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MPD officer involved shooting takes life of Yukon man

Suspect has outstanding case mirroring alleged Friday events in Mustang By Traci Chapman Staff Writer Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is actively pursuing a case that Friday led to a Mustang officer shooting a 42-year-old man from Yukon. That man, Benjamin Harold Ballard, has a record of misdemeanor and traffic convictions involving drinking and driving,…

Restaurants I’ve been missing

By Steve Coulter Co-Publisher I’ve been missing the smell and taste of Applewood’s fritters. They were always hot, fresh and had just the right amount of powdered sugar. And you could never run out. Remember how they always had someone walking around with the fritter basket? As soon as you finished, 2 more fritters would…

Bringing back Steak and Ale

  By Steve Coulter Co-Publisher On July 29, 2008, all remaining Steak and Ale locations closed as part of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding. Now after nearly 12 years, Steak and Ale is poised for an epic comeback. Created in 1966 by the late Norman Brinker. The iconic restaurant chain with its dimly lit ambiance,…

There’s no food like fair food

Carnival Eats & Treats bringing taste of the State Fair to Tuttle By Steve Coulter Co-Publisher TUTTLE – You don’t have to wait until September to enjoy your favorite fair foods. Carnival Eats & Treats offers state fair food all year round. The Oklahoma based food concession stand is located at 5109 E Hwy 37…

Legion pays tribute to law enforcement

By Traci Chapman Staff Writer As the wind whipped the flag under a bright blue sky Friday, Mustang American Legion Post 353 members gathered to honor the men and women who keep Mustang safe. “We gather each year to commemorate National Peace Officers Memorial Day and to thank our members of Mustang Police Department, who…

Taco Casa coming to south Yukon

By Steve Coulter Co-Publisher Canadian County residents have a new Mexican restaurant to try this summer. Construction is under way for a Taco Casa at 12424 NW 10th Street. It will be located across from Arby’s in the Market at Czech Hall. “We are thrilled to become part of the Yukon community. My wife’s family…

Small businesses not immune to COVID-19’s terrible toll

With research and responsibility, Cory Rose put safety precautions in place before there were any cases of the coronavirus in Oklahoma. Rose, owner/operator at Peaceful Warriors Martial Arts, was tracking the coronavirus for weeks. He noticed COVID-19’s disastrous impact on the stock market, and began preparing for the virus’s arrival. “I was tracking this from…

Officials ask for help as pandemic impacts blood drives, donations

By Traci Chapman Staff Writer As confirmed COVID-19 cases and the number of resulting deaths continue to rise, the pandemic is also taking a toll on other medical efforts, efforts that if not maintained could put more people at risk, officials say. Key among those was blood donation activities, which have taken a serious hit…

GCSO Investigators solved vandalism case in less than two days

An elderly woman living in Bridge Creek was in Houston, Texas getting cancer treatment when eight children out of a group of ten, aged 9 to 12 years old, ransacked, vandalized, and destroyed her home. The homeowner is currently living with a family member, and her family has begun fundraising via Facebook. So far, 10…

The Aesthetics Place Medspa focuses on skincare, health and wellness

By Van Mitchell Contributing Writer Tanja Pittman was having shoulder issues many years ago and sought relief from massage therapy, which introduced her to the spa setting in Arkansas. Those experiences piqued her curiosity about possibly having her own spa and inspired her to visit different spas around the country while traveling to get ideas.…

Area News

Hirst wins reelection in county court clerk race

By Traci Chapman Staff Writer Canadian County Court Clerk Marie Hirst will begin her fourth term in January, after holding back a challenge by one of her former employees. Hirst received 7,951 – 52.63% – of the June 30 primary vote, while challenger Rindie Hunt was selected by 7,156, or 47.37%, of voters participating in…

Police cleared in fatal shooting

By Traci Chapman Staff Writer Canadian County district attorney Mike Fields found two Mustang police officers were justified in their use of deadly force and were doing their duty when they fatally shot a suspect during a June 5 incident. That finding came after an investigation by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which was tasked…

Area Sports

Getting to Know Senior Eric Hotwagner

By Stan Moss Contributing Writer COVID-19 wiped out spring sports nationwide and a lot of ink has already been spilled about it, telling story after story of what could’ve been for this boy, or that girl. Mustang senior soccer player Eric Hotwagner is a remarkable young man who beat setback after setback, beat the odds…

Mustang swimmers hope to make splash in 2019-20

By Stan Moss Contributing Writer The Mustang Broncos Swim team has a brand new coach in Ashley Berndt, and another year of experience under their belt after a promising season last year. On the girls’ side, Hannah Hamilton returns for her senior year after placing sixth at the state meet in the 100-yard butterfly for…

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