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Mustang’s Animal Control Operations is asking for residents’ help in updating its local livestock listing.
Dennis Craig and Jill Heck said the department would be updating its livestock owner list over the next several weeks.
“The livestock owner list helps in identifying the owners of animals who have escaped from their enclosure,” Craig said Tuesday. “If you own the following animals, cattle, horses, goats, sheep or chickens, please contact Animal Control at email@example.com and an electronic file will be sent to you for completion.”
Forms may also be picked up and returned to Mustang City Hall, Craig said. For more information, email Heck or call the city of Mustang at 376-4521.
Organizers are counting down the days to what could be the city’s sweetest event – the Mustang Library Chocolate Festival.
Set for Friday, Feb. 7, the festival will feature tastings and chocolate treats for people to purchase for themselves or as gifts. There is still time for anyone wishing to participate in the festival as a vendor to get on board, said Nancy Keiser, Chocolate Festival event chair.
“Businesses, civic groups and individuals who are interested in having a table at the festival should contact me as soon as possible,” Keiser said. “It is a fun community event that benefits the Mustang Public Library.”
Tables are provided at no charge, and Friends of the Mustang Library will provide tablecloths, Keiser said. The festival will be held in Town Center’s newly expanded banquet hall.
In addition to chocolate tastings and gifts, those participating will vie for awards, and a silent auction will be held to benefit the library.
“Awards will be given for Most Unique Chocolate, Best Tasting Chocolate and Best Decorated Table,” Keiser said. “Winners will be chosen by popular vote and announced before the end of the evening.”
Those wishing to make a donation to the silent auction may contact Tawni Phelan at , Keiser said.
“The silent auction will have all kinds of great prizes, such as limousine rides, hotel packages and more,” she said.
Proceeds from the festival will be used to purchase equipment and hire instructors for the library’s computer training lab, a part of the newly constructed education room, made possible by a recent bond election. Library computer classes are always free to the public, Keiser said.
“Over the years, the Friends have purchased public computer workstations, laptops for the computer training lab, software and books for the library,” Keiser said. “The community can come and enjoy a wonderful chocolate festival and support free, educational programming at the Mustang Public Library.”
The festival will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 7. Keiser said in years past, $8 would purchase six treats; this year, $8 will pay for eight treats. Anyone wishing to use a credit or debit card in the silent auction or to buy tickets may do so, she said.
For more information about the festival or to reserve a table, contact Keiser at 376-6071 or via email at .
By Traci Chapman
Mustang Church of the Nazarene members say they always had faith their church would expand.
That expansion is about to become a reality.
On Sunday, members of the Nazarene family and city officials gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of a 12,000-square-foot addition to the church’s current worship center. The new space will house six classrooms, a youth fellowship area and a small worship center which will seat about 100 people, Pastor Terry Armstrong said. An office complex for Armstrong and his staff will also be incorporated into the addition, and current administrative space will be converted into a small adult fellowship area.
“We knew we needed to invest in reaching children and teens as well as families with children and teens,” he said.
The expansion was about four years in the making, Armstrong said. The church’s project manager estimated the building would take about nine months to complete, he said.
Changes will also be made to the church’s exterior, with a new pavilion and walking track slated for the west side of the property. The one-half-mile walking track will surround the park, and the 40-by-50-foot pavilion will be available for outdoor weddings, concerts, family reunions and other activities, Armstrong said. A second playground has already been added to the Nazarene property, completed late last year.
Sunday’s groundbreaking was attended by Mayor Jay Adams as well as Councilmen Matthew Taylor and Terry Jones. As church board members, city officials and several children took turns turning over shovels of dirt to mark the start of the project, Adams said the expansion showed the best of Mustang and its future.
“We all know we’re growing and we have so many positive things going on here,” the mayor said. “This is a great start to the new year in Mustang.”
Mustang Senior Center will host a health fair for a positive kickoff to the New Year.
The fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Mustang Community Center. Several booths will be set up to address a variety of health topics, from hearing screenings to body fat analysis and nutritional supplements, among others, senior center coordinator Ashley Wisner said.
“There will be booths for things like low vision and home health information, tobacco prevention, spine screenings and breast cancer awareness, and we’ll have massages, snacks and a lot more to offer,” Wisner said.
Free aerobics classes will also be offered, and the health fair is open to everyone, regardless of age, Wisner said.
“We’re asking everyone to invite a friend,” she said.
For more information about the fair or to reserve booth space, contact Wisner at 376-1297, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents of Mustang Public Schools students will have an opportunity to view HIV/AIDS education materials at a Jan. 14 parents meeting. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Mustang Education Center, located at 400 N. Clear Springs Road.
Parents will be able to view materials presented to students later in the year, hear a presentation from Mustang school nurses and have a chance to ask questions. In addition to district school nurses, staff from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center will assist at the high school.
Mustang Public Schools offers HIV/AIDS education to students in the sixth, seventh and 10th grades. Curriculum and other materials have been approved by the State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The information is in compliance with Oklahoma State Statutes.
HIV/AIDS education will be scheduled no sooner than 30 days after the parents meeting. Student participation in HIV/AIDS education is at the discretion of each child’s parent or legal guardian. A parent or legal guardian may object in writing to their child participating in HIV/AIDS prevention education, and that student will be excused from the session.
Parents who are unable to attend the public meeting can call Debbie Beel, MPS executive director of student services, at (405) 376-7335 to make an appointment to view the materials.
When someone is stricken with a long-term or fatal illness, that individual is understandably the focus of all attention.
The problem is the person who serves as caregiver, someone who is dealing with emotional, physical and sometimes financial issues, as they work to make another person’s life a little easier during a difficult time.
Those caregivers are the focus of a new support group being held at Willowood at Mustang. Willowood marketing director Dana Hall said the group meets the first Monday of every month. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m., with the meeting beginning at 6:30. Dinner will be served to anyone who RSVPs their attendance at the meeting, Hall said.
“Any caregiver, anyone who needs support is welcome,” Hall said. “Although we are geared to seniors here at Willowood, this group is not just focused on that group of people.”
Hall said she hoped people would attend and meet with others who are going through similar situations.
“Being a caregiver is a difficult thing and sometimes the best thing is to be able to talk to someone else about what you’re going through,” Hall said. “That’s what we’re hoping to do – to be there for people, let them talk, lend them support.”
For more information, email or call 376-1200 and ask for Ron.
By Traci Chapman
Mustang Masons served a hearty breakfast and in the process raised $2,000 for next year’s Christmas with a Cop program.
Lodge 407 hosted four children helped by Mustang Police Department in its effort to make a better Christmas for them. The group toured the Masons’ museum, then joined members for breakfast before going shopping. Santa was also on hand to bring holiday cheer.
During the free breakfast, those attending offered donations, with Masons allocating money from their charitable matching fund, bringing the grand total for next year’s event to $2,000, Bill McCormack said. Members enjoyed seeing the children who were part of the Christmas with Cops effort and spending time with them, Worshipful Master Dan Cromwell said.
“They were a sweet group of kids and we really enjoyed being a part of it,” Cromwell said.
Christmas with a Cop began as a program in partnership with Yukon Police Department, Mustang Police Chief Chuck Foley said. After seeing how the effort helped children there, the chief said he wanted to bring the program closer to home. He said he hoped next year’s program would grow, as word of it spread throughout the community.
“This is a way to make a difference in a local child’s life, someone who will remember this for years to come,” he said.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Brittany D. Pearcy graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Pearcy is the daughter of Crystal and Michael Pearcy of Yukon. She is a 2008 graduate of Mustang High School.
Mustang High School Key Club members are spreading the word – food is still needed for area families this Christmas.
Club members are working to light a spark on a school-wide food drive continuing until Dec. 20. While students have been concentrating on their own, they have asked area businesses and residents to join in the effort, hoping to help families struggling this holiday season.
All food collected will go to Mustang Kiwanis’ food pantry, said Cindy Le. Mustang High School students are asked to bring their food donations to their fourth hour class; the class with the most donations will get hot cocoa and cookies, she said.
Anyone outside the MHS student body wishing to contribute can bring donations to the school’s front office or to the Mustang News office, located at 290 North Trade Center Terrace.
Mustang Animal Shelter has announced a change in its hours of operation.
The shelter is now open from 9 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. The shelter is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Shelter officials ask that anyone wishing to reclaim their pet or adopt an animal call 376-2488 and make an appointment.
“Because we would like to personally introduce you to the animals that may interest you, we ask that you call in advance to schedule an appointment,” officials said via email. “Our shelter does not have open viewing of the animals so there is no ‘window shopping.’”
When picking up a lost pet from the shelter, residents are asked to bring the animal’s current rabies vaccination certificate. Annual city tags and licenses can also be purchased for $6. Pets are required to wear identification tags, which are renewed each January.
Animals available for adoption and other information is available on the shelter’s Facebook page, located at .