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Archive for: August, 2016

Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge calls for volunteers to help area youth

Kicking off Oklahoma’s Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge is University of Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops (center) with mentors and mentees. Joining Stoops (from left) is Yukon's Miller Mentors’ volunteer Sam Minick and mentee Riley Cops, Norman's Big Brothers Big Sisters' volunteer Chad Griffin and mentee Gunner Bracken, the Mentoring Project's Andrew Hwang and mentee Anthony Rocha, and Edmond Soncatchers’ mentor Joey Shaw and mentee David Meraz.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Oklahoma’s Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge is a statewide campaign among secondary school and college coaches to encourage sports fans to mentor young people in their communities. Now underway, nearly 400 coaches have endorsed the third of these annual campaigns, which will run through November 30. Leading the challenge is Oklahoma State […]

Gay minister, father of 5 adopted at-risk sons, joins OKC’s First Unitarian Church

Now the new interim minister of First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, The Rev. Gregory Stewart (center) is seen shortly before he was arrested while protesting California Proposition 8, to rescind marriage equality, in San Francisco, CA.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Incorporated in 1893, the oldest Unitarian church in the Southwest, will host an Ice Cream Social and Open House on Saturday, August 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.  The First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, 600 NW 13 Street, is inviting members of the community and clergy to meet […]

American Banjo Museum 2016 Hall of Fame inductees announced

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Newspaper The 2016 inductees into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame have been announced and will be celebrated during several events in Oklahoma City coming up in September. The honorees are J.D. Crowe, Five-String Performance; Pat Terry, Jr., Four-String Performance; George Formby, Historical; Deering Banjo Company, Design & Manufacture […]

Capitol Report for August 13: Good News from Positive Tomorrows, applause for three legislators

News9 reporter Alex Cameron (left) and CapitolBeakOK / City Sentinel editor Pat McGuigan

On this week’s Capitol Report segment, Patrick B. McGuigan discussed the latest news from Oklahoma’s only school devoted solely to serving homeless children. He told Justin Dougherty, reporter for News9 (the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City) about the recent addition of a Pre-K program at Positive Tomorrows, as well as expansion and improvements in the […]

Girl Scouts to host 5th Cookies & Cocktails competition


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma (GSWESTOK) will host its 5th annual Cookies & Cocktails fundraiser on Thursday, August 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at IAO Gallery, 706 W Sheridan Avenue, in Oklahoma City. Guests will have the opportunity to try signature cocktails from Oak & Ore and The Garage restaurants, beverages […]

Midnight Streak 5K set to support arts education in Oklahoma

On Saturday, August 20, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center will host its 12th annual USATF-certified Midnight Streak 5K run in Oklahoma City. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter On Saturday, August 20, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center will host its 12th annual USATF-certified 5K run in Oklahoma City.  The popular Midnight Streak will begin at 8 p.m. as runners dash through districts including Automobile Alley, Midtown, SOSA (South of Saint Anthony Hospital) and Heritage Hills. Midnight Streak will start […]

Summer 2016 marks 15 years of work for Oklahoma City’s Jones PR

The numbers in this elegant ice sculpture tell the story of Jones PR – 15 years of providing world class services from Oklahoma City. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY — In recognition of Jones PR’s 15th anniversary, celebrated this summer, the Oklahoma-based public affairs agency carried out 15 Days of Giving to 15 Oklahoma nonprofits with direct donations, services and supplies valued at more than $15,000. For 15 days, from June 13 through July 1, Jones PR conducted 15 acts […]

Oklahoma Republicans participate in Cleveland Convention

The Oklahoma delegation to the Republican National Convention, held in July, is seen in this photograph posted July 23 on Facebook. Just right of the delegation sign is state Chairman Pam Pollard. Others in the photograph include County Assessor Leonard Sullivan, Charles Potts, Daren Ward, conservative author and writer Steve Byas, National Committeewoman Carolyn McLarty, Steve Curry, and activists Megan Winburn and Bunny Chambers.
Photo provided by Charles W. Potts

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor Oklahomans, including many from Oklahoma City, participated in the 2016 Republican Naitonal Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Governor Mary Fallin chaired the platform committee and twice spoke to the assembled convention. Trump rolled to a comfortable victory in the nationwide delegate count, but finished second in Oklahoma. He lost to U.S. […]

Editor’s Notebook: Porter Scholarship, Toll Fellowship, a College Fair

State Senator Kevin Matthews.  Photo provided.

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – From an Editor’s Notebook, Oklahoma’s historical black institution of Higher Education formally establishes a scholarship honoring the state’s first black senator, a city legislator is part of a prestigious fellowship program, and the third annual Black Elected Officials College Fair is scheduled for late August. Langston University […]

Capitol Report for August 6: New high school plans bring hope, and looking at a crisis of confidence in both political parties

News9 reporter Alex Cameron (left) and CapitolBeakOK / City Sentinel editor Pat McGuigan

In this week’s segment of Capitol Report on News9, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City, Patrick B. McGuigan highlighted news that a Cristo Rey High School will open in Oklahoma City in fall of 2017. The model secondary schools operate in about three dozen cities across the nation, successfully preparing students from challenged circumstances for […]

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