The City Sentinel
Archive for: August, 2011

Central Oklahoma Wildfires, Watch Local News for exact details


from KFOR News OKLAHOMA CITY — The grass fire has crossed Britton Rd. between Prosper Dr. and Midwest Blvd. At least two homes have been destroyed in a large grass fire that started near 63rd St. and Sooner Rd. and moved Northeast just after 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. At least 7,000 are without power in […]

State AT&T president hopeful as FCC resets “shot clock” on consideration of merger with T-Mobile


Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor In a step that could have transformational potential for Oklahoma, AT&T wants to buy T-Mobile, in a blockduster deal worth perhaps $39 billion, officials said. The buyer, if successful, is planning over seven years to spend $8 billion in incremental infrastructure spending after the transaction (which is awaiting regulatory approval). […]

Will Rogers airport, United Airlines celebrate inaugural flight to San Francisco

Staff Report Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport will host a ceremony for the inaugural departure of United Airlines new nonstop service to San Francisco, California at 6:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 30, at United’s Gate 5. Passengers boarding United Airlines’ Flight 6241 will be surrounded with iconic images of the City by the Bay, served […]

Brightmusic season begins with Romance; five regular concerts planned, Bonus post-season Bach and Brahms concerts to follow in May


Staff Report Oklahoma City’s own Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble proudly announces its ninth season of chamber music concerts. The 2011-12 season consists of five regular performances, starting Sept. 2011 and concluding April 2012. The regular season will be followed by a bonus series, comprising four, Bach and Brahms concert festivals in May. Brightmusic will give two […]

Sheriff John Whetsel honored for outstanding service; takes pride in department’s accomplishments

Whetsel, center, with two attorneys who respect his work. Left, John Coyle and right, Billy Coyle.

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer Inspired by a local police captain who lived down the street, John Whetsel grew up always wanting to be a police officer. Beginning his law enforcement career in 1967, he joined the Choctaw Police Department in 1973, serving as its chief for 21 years. In 1997 he was elected Oklahoma […]

Oral Roberts’ gay grandson to be public face of 2011 AIDS Walk


Randy Roberts Potts staff report Randy Roberts Potts, gay grandson of televangelist Oral Roberts, has been selected as the 2011 AIDS Walk Grand Marshall. After being selected for the position, Potts said that he was shocked but very happy. At the 2011 AIDS Walk, he will serve as a public face of the walk. Although […]

Two new books forthcoming from quartet of city authors


Special to The City Sentinel Two new books from local publishers illuminate Oklahoma City history in unique ways. One is A pictorial history of Oklahoma City’s downtown “film row.” One depicts the story of a corner of community history that was nearly forgotten before a recent renaissance “Oklahoma City: Film Row” is a pictoral history. […]

The CouchSurfing Phenomenon becoming big in Oklahoma

Starting from their home in Reading Pa., Collin Whitlock (pictured) and his father Jeff Whitlock toured Route 66 donning their customized plate. Photo by Jeff Whitlock.

  By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer In the US, cross-country drivers typically pass through Oklahoma City, especially with the popularity of historical Route 66. Now, finding a local to put them up has become a lot easier through the Internet phenomena called CouchSurfing. is an international non-profit network that connects its travelers with locals […]

Softball players benefit from latest technological pitching machine


  By Joni Menton Staff Writer In the world of elite fast pitch softball, a high tech “Virtual Reality” pitching simulator has now become accessible for competitive softball athletes in Oklahoma City. The participation of women in intensely competitive sports continues to grow in the United States and abroad. With the significantly increased profile of […]

Oklahoma City promotes two wheelers to glide to better health

Nimmo riding face hero (2)

  By Darla Sheldon Contributing Writer Berlin is a city where less than half of its residents own a car. Its streets are very bike-friendly, with lots of bike paths and alternative routes. Biking makes it possible to hop off and explore sidewalk cafes, museums, parks or whatever catches your eye. In other locales, such […]

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