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Flu takes toll on Mustang

By Traci Chapman
Published on February 28, 2008

Packed doctors offices and hospitals filled to capacity tell the story: there is no end in sight for Oklahoma’s influenza outbreak.

State health officials said Tuesday the level of influenza cases across Oklahoma remained “widespread” for the fourth consecutive week, as area hospital staffs and doctors scrambled to meet the influx of patients.

Softball facilities may lure group to make city home

By Traci Chapman

Published on February 28, 2008

Mustang’s investment in softball may hit a home run if a national softball association relocates its headquarters to the city.

Ridge Hooks, Softball Players Association executive director, said the association is considering moving its offices from Oklahoma City to Mustang because its members “have been so impressed” with the city and its facilities.

Miss Mustang pageant: Edmond woman captures local crown

By Carolyn Cole

Published on February 28, 2008

A few moments before Ashley Baumgartner was crowned the first Miss Mustang, four young girls hugged her Saturday during the pageant intermission.

The girls crowded around her, she said, and told her she was beautiful.

“I was so flattered, they were so cute,” Baumgartner, 21, said, and she made room for them on stage after the pageant for one more photo.

Speeding complaints lead police department to get speed watch trailer

By Carolyn Cole

Published on February 28, 2008

Residents’ complaints of speeding in neighborhoods and along busy streets led Mustang police to put a new watchdog on its leash.
Police are now using a speed radar trailer to keep a silent but visible watch on city streets.
Until this week, Police Chief Monte James said additional police patrols were the department’s response to neighbors’ concerns. Drivers decreased speeds when the officers were present, he said, but continued with old habits once the patrols left the neighborhood.

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