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Volleyball season comes to an end

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Mustang News sports reports,

Mustang’s volleyball team saw its season come to an end Oct. 9 at Norman North with a three games to one loss to Moore.

The Lady Broncos competed in the Norman North regional as the No.3 seed with Moore being the No.2 seed. NN was the No.1 seed and Lawton was the No.4 seed.

Mustang finished with a record of 13-18 this season. The Bronco girls started the year at 5-2, but closed with a record of 8-16.

The highlight of the Mustang season was two victories, three games to none, over rival Yukon.

The Lady Broncos have four seniors that played their final match of their Mustang careers against Moore. Lesley Barnes, Emma Hudson, Heidi McDaniel and Reagan McNeil are set to graduate from Mustang High School in May.

City council approves employee benefit ordinance

By Matt Montgomery

The Mustang city council voted to approve an agenda item Tuesday, amending the Employee Retirement System and Defined benefit Plan of the City of Mustang.

The ordinance the council approved also called for a new definition of spouse. And with the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week, allowing several states to temporarily grant marriage licenses to same sex couples, including Oklahoma, several members of the city council, during the discussion portion of this agenda item, made it clear they didn’t agree with the Supreme Court’s decision. However, the agenda item they passed Tuesday didn’t address that issue, but rather the issue of retirement and benefits for city employees.

The new ordinance focuses on the Windsor Agreement, which is a component of federal law. In order for the City of Mustang to be in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service, a recommendation was made by city staff to pass the ordinance. The agreement specifically applies to distribution and rollover rules for city employees.

According to Jodi Cox, director of the Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund, the Windsor Amendment made to the OMRF, the new definition of spouse, for federal tax purposes, will be defined as same sex if the individuals were lawfully married under a state with laws to validate, authorize and recognize same-sex marriages. See letter to city here.

According to the Mustang city attorney, the U.S. vs. Windsor case dealt with a same-sex couple that lived in New York. When the first spouse passed away, the second spouse tried to claim the exemption, but was denied that right because of the Defense of Marriage Act. The Supreme Court overturned the state’s decision to deny them that right and that spouse was allowed the exemption.

If the council had voted to not approve the agenda item, city employees such as fire fighters, police officers and all other city employees’ retirement plans would become taxable after Dec. 31. They are not taxable right now.

And with Tuesday night’s approval of the agenda item, they will not become taxable.

Mustang City Councilwoman Linda Bowers, Ward 3, voted “no” on the agenda item.

She said during the discussion period before casting her vote, if the council votes “no,” city employees will be taxed.

“We have to make a decision for or against what God’s word says,” Bowers said. “That plays a huge part in my decision. I’m going to have to stand before a living God and report everything that I’ve done. This is important for me to stay true to God. It doesn’t matter about the taxes for me. God can provide whatever money we need.”

Some of the other council members voted to approve, but with protest. A with protest “yes” vote is still considered a “yes” vote, but essentially means that council member may not agree with it personally.

OMRF letter to City of Mustang

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Canyon Ridge student wins fire prevention poster contest

Photographer/Matt Montgomery
Canyon Ridge Intermediate students Bethany Hutto, Ella Emillio, Lily Dilbeck, Paige Gulley and Maya Beesley join Mustang Fire Cheif Carl Hickman and fire department representative Eric Halter to show off their posters they won trophies for during the Fire Prevention Month Poster Contest held by the fire department.

 By Matt Montgomery

Several students from local schools participated in a poster contest for Fire Prevention Month, in which they had the opportunity to learn a few things about fire safety while having fun drawing.

Canyon Ridge Intermediate students had five of the top 10 poster contest winners. The top five from Canyon Ridge were Bethany Hutto, first place, Ella Emillio, third place, Lily Dilbeck, fourth place, Paige Gulley, fifth place and Maya Beesley, 10th place.

Canyon Ridge art teacher Nancy Matheson, who worked with the kids on the posters, said the students really enjoyed learning about fire safety and using art to do so.

“The kids loved designing the posters,” she said. “They took them (posters) home with them so they could focus on it. Sometimes they work better when it’s quiet at home.”

The most prominent was the smoke detector.

Mustang Fire Chief Carl Hickman said it is important to reach students at the elementary age to teach them about fire safety and how smoke detectors work.

“We know the younger we can instill in people’s minds the fire safety messages they need to know, then the easier it is to keep it in their minds,” Hickman said. “This is the perfect age to address those safety issues. Also, those kids are going to go home and pressure mom and dad to do what they were taught that day at school. It’s a good age for us to get in and spread that message to them.”

Broncos prepare for offensive onslaught tonight against Norman North

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The last time the Broncos football team was in Tiger Stadium in Norman, they were celebrating a first-round playoff win over Norman North.

Mustang will return to the site of that win at 7 tonight with a district showdown with the commentary new.qxd

The Broncos come into the game with an overall record of 4-1 and a district mark of 2-0, while Norman North comes in with a three-game losing streak and a record of 2-3 and 0-2 in district play. NN is coached by Wade Stanley.

However, the T-wolves have played arguably the toughest schedule in the state, as they played the state’s third, second and first-ranked teams in a row the past three weeks.

“They have played the top three ranked teams in our class the past three weeks,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “So coming into this game off a three-game losing streak doesn’t mean anything. They are a terrific football team. They are well-coached and have a lot of talent. We are going to have to play well.”

Norman North opened the season with a 37-13 victory over rival Norman. They then took down Yukon 42-28 in week two. In week three, the Timberwolves took on Westmoore and fell to the Jaguars 48-41. Owasso then defeated NN in week four by a score of 45-20 and then last week, they fell to Tulsa Union 56-21.

Mustang opened the season with a 41-14 win at rival Yukon. In week two, Stillwater rolled into Bronco Stadium and upset the Broncos 35-26. Mustang responded with a road upset of Edmond Memorial 57-37. In week four, MHS took down Edmond North 34-20, and last week, Mustang hammered Putnam City North 46-0.

“We know they have had this game circled for a long time,” Dombek said. “Ever since we beat them at their place in the playoffs last year, they have been waiting for this game. We know we are going to be in a fight.”

Coming into tonight’s matchup, Mustang is averaging 33.7 points per game and averaging 425.4 total offensive yards per contest including 200.2 on the ground and 225.2 through the air.

Defensively, the Broncos are allowing 18 points per game. They are giving up 251.5 total yards per contest including 102.7 rushing and 148.8 passing.

Junior quarterback Chandler Garrett is leading Mustang through the air with 1,221 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. Garrett has completed 90 passes out of 138 attempts and has thrown four interceptions. The junior has also run for 162 yards and three touchdowns on 53 carries.

Senior running back Chase Brown has rushed for 721 yards this season and six touchdowns on 93 rushes. Brown has also caught 18 passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns.

Senior receiver David Parker leads the team in receptions so far this year with 22 catches for 408 yards and four touchdowns.

Junior receiver Bobby Brown is second on the team with 10 receptions for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

“We like the way we are playing right now,” Dombek said. “But we have to keep improving and getting better.”

Defense, air attack highlight blowout win over PC North

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Defense and the passing game headlined the 46-0 victory for the Broncos against Putnam City North last Friday night on homecoming night at Mustang High School.

The Mustang defense held the Panthers to just 51 yards of total offense, including minus 31 rushing yards, while the Bronco offense attacked PC North through the air with 297 of the 378 total yards coming from the passing commentary new.qxd

The home district win improved Mustang’s overall record to 4-1 this season and 2-0 in district play.

“We played a full game defensively for the first time this whole season,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “PC North has some good athletes over there, and we played really well all night long. I thought we missed some opportunities early on offensively, but we played well overall.”

Mustang didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard, as the Broncos took their opening drive down the field and put it in the end zone, grabbing an early 7-0 lead.

The Broncos had two more possessions in the first quarter, but only managed a field goal to take a 10-0 lead into the second frame.

Mustang took total control of the game in the second quarter, putting 22 points on the board against the Panthers. At the halftime break, the Broncos led PC North 32-0.

In the third quarter, Mustang continued to dominate on both sides of the ball, putting two more touchdowns on the scoreboard to give the Broncos the 46-point victory.

The Broncos finished with 23 total first downs and no turnovers. They had 81 rushing yards and committed seven penalties for 65 yards. Mustang was 4-for-12 on third downs in the game.

“Putnam City North loaded the box and wanted to take away our running game,” Dombek said. “That opened up a lot with our passing game, and I thought we handled that well.”

Junior quarterback Chandler Garrett finished the night with 260 passing yards on 17-of-26 passing with four touchdowns. Garrett also had 24 yards rushing on seven carries.

Fellow junior backup quarterback Luke Ring saw action in the fourth quarter for the first time this season. Ring finished with 37 yards through the air and completed four out of seven passes.

“It was good to get some of our young guys into the game, because that helps build depth,” Dombek said. “You always have to take advantage of those opportunities because during the season, you will have to count on those young backups to come in and play important minutes for you.”

Senior running back Chase Brown didn’t have a lot of room to run last Friday night, but still managed 28 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown. Brown also affected the game with his hands, as he caught five passes for 45 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Aaron Kinchion was the second-leading rusher for the Broncos last Friday night with 27 yards on seven carries.

Senior receiver David Parker stole the show from the receiver position, as he caught eight passes for 148 yards and one touchdown.

Junior receiver Bobby Brown had one reception in the game for 42 yards.

Defensively, Mustang was stout against the Panthers. The Broncos held PC North to seven first downs and didn’t allow Putnam City North to convert any third downs in the game.

The Panthers finished the night with 82 passing yards and four turnovers, all coming through interceptions. PC North also had six penalties for 63 yards on the night.

Virginia Lorene Miller

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Virginia Lorene Miller passed peacefully from this world on Sept. 28 and is now among the angels with her parents and seven of her siblings. Virginia was born to Wilson and Birdie Grider on March 23, 1926, in Velma, the third of their nine children.

Virginia is survived by her brother, Bernice Grider; her daughters and their spouses, Donna and Alvin Brasier, Jeannie and Joe McDoulett, Mitzi and Charles McLain and Candace and Eric Myers; 10 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren, as well as many other family members and dear friends.

There will be a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at McNeil’s Funeral Service. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City.

Mildred R. Jacob

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Mildred R. Jacob, a resident of Stratford was born October 31, 1935 in Casa Grande, Arizona, to Ora A and Edna (Enyart) Dobbs. She passed away Tuesday September 23, 2014 at Stratford, Oklahoma at the age of 78 years 10 months and 22 days. Mildred grew up in the Rocky area, and had lived in Mustang before moving to the Stratford area. She was a member of the Church of the First Born. She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters: Phyllis McCoy, Cindy Bashaw, Deola Reeves, Evelyn Collins, 2 brothers: Gene Dobbs, Billy Dobbs.
and a great grandson: Landon Jacob.
Survived by her 3 Daughters: Christi Hunter of Stratford, OK.
Lesa Akins of Tuttle, OK. and Randi Qualls of Stratford, OK;.
Sons: Tony Jacob of Okla. City,OK. and Mark Jacob of Stratford, OK.
Sisters: Margaret Anderson of Prairie View, OK. and Joyce Dean of Prairie View, OK. 15 Grandchildren, 11 Great grandchildren,
Pallbearers: Cody Jacob, Taylor Hunter, Jacob Hunter, Dade Eddy, Silas Akins,
Kyle Qualls, Tyler Miner.
Graveside Services will be held Friday September 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Oaklawn Cemetery officiated by Brother Dusty Langley and Brother Bob Hunter. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home

Cheer squad takes sixth at state with flawless performance

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The Mustang varsity cheer squad turned in a “flawless” routine last Saturday in the State Cheer Competition, earning a sixth-place overall finish.

The cheer team finished with a score of 236 points after the final count was in from the judges. The competition took place Saturday evening at the Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in commentary new.qxd

Mustang cheer coach Katy Caudle said she was proud of the way her team performed.

“Our goal was to win and have a clean, solid routine. Our advanced skills were great, our jumps were really good and our tumbling was great. We didn’t drop anything either, so it was a flawless routine.”

Every squad participating in the state competition had no more than two minutes to complete their routine.

Each routine required a basket toss, elite stunting, a pyramid, jumps, standing tumbling, running tumbling and a motion section.

Caudle said to get all of that into one routine that was just two minutes long required countless hours of practice time for the cheer squad.

The team practices three mornings every week from 6 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. and every afternoon after school from 2:45 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.

On top of the practice time the cheer girls are required to put in, they have to cheer at every varsity, junior varsity and freshman football game for Mustang.

The varsity cheer squad is made up of 24 girls, while the freshman team has 10 on the squad. The varsity team that competed at state was required to be trimmed down to 18 members. Freshmen through seniors made up the 18-girl team.

Even though the state competition is behind them, the Mustang varsity cheer squad is not done with competitions. Their next step is the National Cheer Competition this coming January in Dallas.

Caudle said the cheer squad is going to continue practicing and getting ready for the national competition. She said they are planning to take two routines (squads) to Dallas to compete.

Caudle is in her first year as coach for the Mustang cheer squad, but this is her second year as a teacher in Mustang Public Schools.

The Ada native graduated from Ada High School where she was a varsity cheerleader and a varsity pom team member. Caudle was a Universal Cheer Association All-Star cheerleader while in high school as well.

Caudle chose to attend Oklahoma State University where she was awarded numerous scholarships for her involvement in the Miss America organization.

Caudle is now a judge for the Miss America organization and she said she enjoys it. “I love being a part of the Miss America organization. It has been a great experience.”

In the 2013-2014 school year, Caudle started the mock trial competitive law program at Mustang High School.

“I was a state champion in high school in the mock trial competitive law program at Ada High School,” Caudle said. “When I came to Mustang, they didn’t have a program, so I decided to try and start one, and it has been great so far.”

The Mustang cheer coach position came open during the spring semester last year, and Caudle was approached by several Mustang High School administrators about the position. She was officially hired last April to be the new coach.

“It was a no-brainer,” Caudle said. “I love it. It’s a big time commitment, but I love the girls. It’s totally worth it. This group is special. Our seniors are doing concurrent enrollment. We have National Honor Society members, we have a girl in the FFA, we have a girl in the band and we have a girl (Taylor Collins) who is a homecoming court nomination. All these girls are really well-rounded. It’s been awesome.”

District judge rules in land dispute over Cedar Lake fire station

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By Daniel Lapham,

The Cedar Lake fire station belongs to Canadian County.

That’s how District Judge Gary E. Miller ruled after hearing arguments presented by Assistant District Attorney Paul Hesse. The action came Friday.

County employee Howie Sutton purchased the property in April after a clerical error allowed the property to be placed for sale as a tax delinquent property.

According to court documents, the county has owned the property for the last 14 years. The error in how the property was coded led to the Cedar Lake real estate being placed up for auction.

Seeing the property up for bid, Sutton purchased it for $100. According to documents, Sutton, through his attorney Mark Osby, asked the court to award him title to the property or pay Sutton more than $75,000 for the property plus fees associated with the case.

The judge agreed with Hesse that the county did not have authority to sell the land and vacated Sutton’s deed. Sutton’s $100 was reimbursed and the land went back to the county to be used by the Cedar Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Hesse filed the initial petition on June 3 in district court asking that the deed be returned to the volunteer fire department. The property in question was donated to the county by the Western Sportsman Club to be used for the fire department. According to the deed the Western Sportsman Club was entitled to “right of first refusal” to buy the land back. The judge agreed with the county’s claims it did not have authority to sell due to this stipulation

In addition, Miller said Sutton did not do anything wrong by purchasing the property, but because there was no authority to sell the property, the sale was not legal and thus void.