NEWS - CITY
POLICE BLOTTER FOR NOV. 25, 2010
2010-11-24 14:48:48
Oct. 20 *A resident in the 200 block of South Burks Drive reported to police he found his credit ca... read more
TREE FARM OWNER PREPARES FOR HIGH SEASON OF HOLIDAY SALES
2010-11-24 14:48:48
Soon dozens of children will scamper from row to row as their families search for the perfect Christ... read more
WOMAN CELEBRATES CENTURY OF LIVING WITH FRIENDS
2010-11-24 14:48:48
Tears shined in centenarian Luella Roady's eyes as her church congregation gave her a standing ovati... read more
POLICE BLOTTER FOR NOV. 20, 2010
2010-11-19 16:20:20
Oct. 15 *A school official reported to police two boys were intoxicated at the Mustang High School f... read more
WITH FUNDS DEPLETED, ALLIANCE TURNING AWAY NEEDY
2010-11-19 16:20:20
Mustang Ministerial Alliance's Benevolence Fund is broke — for about 10 days pastors have turned awa... read more
CLUB WINS BID TO HOST GRAND NATIONAL CAR SHOW
2010-11-19 16:20:20
Oklahoma Mustang Club has won a bid to host a 2012 grand national show, and the pony car enthusiasts... read more
ONE DEAD IN PLANE CRASH
2010-11-19 16:20:20
One person died Wednesday night after a plane dove into a field north of Mustang at about 9:30 p.m. ... read more
CITY COULD GET FREE 18-HOLE FRISBEE GOLF COURSE
2010-11-19 16:20:20
Local students are working to make Wild Horse Park home to an 18-basket Frisbee golf course. Teacher... read more
WOMAN DIES IN ACCIDENT ON STATE HIGHWAY 152
2010-11-17 10:44:03
An Oklahoma City woman died Monday night in a two-vehicle accident east of Mustang. Naiyar Sultan, 6... read more
POLICE BLOTTER FOR NOV. 18, 2010
2010-11-17 10:44:03
Oct. 13 *A resident in the 1400 block of West Onyx Way reported to police someone entered her home a... read more
COUNT GREGORE AMONG ENTERTAINERS HEADLINING FUNDRAISER
2010-11-17 10:44:03
TJ Rhea will curl his lip and snarl out the greatest hits of the King of Rock 'n' Roll in a concert ... read more
MUSTANG WOMAN DIES IN WRECK
2010-11-17 10:44:03
A Mustang student died Saturday morning after the vehicle she was driving collided with a semi-tract... read more
ALL AMERICA FILES LAWSUITS AGAINST REAL ESTATE INVESTOR
2010-11-17 10:44:03
A Mustang-based bank has filed two lawsuits against an Oklahoma City real estate investor, claiming ... read more
GAUNTLETT HONORED FOR SERVICE
2010-11-17 12:44:16
Mustang-area resident Ilene Gauntlett was honored Saturday with the College of the Ozarks' Meritori... read more
‘KIDS’ NIGHT OUT’ OFFERED FRIDAY AT TOWN CENTER
2010-11-17 12:44:16
The Senior Crafter's Corner is a great shop to find gifts for the holidays. There is something for e... read more
CHARITY AUCTION TO BENEFIT PETS AND PEOPLE SHELTER
2010-11-17 12:44:16
Pets and People Humane Society will hold its annual charity auction Saturday. This year's event is t... read more
STUDENTS SAY THANK YOU TO AREA VETERANS
2010-11-12 15:57:40
Mustang children honored community's veterans last week with songs, essays and hugs. Veterans were ... read more
INTEGRIS CELEBRATES COMPLETION OF EXPANSION
2010-11-12 15:57:40
Officials celebrated the completion of a $28 million expansion at Integris Canadian Valley Hospital ... read more
FORTUNE FROWNS AS DRIVER COLLIDES WITH RESTUARANT’S WALL
2010-11-11 16:35:00
Mustang Mandarin owners are picking up pieces of brick and mortar after a vehicle collided with the ... read more
FORTUNE FROWNS AS DRIVER COLLIDES WITH RESTUARANT’S WALL
2010-11-11 16:35:00
Mustang Mandarin owners are picking up pieces of brick and mortar after a vehicle collided with the ... read more
POLICE BLOTTER FOR NOV. 6, 2010
2010-11-05 16:30:40
Sept. 30 *A resident in the 1100 block of South Highland Drive reported to police she found three fr... read more
VETERANS EVENTS PLANNED
2010-11-05 16:30:40
Mustang will commemorate Veteran's Day this week with several events. The public and veterans are e... read more
PARENTS UNIVERSITY TO OFFER INSIGHT INTO YOUTH ISSUES
2010-11-05 16:30:40
Parents can get a crash course Tuesday on protecting their children from drugs and bullying as well ... read more
COUNCIL INCUMBENTS TO SEEK RE-ELECTION
2010-11-05 16:30:40
Two City Council members whose seats are up for re-election in the spring say they have already deci... read more
CREDIT CARD PHONE SCAM TARGETS MUSTANG RESIDENT
2010-11-03 12:52:47
A Mustang resident gave their credit card information last week to a caller claiming to be from OGE.... read more
COMMUNITY BRIEFS
2010-10-29 16:09:30
Council fills library board post Mustang resident Nancy McNeil was appointed to the Mustang Library... read more
PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS SEEK TO SHED LIGHT ON THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT
2010-10-29 16:09:30
Late one Friday night, a group settled down on the floor in a large, old creaking building that had ... read more
POTENTIAL MUSTANG BUSINESSES KEEPING EYE ON ECONOMY
2010-10-29 16:09:30
City leaders see Mustang as a prime location for electronics, crafts and sporting goods stores as we... read more
CHURCH TO HOST FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL SATURDAY
2010-10-23 11:04:54
First Baptist Church of Mustang will host a family fall festival from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Vol... read more
COMMUNITY INVITED TO FALL FESTIVAL ‘ON WHEELS’
2010-10-23 11:04:54
Chisholm Heights Baptist Church will host a fall festival “on wheels” starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday... read more
CANDY DONATIONS NEEDED FOR SPECTACULAR SPOOKTACULAR
2010-10-23 11:04:54
Spooktacular is coming Saturday to the Mustang Town Center. Children and their parents are invited t... read more
FAMILY FUN
2010-10-23 11:04:54
Clifton Sisk plays Connect Four with his children Collin and Olivia during a recent family game nigh... read more
ROTC CADET COMPLETES OFFICER COURSE
2010-10-23 11:04:54
Christopher M. Turner has graduated from the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course at F... read more
MOMS IN TOUCH GROUPS SEEKING MORE VOLUNTEERS
2010-10-21 10:52:54
Mustang's Moms In Touch volunteers invite the community to a luncheon Oct. 28. The women will gather... read more
COMICS SOUGHT FOR STAGE DOOR OPEN MIC NIGHT
2010-10-21 10:52:54
Yukon Stage Door actors will host “A Funny Thing” open microphone night Oct. 29. The fun starts at 7... read more
MUSTANG MAN HELPS PEOPLE FACE MEMORIES
2010-10-21 10:52:54
Mustang resident Roger G. Smith will hold a seminar "Clearing the Cobwebs of Your Past" Oct. 23 and... read more
HEALTH FORCING MUSTANG MAINSTAY TO RETIRE
2010-10-27 13:39:24
Ed Wilkins has fought for Mustang in the trenches, repairing waterline breaks and sewer backups. He ... read more
LOTS OF HALLOWEEN LOOT? THIS DENTIST HAS A DEAL FOR YOU
2010-10-27 13:39:24
Dentist Marlo Miller is buying back children's Halloween candy, and she offers a sweet deal — $1 per... read more
CITY HALL NOTES - OCTOBER 23, 2010
2010-10-25 13:12:56
*Food truck owners seek permission to sell in city: Food truck owners Alan Bouda and Clint Snyder a... read more
COUNCIL SIGNS DESIGN DEAL ON NEW ACCESS ROAD
2010-10-22 13:53:17
Work on a second access road for the new armory got the go-ahead last week when City Council members... read more
TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT SET FOR OCT. 30
2010-10-22 13:53:17
The City Council has moved the observance of Trick or Treat in Mustang from Oct. 31 to Oct. 30. Hall... read more
NOT TAKING NO FOR AN ANSWER HELPS WOMAN DISCOVER, BEAT BREAST CANCER
2010-10-22 13:53:17
Mustang resident Jessica Allen, 25, knew she had cancer the moment she touched the tumor. Even thoug... read more
COUNCIL HEAPS PRAISE, RAISE ON CITY MANAGER
2010-10-22 13:53:17
Mustang City Council members praised City Manager Mike Rutledge last week after they renewed his con... read more
POLICE BLOTTER FOR OCTOBER 21, 2010
2010-10-20 14:52:53
Sept. 19 *A resident in the 1100 block of South Highland Drive reported to police she believes a rel... read more
MUSTANG WRITER TALKS ABOUT RECONCILIATION IN SHADOW OF SLAVERY
2010-10-20 13:46:11
Mustang resident Larry Colbert carried an invisible burden of history, as heavy as the chains of sla... read more
OUT OF THIS KOSMOS: MUSTANG COUPLE TO BITE INTO NATIONAL BARBECUE COMPETITION
2010-10-20 13:46:11
Mustang's Kosmo's Q team is hitting the road this week with hopes of leaving 70 of the best backyard... read more
POLICE BLOTTER FOR OCTOBER 16, 2010
2010-10-15 13:57:44
Sept. 16 *A resident in the 300 block of East Atlanta Terrace reported to police someone entered her... read more
CANDIDATES SERVE UP CAMPAIGN PROMISES AT CHAMBER LUNCHEON
2010-10-15 13:57:44
Ten Oklahoma candidates identified creating jobs, improving education and pushing for government tra... read more
LOCAL BOY SCOUT POURS HEART INTO PROJECT
2010-10-15 13:57:44
Mustang Mid-High student Skyler Cornaby tackled engineering, pouring concrete and managing adult vol... read more
HARVEST BALL SET FOR TONIGHT
2010-10-13 12:25:36
Friends of the Mustang Public Library will host a western swing Harvest Ball tonight to help pay fo... read more
WITH FUNDS DEPLETED, ALLIANCE TURNING AWAY NEEDY
CAROLYN COLE
Edition:Friday, November 19, 2010

Mustang Ministerial Alliance's Benevolence Fund is broke — for about 10 days pastors have turned away all of the needy seeking help.
Traditionally, pastors have relied on a community Thanksgiving service to reinvigorate the fund's coffers. MMA Treasurer Jim Harris said they decided against holding the service this year because with so many families traveling for the holidays, having the event is difficult.
“It has tended to be a smaller service than the Easter service,” he said. “We wanted to revise it so it would be more useful for the community.”
While ministers plan on continuing with the Easter service and adding a summer event, Harris said the community's need is immediate and as great as ever. Member churches were asked to take a special offering during November to help support the MMA's benevolence mission. The fund draws money from members' dues, the community events and donations.
“It's really a fairly limited source of income for the amount of need in our commun-ity,” he said.
The ministerial alliance receives about 10 calls per week from local residents who have fallen behind on their rent or utilities. Harris said he is starting to see more people needing help affording their prescription medications.
Many of the people are parents who are searching for work, and their unemployment benefits and savings are dwindling. Others are facing medical crises and cannot work due to physical disability.
Harris said he has also heard from senior citizens struggling to pay for medical bills and medications on their fixed income. Some are grandparents raising their grandchildren.
When the fund has money, the helping hand is offered to families living in the Mustang School District. In 2009, the MMA Benevolence Fund spent about $6,000 to help people, and Harris said on some days he feels like their effort is barely a drop in the bucket compared to the need.
Unlike other communities, Mustang residents have a limited safety net to turn to in times of trouble. Harris said he can refer struggling families to Salvation Army, Department of Human Services and the local Kiwanis food pantry. Most local churches also have their own food pantries and dig into their coffers to care for people seeking need before the request reaches MMA.
Harris said he hates to turn anyone away.
“There are a lot of ways material assistance is being given,” he said. “The needs that require cash alone — there is a limited supply of cash out there.”

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