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Archive for: March, 2015

COMMENTARY: In D.C., ‘jolly’ bipartisan coalition throws a life preserver to school choice — in Oklahoma, Republicans help sink it

State Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, tried to create Education Savings Accounts in Oklahoma this year, but GOP opposition helped sink the idea. Meanwhile, in the nation's capital, a bipartisan coalition is trying to preserve a popular school choice option. Photo provided.

by Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, a key leader in the Republican-run Senate, pressed hard for Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) this year. But thanks to several fellow Republicans, his best efforts fell short. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, is part of a bi-partisan group chiding the Obama […]

Plaza District hosts Sidewalk Chalk Rock Exhibition for final weekend of spring break

The Oklahoma City Plaza District will host a new public art event, the Sidewalk Chalk Rock Exhibition, sponsored by District businesses on Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter As spring break draws to a close, the Plaza District will host a new public art event. The Sidewalk Chalk Rock Exhibition will be sponsored by District businesses. On Friday, March 20th, sponsoring Plaza businesses will host 2-3 artists, or artist teams of their choosing, to create chalk art […]

McGuigan named to Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

Patrick B. McGuigan

by Billie Rodely, The City Sentinel Patrick B. McGuigan — a journalist, historian and educator – will join the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame next month. The publisher of The City Sentinel, editor of CapitolBeatOK.com and News9 commentator is part of the 45th annual ceremony for the hall. “Patrick is certainly a great addition to […]

Kirkpatrick Foundation to host first ANIMAL Conference – “A Forum of Ideas, Impact and Inspiration”

The Kirkpatrick Foundation will host its first ANIMAL Conference, a two day “Forum of Ideas, Impact and Inspiration,” on March 30-31, in downtown Oklahoma City to inspire animal compassion and advocacy.  Photo by Joel Sartore.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Kirkpatrick Foundation will host the first ANIMAL Conference, a two day “Forum of Ideas, Impact and Inspiration,” on Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31, at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, 1 Park Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City. The event will bring together experts in science, journalism, research, and sustainability to convene […]

OCC’s Annual Day at the Legislature informs citizens of the legislative process

Registration is now open for the Oklahoma Conference of Churches 32nd Annual Day at the Legislature on Monday, March 23.  Pictured speakers from the 2014 event are Rev. Nathan Allen (left), pastor of Joy Lutheran Church in Tulsa and Rev. Dr. Stan Basler, a professor at Saint Paul's School of Theology at OCU. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The public is invited to attend the 32nd Annual Day at the Legislature themed, “Doing Justice – Criminal Justice and Corrections in Oklahoma” on Monday, March 23. Hosted by the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, registration and check-in for the morning session will convene at the State Capitol at 8:30 […]

OCU ranked top school for finance and accounting

Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business

Meinders School of Business ranked number two out of 500 Staff Report Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business was ranked number two in the country in the 30 Great Small Colleges for an Accounting and Finance Degree list by the Master of Finance Degrees website. The rank order among the top 30 schools — […]

Wayward pelican finds rest and relaxation at WildCare OK before returning to the wild

On Feb. 21 the American White Pelican, rescued by Oklahoma City resident Sonja Martinez, was successfully released back into the wild at Lake Overholser after 6 weeks of rest and rehabilitation at WildCare Oklahoma for a soft tissue shoulder injury.  Photo by Laura Kintz.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter On a cold and sunny January 5, Oklahoma City resident and popular performance artist Sonja Martinez saw an unusual sight on her front yard. She lives near Martin Nature Park and often sees wildlife, but nothing like the large white, long beaked bird she saw through her window that day. “The dogs […]

OKC Beautiful luncheon celebrates dedication to community improvements

The 32nd Annual Oklahoma City Beautiful Distinguished Service Awards, chaired by Mary Blankenship Pointer (left) and Vicki Clark Gourley, honors all segments of the community that work to create and sustain programs and projects that benefit the Oklahoma City metro area.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The pubic is invited to attend the 32nd Annual Oklahoma City Beautiful Distinguished Service Awards luncheon on Thursday, March 26. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd The luncheon honors groups and individuals who have contributed significantly […]

History met on a bridge, to expand the boundaries of freedom

March 7, 2015: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia begin their walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches. The Obama family marched with former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush. Hundreds of civil rights movement veterans were part of the throng, including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

by Barack Obama It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes. Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning 50 years ago and made his way to Brown Chapel, heroics were not on his […]

PLS Literacy Services program provides a path to citizenship

Holding her certificate of U.S. citizenship, Yolanda Valenzuela stands with Cap Kaylor, who tutored her through the Pioneer Library System’s Adult Literacy Services program. Today, Valenzuela is a volunteer tutor for students in the PLS program.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Pioneer Library System (PLS) is boosting its services for English as a Second Language for those interested in pursuing American citizenship. The program is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. As part of the grant, “Citizenship Corners” have been established at five PLS […]

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