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for the week of April 7-14

 

  

Voters turn out incumbents

 

blue01_next.gifBy Fawn Porter/The Mustang News

 

Voters in Mustang’s Wards 5 and 6 decided to oust City Council  incumbents in favor of new blood and approved a city charter change dealing with dates of primary elections Tuesday.

Joe Conner barely nudged out incumbent Linda Hagan in Ward 5 by a vote of 61 to 59.

Conner, a 31-year-old truck driver, said he “feels great” that voters supported him.

“I think I’ll do a great job; I have a lot of ideas,” he said.

Conner said one of the reasons he ran for City Council was to see the Council bicker less and to promote a feeling of unity among Council members.

Previously, Conner noted that he was not a political person and he did not feel that the Council should be, either.

Conner decided to run for the Ward 5 seat after the sitting Council was investigated by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation on alleged violations of the Oklahoma Open Meetings Act. Additionally, Conner wanted to bring a “younger generation of ideas” to the body.

“I thank all the people who voted for me,” he said. “I congratulate (Hagan) on running against me. I am sure she did a great job for the city.”

Hagan thanked the people who voted for her and for the support she’s received over the last 12 years.

"I have fulfilled my obligations and never violated my oath of office,” she said. “The voters have spoken."

Len Scott, who ran against Darrell Noblitt, received a landslide victory with a 134-45 vote naming him the new Ward 6 representative.

Scott said he was thankful for the people that voted for him and thanked Noblitt for running a clean campaign against him.

“I am excited about working for the city of Mustang,” he said. “I look forward to working as a group.”

Scott said he had grown tired of the bickering and arguing among Council members.

“We are working for the best interest of the city of Mustang, and I think that can be done without arguing … that’s one thing I want to see accomplished right off the bat,” Scott said.

He added Council members, himself included, were not elected to fight against one another, but to fight for the people they were elected to serve.

“I’m going to get my feet wet,” he said. “Mustang’s in great shape … there are going to be problems with roads and things … I’d like to see things like the water pressure go up on the water tower near County Line road, but (officials) are already working on that.”

Scott added he’ll listen to the people of his ward.

Although there was tension on the City Council at times, Noblitt said it is “imperative” for Council members to provide a system of checks and balances since, at the city level, one is not automatically provided.

“It is never pleasant to hear that one Council member thinks what another Council member is doing is wrong,” he said. “I have offered my services as a public service to the community, and I am pleased I got to do so.”

Mustang voters also changed the city charter to comply with state statutes. The date of the primary election was moved to the second Tuesday in February by a 351-114 vote.

Newly elected City Council representatives will take their seat at the Council table the first meeting in May.

 

 

Hundreds gather to remember youth fatally struck by car

 

blue01_next.gifBy Carolyn Cole/The Mustang News

 

Mustang will remember Andrew Bostic, 16, for his smile and love of sports — especially football — ping pong, poker, video games, his friends and life.

Andrew was a 10th grader at Mustang High School, played on the school’s football team and had just gotten his driver license — his 16th birthday was Feb. 18.

Andrew died March 31 when he was struck by a vehicle  driven by a man Oklahoma City police said they suspect of being intoxicated. Police said the teenager had been driving eastbound on Reno Avenue between Mustang and Sara Roads, when he had car problems just after 9 p.m. Thursday. Andrew called his father Tony for help, and he arrived a short time later. Police said the father parked his car facing his son’s along the curb in Reno Avenue’s eastbound lane.

Oklahoma City police said Andrew had opened the driver’s door to get something, when he was struck by a car they believe was driven by Matthew Pellino, 35. Pellino was arrested and could face manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol complaints, police said. The collision pushed Andrew’s car into his father, who was standing between the vehicles, injuring his legs. Accident reports show Andrew died before police arrived at 9:47 p.m.

Friends of the family have  said Tony Bostic was treated and released from the hospital and was recovering at home.

Remembering Andrew

Hundreds turned out for two impromptu gatherings held at the site of the crash to honor Andrew’s memory, one last Friday afternoon and a candlelight vigil later that night. A wake was held Sunday and a funeral mass was held at St. John’s Nepomuk Catholic Church Monday.

At the vigil, Mustang High School students shared their memories and hugged each other as tears streamed down their faces.

Teenager Austin Davidson pointed out a scar on his face from when he was hit by a ping pong paddle Andrew had thrown a few years ago.

“It’s crazy,” he said.

Kurt Davidson, Austin’s father, said Andrew’s family were close friends and would often come over to their home to watch University of Oklahoma football games on television. He said it didn’t matter who OU played, Andrew would always root for the other team.

“He would antagonize you in a fun way,” he said. “He was fun.”

Classmate Ashley Husmann said Andrew was fun to have around and he would sometimes clown around during class.

“They just had lots of fun with life,” she said. “You could tell. He loved football. You could tell. He was all about the sport, he’d talk about it every day in class.”

Student Kristina Nakvinda said she had a long talk with Andrew the Friday before the crash.

“I remember when we were talking he was saying that life was a present from God that I cherish each and every day, more and more,” she said. “That’s one thing I will always remember about him.”

Minister Bruce Bockus, who spoke during the vigil, said Andrew’s older brother Chris had told him how Andrew liked to get “air time” on his go-cart and about a tree the brothers had trouble climbing as children but eventually made it to the top.

“He’d (Andrew) also tell you to enjoy every day because life is fragile and there are no guarantees, so go out and enjoy every day,” Bockus told the crowd. “Andrew did. He had a goofy smile and he embraced everyday. He played baseball hard, he played football hard, he rode his bike hard, he climbed trees and he went for it. He captured life and he’d want you to do the same thing and enjoy the gift of each day that God gives us.”

Bockus told those gathered to embrace their grief and express it the way feels right to them, but also to reach out to others who are hurting.

“As you feel your anger, as you feel your pain, as you feel sadness and emptiness and sorrow, take that as a reminder from Andrew to go love one another, put an arm around somebody who is still hurting in the same way you are and encourage one another,” he said.

Coping with grief

Kim Baker, Mustang Schools crisis counselor, said additional counselors both from other school sites and those who work within the school district as well as area youth pastors have been on hand to help the community cope with their grief.

At the high school, she said the back of the auditorium                  was used as a place for students to meet and support each            other.

“We will try and provide whatever kids need to help them cope,” Baker said. “Everyone handles it differently.”

She said if parents notice their children are having a hard time handling their grief, they should let school counselors know. She said there are several counseling groups in the Oklahoma City area that specialize in helping people cope with grief as well as other resources.

Information

The Bostic family has requested, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Andrew’s memory to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, through McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, which directed his arrangements. Andrew is survived by his parents Tony and Cindy, his brother Chris, his sisters Tiffany of Yukon and Heather of Denton, Texas, and his grandmothers Kitty Bostic of Mustang and Terrie Thomas of Shawnee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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