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Mustang Public Schools to hold annual job fair

Mustang Public Schools will hold its annual job fair April 10.

Scheduled for 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., the event is for both certified and support staff, said Shannon Rigsby, MPS public information officer. It will be a come-and-go event where applicants may speak with administrators, present their resume and ask questions.

“Even if a position is not open, but candidates want to be considered for future openings, they are encouraged to attend,” Rigsby said.

The fair will be held at Mustang High School’s commons, located at 801 S. Snyder Drive. Applicants are asked to bring multiple copies of their resumes, as well as a completed MPS application, if the district does not yet have one on file, Rigsby said.

To see a list of current openings for certified and support, stop by the district website, www.mustangps.org, and click on the employment tab.

 

Dahl given patriotic honor

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Pete and Sheila Dahl are presented with the Patriotic Employer plaque commending Dahl Heat & Air for their support in the reintegration of fighting men and women who have returned home from active duty and putting them to work in good jobs. The Office of the Secretary of Defense recognizes those companies who support the Guard and Reserve by hiring those who have bravely served.  Pictured from left to right are general manager Justin Eisenhour, operations manager Jana Robinson, owners Pete and Sheila Dahl and Lt. Col. (Ret) Billy Maxwell. (Photo/courtesy)

Martinez brings skills to new Mustang restaurant

Enrique Martinez (Photo/Traci Chapman)

By Traci Chapman

Oklahoma City’s Petroleum Club is classic, sophisticated, expensive – it’s a far cry from the down-to-earth atmosphere that is Mustang. And it’s where Enrique Martinez worked for 15 years.

As Petroleum Club head chef, Martinez created culinary masterpieces – and members and their guests paid a pretty penny for his food, as much as for the club’s atmosphere. However, when he came to a fork in the road, Martinez decided to change his path, opening a restaurant near his Mustang home.

“I just want to cook for my neighbors,” he said.

His neighbors are excited he made that decision, based on the packed restaurant that is Texcalco, located behind Luigiano’s in a space previously held by another longtime eatery. With a completely redecorated space and a fresh way of looking at Mexican food, residents have been spreading the word on social media about Martinez’s Texcalco, open just about six weeks.

“It’s amazing the response we’ve had – we can’t believe how busy it is,” said Ivan Gonzalez, friend/general manager/waiter, who has helped Martinez bring Texcalco to life. “We have people who can’t get in because we’re so crowded who come back the next day.”

(Photo/Traci Chapman)

(Photo/Traci Chapman)

Martinez said while he enjoyed his years at the Petroleum Club, he always wanted to work closer to home, to shape his own dishes his way for people he knew and cared about. It was a dream he held onto despite some interesting temptation – the day he closed on the new restaurant, he was offered a chance to work at an upscale hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.

“I knew this is what I wanted to do, that this was the right decision,” Martinez said.

Living on five acres just south of Mustang, Martinez said he purchased the restaurant with the hope of keeping a small, bistro feel to it. Customers had a different idea, Gonzalez said.

“Mustang wanted more – they really responded so we took a look and made some additions to the menu,” he said.

That menu is constantly evolving as Martinez tests his customers’ preferences, all the while using flavors he learned from his mom. With two helpers, he cooks all of the food prepared at Texcalco, training them the skills he’s honed over the years.

“I’ve always wanted to do this because it’s my roots,” Martinez said.

While the restaurant starts and ends with Mexican food, the menu has already branched out to steaks, shrimp and other “American” favorites, served with the Martinez touch. While his 13-ounce steak dinner has a higher price of other menu items, Martinez and Gonzalez said the dinner – served with salad, vegetables, potatoes and classic chips/tortillas and salsa – was competitively priced.

“You just try Enrique’s steak once and you’ll never forget it – it’s something special,” Gonzalez said.

Diners agree, and some of Texcalco’s “non-Mexican” fare is receiving rave reviews, according to those who have tasted the cuisine and posted reviews on sites like Facebook. It’s a great start to something Martinez said he hopes lasts for a long, long time.

“This is my dream, this is something that I can do for me and my family, but also for Mustang because I love it,” he said. “I appreciate that people have already enjoyed it and are coming back for more.”

Texcalco is located at 32 W. Armstrong, near the intersection of state Highway 152 and Heights Drive. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 376-3996.

Mustang Flowers rises like Phoenix after storm

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A Mustang business may have seen its building crumble after last May 31’s tornado, but the owners’ spirits led to a rebirth celebrated last week.

Teresa DeBord owns Mustang Flowers and Gifts with her husband, Dale and parents, Bill and Pat Null. Located on state Highway 152 for several years, the business’ roof was destroyed by the May 31 storm, which then allowed a torrent of rain into the structure.

“The storm took off the whole roof, which then let in about 12 inches of rain,” DeBord said Monday. “Basically everything inside was damaged or destroyed.”

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The storm not only caused significant problems for Mustang Flowers’ inventory and roof, it also caused structural damage that couldn’t be repaired – at least not without a “huge” amount of money, DeBord said. The DeBords and Nulls decided to take the most prudent action and rebuild on the same site, a project that took more than six months to complete.

The hard work paid off on Dec. 16, when Mustang Flowers reopened to the public. Last week, the business’ new building and the owners’ commitment to the city were celebrated with a ribbon-cutting which brought the chairman of the board of Teleflora to Mustang.

“Tom and Becky Butler came out to celebrate with us and that was a big deal – it meant a lot to us,” DeBord said.

As Mustang Flowers heads toward one of its busiest days – Valentine’s Day – DeBord and her family were looking both to the past and the future, she said.

“We look at it, and me and my mom both worked for the previous owner, then we bought it in 1985, and it’s been a great business, we’ve been able to meet and know so many great people,” she said. “We’re looking to many more years here, with our new building and new, fresh start.”

Mustang Flowers and Gifts is located at 208 E. state Highway 152 and is open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday. More information is available online at http://www.mustangflowers.com or by calling 376-4171.

News announces personnel changes

Aaron Diment has joined the Mustang News as an advertising executive.

Diment is a Colorado native who moved to Mustang in the eighth grade and graduated from Mustang High School in 2000. He studied at Redlands Community College and Southern Nazarene University.

Aaron Diment

Aaron Diment

Diment has been working in Canadian County since 2001, first at Integris Canadian Valley Hospital from its opening until 2009, as well as volunteering and eventually serving for four years as coordinator for United Way of Canadian County. During Diment’s tenure at United Way, the organization’s annual campaign grew from $55,000 to $150,000. Diment also worked as lead estimator for Smith’s Home Service of Yukon for three years.

 

Diment is married to Danielle Diment and has a daughter, 8-year-old Sophia. The family lives in Surrey Hills. His parents live in Mustang. Diment is a former member of Leadership Canadian County and is a member of Mustang Masonic Lodge No. 407 and Valley of Guthrie Orient Scottish Rite.

Kristen Gray has also recently joined the News as administrative assistant.

Kristen Gray

Kristen Gray

Gray is a 2001 Mustang High School graduate. She has worked as a legal secretary and administrative assistant.

Kristen is married to Jay Gray, also a Mustang High School alumnus.  The couple lives in Mustang with their two children, Wyatt, 4, and Gracie-Lynn, 18 months.

 Traci Chapman has also been named editor of the Mustang News.

“Traci has demonstrated great dedication to producing factual, easy to read and pertinent news stories  throughout her time with the Mustang News and El Reno Tribune,” said Ray Dyer, co-publisher of the News and Tribune. “We are excited by her energy and willingness to tackle news and reporting assignments and believe as editor she will deliver a quality product to the readers of the Mustang News.”

Traci Chapman

Traci Chapman

Chapman joined the Mustang News in 2007 and worked as a reporter for her hometown newspaper for a year before accepting a move to work for the sister paper of the Tribune Corp., in El Reno. While in El Reno, Chapman’s reporting was instrumental in explaining financial issues concerning the city-owned hospital, leading to the resignation of the longtime administrator and eventually leading the city to contract with Mercy Health for management of the hospital.

Chapman has excelled as both a writer of hard news and feature stories, Dyer said.

“Traci is a true team player and will do her best to work in a way that makes Mustang a better place to live, work and raise a family for all,” Dyer said. “She has a great desire to tell stories people care about and explain how issues can impact their lives.”

 

 

Hobby Lobby to open store in Yukon

Hobby Lobby has finalized a deal which will allow the retailer to open a 55,000-square-foot store in Yukon.

Susan Bailey, grand opening coordinator, said Monday Hobby Lobby would begin construction “soon” on the new site, located in the Target shopping center on Garth Brooks Boulevard. The store was expected to bring about 35 to 50 jobs. Employees would earn about $9.50 per hour for part-time work and $14 per hour for full-time positions, Bailey said.

No opening date or construction schedule was yet available, Bailey said. Crews had roped off the site and were preparing for dirt work last week.

“Hobby Lobby is thrilled to add our store to this vibrant crafting community. We look forward to serving local shoppers by providing an easy, convenient and service-oriented shopping experience that is unmatched in the craft and home decor market,” said John Schumacher, assistant vice president of advertising.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Hobby Lobby began as Greco in 1970. Founder David Green changed the name to Hobby in 1972. The company now has almost 600 stores across the country.

 

Masons install 2014 officers

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Mustang Masons on Sunday held its annual installation of officers.

Conducting the ancient ceremony was Gerry Odom, who welcomed 2014 Worshipful Master Dan Cromwell and his slate of fellow officers.

Worshipful Master Dan Cromwell (seated). (Photo/Traci Chapman)

Worshipful Master Dan Cromwell (seated). (Photo/Traci Chapman)

Other officers inducted were:

Chris Zuest Sr. – Senior Warden

Dennis Kamin – Junior Warden

Joseph O’Roark – Treasurer

W. Gene Doser – Secretary

Aaron Diment – Senior Deacon

W. Billy E. May, Sr. – Junior Deacon

Bobby McGregor – Senior Steward

Carl Eggleston – Junior Stewart

Jeffrey Wayne Walls – Chaplain

Dennis Schoors – Tyler

Wesley Lodge No. 407 was charged by the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma on Feb. 10, 1910. Lodge members participate in and organize a wide variety of civic activities each year, most recently hosting children who took part in Mustang Police Department’s Christmas with a Cop program, and holding a benefit for Canadian County Jail Administrator Bob Stuart, who was injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year.