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County official says he was ‘blindsided’ by vote

By Traci Chapman
Published on February 21, 2008

The race to bring a jail proposal to a May vote cleared another hurdle Tuesday when County Commissioners hired the bond counsel for the project.

Commissioners chose Oklahoma City based Public Finance Law Group in a split 2-1 vote. District 2 Commissioner Don Young voted against hiring the firm and accused attorney Andy Bass, who was hired by Commissioners to help coordinate the project, of “blindsiding” him.

A Soldier’s Story

By Carolyn Cole
Published on February 21, 2008

Canadian County resident John Carter dreams of paying off his mortgage, opening a small repair shop and hunting with his 12-year-old daughter, Nicole.

Council: Zoning rule may create financial hurdle

By Traci Chapman
Published on February 21, 2008

One section of a proposed list of zoning changes hit a stone wall Tuesday when City Council members voiced concern it might hurt future development by placing too much of a financial burden on developers.

The proposed changes, based on recommendations from Richard Rolison, Mustang community development director, and his staff ranged from landscaping buffer requirements to the resizing of commercial lot requirements.

County juvenile center conducts thousands of drug tests annually

By Carolyn Cole
Published on February 21, 2008

Almost 6,000 drug screenings were given in a year at the Canadian County children’s justice center, or an average of 24 per day.

All of the screenings were given for free to Canadian County youth or to adults connected to a case involving children, said. Director Joan South, of the Gary E. Miller Canadian County Juvenile Justice Center. The tests are paid for using county funds — part of a 1/3-cent sales tax collected to support the center.

Pageant prepares for debut

By Carolyn Cole
Published on February 21, 2008

Fifteen women will contend for the First Miss Mustang crown Saturday, and the winner will compete in the Miss Oklahoma pageant.

Two Canadian County residents, Brittany Whitman, a sophomore at Southern Nazarene University, and Skye Dawn Couts, Oklahoma City Community College sophomore, have entered the pageant, in which the winner will receive a $1,200 college scholarship, as well as training, clothes and expenses for the Miss Oklahoma Pageant. The top four contestants will receive gift packages from local businesses.

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