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Archive for: June, 2015

Oklahoma History Center presents “Black Towns Then & Now” panel discussion

On Tuesday, June 30, the Oklahoma History Center will host a panel discussion titled “Black Towns Then ... Black Towns Now,” sponsored by the Coltrane Group. The event is also the public’s last chance to see the Coltrane Group's exhibit, “Colored Memories: Historic Colorized Photos of Life in ‘The Crown Jewel,” Boley, Oklahoma. The Farmers and Merchants Bank was opened in 1906 in Boley, OK by businessman D. J. Turner who became its President and the town's Mayor.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter On Tuesday, June 30, the Oklahoma History Center will host the panel discussion, “Black Towns Then … Black Towns Now,” sponsored by the Coltrane Group. The event is free and doors open at 6 p.m., with the discussion beginning at 7 p.m. This forum, which will be held at 800 […]

Rep. Morrissette seeks Interim Study focused on Oklahoma’s nutrition challenges

State Rep. Richard Morrissette

Staff Report State Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, has submitted an Interim Study request, asking for time, opportunity and resources to study state priorities and efforts to combat poor nutrition among Oklahomans. In a press release sent to The City Sentinel, the veteran legislator said, “With headlines this month alone announcing, ‘Inmate medical costs handcuff […]

Girl Scouts break ground on storm shelter near Marlow

From left: Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma Board President Susan Hardy-Brooks, Nicole Baylor Fritz, Brenda Wheelock Troop 241 Leader, campaign chair, Zoei Henry, and Shannon Evers, CEO attend the ground breaking ceremony of the state of the art FEMA F5 rated storm shelter at their resident camp near Marlow, Oklahoma. Photo by David Wheelock.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma have successfully acquired funding for their $290,000 Give Storm Shelter Campaign. As a result, the organization recently broke ground on a state of the art FEMA F5 rated storm shelter at their resident camp near Marlow, Oklahoma. The site at Camp E-Ko-Wah is in southwestern Oklahoma on […]

Oklahoma Presidential Scholar, was once homeless

A recent graduate of Norman North High School, Dylan Dawson (left), is one of three U.S. Presidential Scholars along with Duncan Carson and Abigale White.  Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Dylan Dawson has been homeless for the last two years, but in the fall he will be making a new home in the Ivy League. A recent graduate of Norman North High School, Dawson is one of Oklahoma’s three U.S. Presidential Scholars. The trio are headed to the nation’s capital […]

Oklahoma History Center offers summer educational classes and events

A variety of educational classes and events for participants of all ages are available this summer at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter A variety of educational classes and events for all ages are available this summer at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, in Oklahoma City. On Saturday, June 27, OHC will host a Family Space Camp from 2 to 5 p.m. Participants will explore the space exhibit, use […]

Rep. David Perryman concerned state High Court ruling could void county taxes

Oklahoma State Rep. David Perryman

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma Supreme Court decision last month could potentially void hundreds, if not thousands, of tax sales across the state, Rep. David Perryman warned in a June 15 press release. By a vote of 7-2 in the case entitled “Crownover v. Keel,” the Justices held that even when county treasurers […]

Rep. Seneca Scott proposes Interim Study for ‘e-construction’ and ‘road diets’ in Transportation

State Rep. Seneca Scott

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Seneca Scott, D-Tulsa, has proposed a legislative Interim Study to focus an ‘e-construction’ record-keeping alternative for the state Transportation Department’s 8-year plan. If approved by legislative leadership, Rep. Scott also wants to examine “road diets” for route designs. A press release from House Democratic Media staff pointed out […]

OK-CADP forum focuses on opposition to State Question 776

Starting a campaign to defeat the 2016 November ballot State Question 776 (a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment regarding the death penalty), the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) hosted a forum presented by Restoring Justice Oklahoma (RJO) last Thursday, June 18. Speakers included (from left) RJO co-organizers Rev. Zachary Gleason and Dr. Britney Hopkins, OK-CADP chair Connie Johnson and RJO co-organizer Jonathan Marshall. Photo by Darla Shelden.

By Patrick B. McGuigan, Editor On Thursday, June 18, the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) hosted a forum on “Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty,” at the First Unitarian Church in Oklahoma City. Presented by Restoring Justice Oklahoma (RJO), the event kicked off the coalition’s campaign to defeat State Question 776. RJO […]

Commission on Status of women presents ‘Guardian Award’ to Sen. AJ Griffin

Sen. AJ Griffin, center, was presented the 2015 Guardian Award for family advocacy by Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. Making the presentation were executive director Kitti Asberry (left) and Chair Lou Kohlman (right). Photo Provided

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY  — The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) recently presented the 2015 Guardian Award to Sen. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie, at the Oklahoma State Capitol and elected its officers for this year. Sen. Griffin was recognized for her legislative and other efforts advocating for Oklahoma women and families. Each year, […]

Faith leaders in public office lead chorus of prayers after Charleston killings

On May 29, U.S. Senator Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, prepares U.S. military care packages with members of the USO. Thursday (June 18), Sen. Scott organized a prayer vigil for the families of those murdered during a church service in Charleston on Wednesday night. File Photo from Sen. Scott's Facebook page

by Patrick B. McGuigan Editor OKLAHOMA CITY – U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, joined his colleague Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, in a U.S. Capitol prayer service held Thursday afternoon (June 18) to mourn for the nine people murdered at a church in South Carolina. In a statement sent to CapitolBeatOK and other news organizations, State […]

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