Recent Issues: July 2008


City Council members turned on the tap for a study needed to move forward with Mustang’s planned wastewater treatment plant expansion Tuesday.

The Council approved the city’s participation in a study required by the Department of Environmental Quality.

Jail committee members got a detailed “tour” Wednesday of the $24.8 million facility rejected by voters May 13, in an attempt to “find a starting place.”

When Kayla Balliew’s family came to Mustang, Rachel Synco was one of the first people she met — she never imagined two years later she would help prolong her new friend’s life.

Balliew donated her right kidney to Synco in June. Weeks later both young mothers said they are healing faster than they expected.

Beatrice Cleo Farris

Mustang City Council members looked to snuff out fireworks concerns Tuesday, approving a cut in the time period fireworks are allowed to be used and banning low-point beer in Wild Horse Park during that time.

Saying he’d taken an “undetermined amount of abuse,” District 2 County Commissioner Don Young addressed news reports about a $1.5 million, 15-mile section of road which began to fail a week after it was completed at Monday’s Commissioners’ meeting.

A committee charged with finding solutions to the county’s jail headaches had its inaugural meeting July 10.

The committee, appointed by County Commissioners Phil Carson, Don Young and Grant Hedrick, was formed after a proposed $24.8 million facility was soundly rejected by voters in May. The group held its first meeting in Yukon to “get ideas, compile information and find a way to sell the right facility to the residents,” committee chairman Jim Crosby said.

Mustang School Board members chose Bonnie Lightfoot as interim superintendent Monday night after approving Karl Springer’s resignation.

Springer started Tuesday as Oklahoma City School District superintendent.

Tate Publishing is hoping to hit a sweet note with its newest division, Tate Music Group, launched earlier this year.

The division - patterned in a way after the publishing side - was a dream of Tate leadership that happened much earlier than expected, founder Rita Tate said.

Richard Dale Scholle
Jack Schrock
Nicholas Allen Hodges
Charles Eugene Wilson
Randall Wayne Carver
Lydia Mitchell

Mustang School Board members are expected Monday night to move toward searching for a new superintendent after Karl Springer accepted the top spot in the Oklahoma City School District.

A crumbling strip of a $1.5 million asphalt overlay undertaken by District 2 Commissioner Don Young grew to about 100 feet last week, and two road construction experts say it is only the beginning.

A month ago, the Mustang City Council voted against joining a proposed Canadian County Economic Development partnership. The move took some El Reno city leaders by surprise.

A familiar face in the Mustang real estate market is changing, with the merger of Marolyn Pryor Realtors with two Coldwell Banker agencies.

Union City firefighters moved closer to breaking ground on a new station after one year of “hurry up and wait.”

Two Mustang enterprises will hit the World Wide Web this weekend as features of OklaTravelNet, a site spotlighting attractions around Oklahoma.

Segments filmed in late June at the Mustang Historical Society and Isn’t That Kute Tea Room will air today and Sunday, OklaTravelNet host Whitney Allen said. Tate Publishing Company was featured on the Web site two weeks ago.

Failures on a $1.5 million road overlay led to a war of words Tuesday between County Commissioners Don Young, Grant Hedrick and Phil Carson.

City Council members shot down a motion by Ward 5 Councilwoman Linda Hagan for an audit of city books Tuesday.

Canadian County wheat farmers reaped a record harvest for 2008 with high field yields and high-quality grain meeting skyrocketing prices.

It has been 117 years since construction began on a stately house in the middle of the Oklahoma prairie. Recently, Fort Reno celebrated the rebirth of that house during its annual meeting.

Mustang High School students wanting to park their cars at school may face random drug testing this fall.

Mustang School Board members were asked to study a proposed student drug testing policy, which would require MHS students seeking parking permits and ninth- through 12th-grade students participating in competitions to submit for random drug testing starting as early as Aug. 1. The board is expected to consider the policy in more detail at its July 23 special board meeting.

Mustang School Board members approved seeking $1.4 million in MAPS for Kids bond funds to buy 80 acres for a future school campus.

The property is half of 160 acres available at the southeast corner of SW 44th Street and Czech Hall Road. Mustang school officials have sought a contract to buy the east half of the land, Superintendent Karl Springer said, with the option to purchase the rest in 2009.

Area officials announced changes to the county’s floodplain areas Monday and urged residents to make sure their homes have not been included in the new maps.

For the first time in 19 years, Canadian County will have a new sheriff, after challenger Randall Edwards defeated incumbent Lewis Hawkins for the seat in the Republican primary Tuesday.

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