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Obituaries for March 6, 2008

H. David Holmes

Funeral services for H. David Holmes, 79, were held Monday in the Bill Merritt Memorial Chapel with burial in the Mustang Cemetery.

Mr. Holmes died Feb. 28 in Yukon. He was born Sept. 8, 1928, in Nevada, Mo. He served in the Army as a medic following World War II. He moved from Ponca City to the Oklahoma City area in 1961. He was a property and casualty insurance specialist with Oklahoma Farmers Union for 31 years. He was a member of First Christian Church in Oklahoma City and the Mustang Masonic Lodge.

Inspection finds safety violations

By Traci Chapman
Published on March 6, 2008

Canadian County District 2 was cited with nine health and safety violations by officials of the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Program resulting from an investigation following the January death of foreman Larry Orr.

Violations included lack of training for forklift operators and “powered industrial truck operators,” as well as regular evaluations of those operators. District 2 was also cited for not obtaining certifications for forklift operators.

Move to toughen fireworks rules gets extinguished

By Traci Chapman
Published on March 6, 2008

After months of study, a move to revamp Mustang’s fireworks ordinances fizzled Tuesday.

In a split 5-2 vote, City Council members left the ordinances as-is, after considering the results of a survey sent to residents last fall. In moving to keep the status quo, Ward 5 Councilwoman Linda Hagan said the time had come to put the issue to rest.

“My motion is we leave our laws as they are and move on,” she said. “The people have spoken.”

Crash probed

By Carolyn Cole
Published on March 6, 2008

Federal aviation officials are continuing their investigation of a small jet airplane crash Tuesday afternoon a few miles north of the Mustang area.

As firefighters put out flames and investigators started combing through debris, Robin Price was trying to bring an asthma inhaler to her mother, who lives in the 800 block of Mustang Plant Road. Police had blocked the road, but officers promised to deliver the medication.

Proposed sales tax increase set

By Traci Chapman
Published on March 6, 2008

Voters will decide May 13 if a new Canadian County Jail is worth .35 of a cent increase in sales taxes after county officials finalized the financing plan Monday.

If approved, the county portion of the sales tax, which is currently .35 of a cent, would increase by .35 of a cent for 15 years — the life of the loan on the proposed $24.8 million project — and then drop to a permanent .25 of a cent increase.

Mustang schools face funding cuts

By Carolyn Cole
Published on March 6, 2008

Mustang School District will receive $95,210 less in state funding for March than first allocated due to a revenue shortfall, and officials worry it could be the tip of the iceberg.

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