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Archive for: April, 2015

State House advances expansion of public charter schools

State Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 782, which would allow rural school districts (at local option) to sponsor a public charter school. Under current Oklahoma law, charters are limited to urban areas. Photo provided.

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation approved in the Oklahoma House of Representatives this week would allow rural school districts to sponsor a charter school. Senate Bill 782, by Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, and Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, allows school districts to adopt a charter school model. It also provides for a way for […]

Walk for Earth planned for Earth Day in Oklahoma City

2015 Earth Walk OKC

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter America’s 45th Earth Day will be celebrated with an Earth Walk on the Oklahoma City University campus on Wednesday, April 22. Walkers will be welcomed with live music beginning at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the United Methodist Church headquarters located at NW 24th Street and McKinley […]

Losses & Wins & Injuries, O My! How Thunder Can Get Better

Mark Rodgers

By Mark Rodgers Bummer. No more NBA in OKC for six months. And what a previous six months’ journey it has been. While we were lost in the glory of the early college football season, KD’s foot fractured, Reggie Jackson fractured the team’s chemistry and a once promising bench produced less offense than a third […]

Letter to the Editor: High Court should protect universal and equal rights

Nathaniel Batchelder, Director of the Peace House OKC

by Nathaniel Batchelder To The Editor: In 1967, when the US Supreme Court overturned as unconstitutional all state laws prohibiting interracial marriage, only 17 states still had such laws, including Oklahoma. Some had been in place for 200 years, all justified with the religious defense: “Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and […]

Green Connections plans 4th Earth Day celebration at Turtle Rock Farm

On April 25, the 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Turtle Rock Farm will feature tours of Straw Bale Hermitage and High Tunnel Garden, meeting the Alpaca and a visit to the tipi. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Green Connections, a non-profit organization dedicated to ecological education, will hold their 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 25 at Turtle Rock Farm, east of Billings, Oklahoma.  The free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A working farm run by Pat Hoerth and […]

TheatreOCU remembers OKC bombing through original play by Steve Gilroy

(L-R) Courtney DiBello, director, and Bryan Bauer, stage manager. and playwright Steve Gilroy working on the Oklahoma City University “Oklahoma City Bombing Project,” a play that can be seen for free from April 16-19 at the OCU  Burg Theater.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter It has been two decades since the Alfred P. Murrah building was bombed and 168 lives were lost. Oklahoma City University will present “The Oklahoma City Bombing Project.” As an emerging form of theatre art, TheatreOCU company has created a new theatrical production that explores the April 1995 event. […]

The Color Run, “the happiest 5K on the planet” comes to the OKC Zoo

This year OKC ZooFriends has been chosen as the official charity of the The Color Run 5K event, which will be held on Saturday, April 11. Participants will start and end at Remington Park beginning at 9 a.m  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Color Run™ 5K event, also known as “the happiest 5K on the planet,” is coming to Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS/ZooFriends) has been chosen as the official charity of the run, which will be held on Saturday, April 11. The Oklahoma City Color Run will take place […]

OCU’s production of Lerner & Loewe classic ‘Brigadoon’ set for April 24-26

Walker Degerness as Tommy Albright and Mackenzie Menter as Fiona MacLaren are among the 38-member cast presenting the romantic musical  Brigadoon at Oklahoma City University, April 24-26.  The award-winning show, OCU’s season finale, also features a 34-piece orchestra. Three performances: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee, in Kirkpatrick Auditorium, 2501 N. Blackwelder. Tickets ($12-25) from 405.208.56227 or Photo provided.

Staff Report Jaded New York tourists stumble across a mysterious Scottish town in the romantic musical  Brigadoon, the April 24-26 finale of Oklahoma City University’s opera and music theater season. The Bass School of Music production will feature a cast of 38, under the direction of Dr. David Herendeen, and a 34-piece pit orchestra, under […]

Our City remembers the Murrah Bombing, honoring the victims, their families and local response

The Resiience Project

Staff Report Twenty years after the bombing of the A.P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, the community will remember the victims of that day day and their families, and honor the community response. Two influential news organizations have planned a major project to coincide with the date. OETA and The Oklahoman newspaper have […]

Praising Darla: Honoring a reporter, and a friend

Darla Shelden

by Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher EDMOND, OK – The late William F. Buckley, Jr., frequently answered criticisms about his friendships with people who did not share his views, including his selection of godparents for his children. Buckley, whom I was privileged to know, explained once, “I am a conservative in all things, save my choice […]

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