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Campaigns racing down to wire

By Carolyn Cole
Published on October 30, 2008

Five candidates took the podium last week at a Mustang chamber forum for one last chance to make their pitch to the Mustang business community before Tuesday’s election.

Mustang voters will help decide several key races including selecting a representative for state House District 47, Canadian County court clerk, two corporation commissioners, two U.S. representative posts and a U.S. Senate contest, as well as the 44th U.S. president. Area polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Tuesday

Shot in the dark

By Dyrinda Tyson-Jones
Published on October 30, 2008

The lights hadn’t even been turned down yet, but the spirits may have already come out to play.

“There’s a guy walking over there,” said Darci Self, pointing to a corner booth in a diner that normally sits darkened and empty at this hour. Everyone around her freezes and looks toward where she’s pointing. Several cameras flashes go off.

Jail panel awaits study results

By Traci Chapman
Published on October 30, 2008

The committee studying Canadian County’s jail recommendations has put the brakes on pitching their recommendations to Commissioners until an independent study of the current jail can be completed.

Haunted house to scare up help for food pantry

By Carolyn Cole
Published on October 25, 2008

An Alfred Hitchcock fan is turning his love for Halloween thrills into the Kiwanis Krypt to scare up money to help the Mustang food pantry.

When Rob Estes heard the screams Friday night as the curtain raised on his creation, he said it was even more satisfying to know the proceeds will help his neighbors in need.

“Halloween I enjoy it — it’s fun,” he said. “This is an awesome cause raising money that stays in Mustang. That’s the kicker — it stay here. It doesn’t go anywhere else.”

Mayor: Petition delay needed

By Brett Jones
Published on October 25, 2008

Mayor Jeff Landrith told fellow Council members last week he will push ahead with a petition calling for a vote on a 1/4-cent sales tax to fund a new sports complex. He just doesn’t believe now is the right time to put the measure to a vote.

“This was all happening before we had this (federal bank) bailout plan that came up, and the economy went south,” Landrith said. “I would have never brought this up if I had known what the economy was going to do over the last four to five weeks.”

Blazing a path - ODOT approves funding for Phase 1 of trail system

By Brett Jones
Published on October 25, 2008

Mustang Parks Director Justin Battles wants to bring the community together — not with words but asphalt.

Last week, Battles announced the city had been approved to receive funding from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for Phase 1 of the Mustang Trails System.

It is the first link in what Battles sees as a trail system that could one day stretch through the 12 square miles of Mustang, allowing families pedestrian access to shopping, businesses and city parks.

Contract termination sought

By Carolyn Cole
Published on October 23, 2008

Ongoing problems in the construction of three new school district facilities led officials Oct. 15 to warn the builder they may terminate the building contract.

Mustang School District officials served builder W.C. Doan Construction with a notice of pending contract termination, and Interim Superintendent Bonnie Lightfoot said the construction company has until Nov. 3 to remedy a long list of problems at the new vocational agricultural building, and the softball and soccer locker room facilities.

Parking on grass may get cut

By Brett Jones
Published on October 23, 2008

Mustang residents could face new restrictions in the coming weeks on where they can legally park their cars, trucks, recreational vehicles and utility trailers.

City Council members Tuesday directed staff to bring back an assortment of proposed ordinances that would make it a code enforcement violation to:

-Park a vehicle in front of the building line of a home except if the vehicle is on a hard, improved surface such as a driveway in areas zoned R-1 through R-4;

Mustang man injured in accident

By Carolyn Cole
Published on October 23, 2008

A Canadian Estates resident was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital Tuesday afternoon for treatment for injuries related to a lawnmower accident, Fire Chief Carl Hickman said.

A medical rescue helicopter landed in the 1700 block of Ridgeview Terrace and took off with the patient on board just before 2 p.m. Hickman said Mustang firefighters are still working on their report, and information about the man’s condition and his identity were not available as of press time.

Need guts food pantry

By Carolyn Cole
Published on October 18, 2008

Mustang Kiwanis food pantry’s shelves are almost bare, and with an increased need and the approaching holidays, volunteers are starting to worry.

President John Rook said volunteers are helping between 35 and 40 families each month who need food baskets, and the number is steadily climbing each week.

“The economy is definitely having an impact on things here,” he said. “We are hanging in there.”

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