy

 

City Council members are expected to perform their duties with absolute integrity. No member of the City Council shall under any circumstances make a statement for any purpose that is known by the member to be inaccurate or intended to be misleading

 

Conduct of Members

 

It is acceptable and expected that City Council members may disagree about issues brought before the Council.  However, it is not acceptable for any City Council member to make derogatory comments and gestures about other Council members, their opinions or their actions.  City Council members shall refrain from exhibiting abusive conduct, personal allegations or verbal attacks upon the character or motives of other members of the City Council, members of City boards or commissions, the staff and the public.

 

The professional and personal conduct of City Council members should be above reproach and shall avoid even the appearance of impropriety. City Council members should conduct their official and personal affairs in such a manner that does not in any way suggest that they may be improperly influenced in the performance of their official duties. City Council members shall, to the best of their ability, serve the citizens of the City of Mustang conscientiously and with honesty and impartiality. City Council members shall seek to perform their duties with diligence, efficiency and courtesy.  Members of the City Council shall each make impartial decisions based upon consideration and analysis of the facts, circumstances, merits and laws of each case without taking into account unrelated considerations.

 

Electronic Devices During Meetings

 

In the spirit of the Open Meeting Act and in furtherance of the City Council’s commitment to conducting government business with as much order and transparency as possible, electronic devices belonging to a Councilor shall be turned off or set on airplane mode during City Council meetings.  Use of electronic devices by City Council members for talking, texting, email or otherwise during City Council meetings is, except for emergency communications, prohibited.  It is the City Council’s intent to prohibit electronic communications between members of the Council and other persons during City Council meetings.  Prohibiting communications of this type enables the Council to operate with maximum transparency and allows the Council to avoid any appearance or perception of engaging in discussions or deliberations not open to the public during City Council meetings.

 

Respect for Process

 

City Council members shall perform their duties with the processes and rules of order established by the City Council. Upon a “Call to Order” of the City Council meeting, Councilors will respect that a meeting is in progress and recognize that it is inappropriate to temporarily exit the meeting unless a recess or adjournment has been called by the mayor.  While a meeting is in progress, Council members should refrain from having “side bar” conversations with each other or with city staff.

 

Public Meetings

 

City Council members have the right to personally endorse candidates for all City Council seats and other elected offices. However, it is inappropriate to mention endorsements during City Council meetings or other official City meetings or hearings. 

 

City Council members shall prepare themselves for discussions of public issues brought before the City Council. City Council members will listen courteously and attentively to all discussion and comment on the issue by the public, City staff and other City Council members. City Council members shall refrain from interrupting other speakers unless compelled to do so to ensure compliance with City Council policies or processes for public meetings and shall additionally refrain from interfering with the orderly conduct of City Council meetings.

 

Impartiality

 

All City Council meetings and hearings shall be conducted fairly and impartially. City Council members shall not show favoritism in carrying out the City’s business. The receipt of campaign contributions shall not in any circumstance constitute a basis for preferential treatment.

 

 

Acting in the Public Interest

 

The primary goal and concern of each member of the City Council is to serve the public interest and uphold the public trust to the very best of their abilities.  Therefore, City Council members will work together for the common good of the citizens of Mustang and not for any private or personal interest, and City Council members will strive to assure fair and equal treatment of all persons, claims, issues or transactions brought before the Mustang City Council.

 

Conflict of Interest

 

Any member of the City Council who has a conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, in any matter brought before the City Council for consideration or action shall declare and disclose the conflict of interest to the City Council and shall not participate in discussion or voting on the matter. A conflict of interest shall be defined as a statutory conflict of interest or any situation, circumstance or financial interest that has the potential, in the City Councilor’s opinion and judgment, to interfere with the proper exercise of public duty.

 

The minutes of a meeting wherein a declaration of a conflict was made shall not record a vote on behalf of a City Council member who leaves the room during discussion and voting upon the issue. The minutes of such meeting shall, however, record a “no” vote if the City Council member remains in the room and abstains from voting, such recordation being in accordance with Oklahoma State Law and the Mustang Code of Ordinances.

 

Gifts and Favors

 

City Council members shall not directly or indirectly solicit, receive or accept any gift if 1) a reasonable inference could be drawn that the gift was intended to influence them in the performance of their official duties, or, 2) the gift is intended to serve as a reward or in appreciation of any official action taken by the City Council member. City Council members shall not solicit or accept any gifts, favors or promises of future benefits which might compromise the independent judgment and action or which might give the appearance of being compromised. City Council members shall not take special advantage of services or opportunities for personal gain, by virtue of their public offices that are not available to the public in general.

 

Political Advocacy

 

City Council members shall not provide testimonials or endorsements that identify themselves as city council members to any political candidate, business, program or other entity or activity unless brought to a vote before the City Council and approved by a majority of the seated Council members. Personal endorsements or opinions without prior Council approval should make clear that they in no way reflect the official position of the City Council or the City of Mustang.

 

Political Fundraising Activities

 

No City Council member shall use his or her position, authority or influence, whether actually possessed or anticipated, to interfere with or affect the results of an election or to obtain a political or other type contribution. City Council members shall not use or attempt to use any political endorsement in connection with any appointment to any City board or commission.

 

These rules are not intended to preclude City Council members from political fundraising activities, but to ensure that these activities are undertaken only at private initiative and expenses in their role as private citizens and thus do not reflect upon the official activities of the City.

 

Communication

 

City Council members shall endeavor to share with all other councilors in timely manner any substantive information that is relevant to a matter under consideration by the City Council which was received by the Council member from sources external to the public decision-making process.

 

Confidential Information

 

City Council members shall respect and preserve the confidentiality of information concerning the property, personnel or affairs of the City. City Council members shall neither disclose confidential information without proper legal authorization nor use such information in any way to advance or further their personal, financial or private gain. Confidential Information shall not include any information that is or becomes publicly available other then as a result of disclosure by Recipient, which is disclosed by any third-party not known by Recipient, and who Recipient has no reason to believe to be under any contractual or fiduciary obligation not to disclose such information; was in the Recipient’s possession prior to disclosure, or is independently developed by the Recipient.

 

Advocacy

 

City Council members shall represent the official policies or positions of the City Council to the best of their ability when designated as delegates or representatives of the City. If a City Council member acting as a delegate or representative of the City presents their personal opinions or positions on such an issue the member shall explicitly state that their comments do not represent the City of Mustang or the City Council.

 

Policy Role of City Council Members

 

City Council members shall respect and adhere to the Council–Manager form of municipal government implemented in the City of Mustang through its charter and as outlined in Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  The Council–Manager form of government provides for the City Council to determine all matters of policy for the City of Mustang. Additionally, the Council–Manager form of municipal government provides that the City Manager shall be responsible for all day-to-day operations of the City. Accordingly, City Council members shall not interfere with or impair the ability of the City Manager and other City staff to determine and implement day-to-day operational matters.

 

Implementation of Code of Ethics and Conduct

 

This Code of Ethics and Conduct is intended to be self-enforcing by members of the City Council.  City Council members shall be thoroughly familiar with this Code and shall make every reasonable effort to adhere to its provisions. The Code of Ethics and Conduct shall be included in the orientation training for newly elected City Council members. All City Council members shall sign a statement affirming they have read and understand the City of Mustang Code of Ethics and Conduct.

Daniel Lapham is a reporter with the Mustang News sister paper, the El Reno Tribune. He can be reached at dlapham@elrenotribune.com

Mustang volleyball team off to hot start

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First-year head coach Caitlyn Bernhardt couldn’t have asked for a better start to her coaching career than the one she got last weekend at the Bishop McGuinness tournament.

The Lady Broncos volleyball team played five matches in the two-day event, winning four out of the five and making it to the tournament championship game, where they would eventually fall to host team Bishop McGuinness.VB Six

“I’m honestly kind of shocked with how well we played,” Bernhardt said. “I knew we had the ability and the talent to play well, but we lost a lot of players from last year’s group, so I didn’t expect these young girls to come in and play the way they played in their first varsity experience. It was really great to see.”

Mustang opened up the tournament against Putnam City North. MHS made quick and easy work of the Lady Panthers with a three games to none sweep to open their regular season.

In their second contest of the event, the Bronco girls took on Choctaw, a team that has given them fits over the past several years. Mustang won a thrilling match against the Yellowjackets, three games to two.

MHS took the first two games of the match, but Choctaw responded by taking the next two games, forcing a fifth and deciding game. The Lady Broncos were able to hold off the Yellowjackets and get their second win of the season.

The Broncos then took on Putnam City and handled the Lady Pirates with relative ease, winning that match three games to one.

In the semifinal match-up, Mustang took on Midwest City. MHS would prevail in the contest, but they would need another five games to do it. Unlike the Choctaw match, the Lady Broncos and Lady Bombers traded games with Mustang winning games one, three and five, while MWC won games two and four.

In the championship match, the Bronco girls took on the host of the tournament, Bishop McGuinness, one of the top volleyball programs in all of Class 5A.

The Fighting Irish took care of business against Mustang, ending the winning streak and handing the Lady Broncos their first loss of the 2014 season.

“I was really impressed with our offense,” Bernhardt said. “I thought we moved the ball around really well and our play around the net was really good. We lost a lot of height from last year’s group, so for our younger girls around the net to play the way they did was a great sign for the future.”

The Lady Broncos opened dual play this week as they played host to Putnam City North on Tuesday evening. MHS hosts defending Class 6A state champion Edmond Santa Fe at 6 p.m. tonight at the Wellness Center at Mustang High School.

The Broncos travel to Westmoore Friday and Saturday for a two-day tournament this weekend.

“Even though we played well and got off to a good start, we still have a lot of room to improve,” Bernhardt said. “Obviously, it was a great way to start for us, but it’s a long season. We have to keep working hard and getting better.”

Kyle Salomon is the sports editor at the Mustang News. He can be reached at ksalomon@mustangnews.info.

Lady Bronco softball team dismantles PC West in opener

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The Lady Bronco softball team made quick work of Putnam City West on the road Thursday afternoon with a five-inning 11-0 win over the Patriots.website commentary new.qxd

Senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut started the game in the circle for Mustang, and in two innings of work struck out six batters and allowed just one base runner, who reached safely on an error.

Freshman Kylie Dodson came in for Chestnut in the bottom of the third inning and held Putnam City West scoreless in two innings of duty in the circle. Dodson had three strikeouts with no walks and allowed two hits in her first varsity outing.

Junior Lexi Vargas started at first base for Mustang, but came in to close the game in the circle in the bottom of the fifth. Vargas had three strikeouts and walked one batter in her one inning of action.

The MHS offense was potent against the Lady Patriot pitching as the Broncos scored in three out of the five innings in the contest. Mustang scored three runs in the first inning, four runs in the second and four in the third inning. They were scoreless in innings four and five.

Senior catcher Jaquelyn Kelm was explosive at the plate for the Lady Broncos as she finished the night with four RBI’s on a two-run homerun and a two-run double. Fellow senior Caisey Jones was also solid at the plate as the short stop had three hits in the game.

Overall, the Mustang defense allowed just four Putnam City West base runners while the offense had 14 total hits in the first game of the season.

Mustang head coach Bryan Howard said he was pleased with the first game of the year.

“It was a good win. Any win is a good win. It’s a good way to start for us. We got a lot of good work in today. Our short game was good today and we got three different pitchers in the game, which helped us get ready for Broken Arrow.”

The Lady Broncos hit the road for Broken Arrow directly following their win at Putnam City West. Mustang is playing in a two-day tournament Friday and Saturday at BA High School. MHS will play six games total in the event.

Kyle Salomon is the sports editor at the Mustang News. He can be reached at ksalomon@mustangnews.info.

Rev. John G. Hall

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Rev. John G. Hall, age 97, longtime Assembly of God pastor and prophecy teacher, passed into the arms of Jesus Christ on Sunday August 10, 2014 from his home in Newcastle, OK. He was born August 21, 1916 in St. Paul, VA to Jim and Elizabeth (Robinett) Hall.  He grew up and attended school in St. Paul and was a graduate of Zion Bible Institute, Zion, Illinois.  The Halls spent most of their adult life in ministry to the Lord, serving churches in Virginia, North Dakota, New York, Illinois and Canada.    Rev. Hall worked many years as instructor for the Thomas Staley Foundation at different Bible Colleges throughout the United States, England, Canada and South Korea. The last 50 years of his ministry was spent on the evangelistic field teaching prophecy. He was the author of four books on prophecy and was known worldwide for his famous “Chart of Bible Prophecy”. Brother and Sister Hall moved to Newcastle in 1980.  He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and sisters and one son Bobby.  Survivors include his wife of 75 years, Louise of the home, one daughter Donna Brownell and husband Floyd of Newcastle and one granddaughter Candace Brownell of Dallas, Texas.  Visitation will be 1-8pm on Wednesday, with family greeting friends from 5-8pm.  Services will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at The Bridge Assembly of God, Mustang, OK with interment following at Heritage Burial Park in Oklahoma City under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, Mustang, Oklahoma.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com

Kenneth Wayne Jackson

Kenneth Wayne Jackson, 83, of Yukon, passed away Aug. 8 at his home. Mr. Jackson was born Sept. 22, 1930, in Seminole to Lattie and Mary (Davidson) Jackson. He had been living in Yukon since 1973, moving from Yale. He served in the U.S. Army while serving in the Korean War. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, American Legion Post 34 in El Reno, worked for Mustang schools in the maintenance department and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Jim and Pearl Davidson; brothers, Jerry and Floyd Jackson; and son-in-law, Kenneth Shelton.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline of the home; son, Derreck and wife, Jennifer of Yukon; daughter, Kennita Shelton of Yukon; brother, Jim Jackson and wife, Cherry of Broken Arrow; sisters, Marilyn Wright of Cushing and Virginia Mauser and husband, Kenneth of Henderson, Nev.; grandchildren, Ashley Jackson, Dawson Jackson, Carissa Shelton and husband, Bobby, and Brandon Shelton; great-grandchildren, Payton Shelton and Cort Shelton. Services were held Wednesday, Aug. 13 in the chapel of Smith and Turner Mortuary, with burial following in the Yukon Cemetery.