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Archive for: December, 2016

Oklahoma City Senator David Holt will press for major teacher pay hike

State Sen. David Holt.  Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor State Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, has long promoted a pay hike for public school teachers. In a recent interview, he detailed the reasons for his advocacy. “We can’t have the future we want for our state without a solid education system. We can’t have a solid education system without quality […]

Dr. Kent Buchanan named Oklahoma City University provost, engineering degree partnership announced

Provost Kent Buchanan. Photo provided

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Kent Buchanan, Ph.D., has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma City University, President Robert Henry announced on December 16. Buchanan has served in the role on an interim basis since July 2015. His appointment follows a national search and a recommendation from the university’s search […]

AAA’s Great Pretenders Mocktail Mix-Off creates zero proof drinks for holiday revelers


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Just in time for the holidays, AAA’s new zero proof beverage recipes are now available at no charge for alcohol free party revelers in a brochure from AAA Oklahoma. The recipes are original, alcohol-free creations developed by metro area bartenders for AAA’s annual Great Pretenders Mocktail Mix-Off. The event […]

Editor’s Notebook: OCPA analyst decries OBA attack on Pruitt, Mayor Mick meets President-elect Trump, F.D. Moon Elementary welcomes Santa

Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Mayors met Thursday (December 15) with President-elect Donald Trump at his office in New York. Leading the delegation, at Trump’s right in this photo, was Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. Photo from conference of mayors Facebook page.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – From an editor’s notebook, the nomination of Scott Pruitt ignites a home-state clash of the titans, members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors visit the president-elect, and students at a local elementary school welcomed Santa (and one of the “most famous reindeer of all”) for a visit this week. […]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List


By Gary Rylas, Sprint Oklahoma District Manager Online Guest Column OKLAHOMA CITY – The last few days before Christmas are fast approaching. Are you still looking for the last gift on your list or potentially haven’t even started shopping yet? Make it easier on yourself and go with technology. There is something for everyone, from […]

AAA offers Tipsy Tow service as well as other roadside aid to holiday drivers

AAA Oklahoma’s Tipsy Tow service will take holiday revelers and their vehicle home by calling (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP) from now until 4 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2.  Photo provided

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter AAA Oklahoma will once again offer its free Tipsy Tow community service for year-end holiday partiers. The program gives intoxicated drivers an option to getting behind the wheel and creating a danger for themselves and others. If holiday revelers feel unsafe behind the wheel after drinking, Tipsy Tow will take […]

Capitol Report for December 17: Pruitt challenged but confirmation likely, and praise for Scaperlanda’s biography of Father Rother

News9's Alex Cameron (left) and Patrick B. McGuigan, editor of CapitolBeatOK and The City Sentinel on the weekly show, Capitol Report.  Photo provided.

On this week’s segment of Capitol Report, analyst Patrick B. McGuigan said Scott Pruit “is likely to be confirmed” to run the Environmental Protection Agency, but “it’s not a done deal.” As CapitolBeatOK and other news organizations have reported, Pruitt has strong support from Oklahoma conservatives — including leaders like state Sen. Greg Treat and […]

Street crews preparing for winter weather this weekend


Staff Report Oklahoma City street crews were pre-treating bridges and overpasses Friday in anticipation of winter weather this weekend. Up to 34 salt and plow trucks are available to treat and clear snow routes if winter precipitation affects Oklahoma City this weekend, when temperatures and wind chills are expected to be dangerously low and blowing […]

OCCDLA annual holiday event honors warriors for justice

This year’s OCCDLA honored attorney Joi E. Miskel (center) with the Barry Albert Award for Excellence in Advocacy. With her are attorney Johnnie Albert and Cherie Albert, son and wife of the late Barry Albert.  Photo by Darla Shelden.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCCDLA) recently held its annual Christmas Party in downtown Oklahoma City to celebrate the holiday and to honor several of its members. The Coyle Law Firm, led by OCCDLA past president, John W. Coyle, and his son Billy Coyle, OCCDLA president, hosted […]

Gov. Mary Fallin’s “Feeding Oklahoma Drive” exceeds goal, benefiting food banks

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin speaks at a Martin Luther King Day celebration during her first term as the state’s chief executive. This year, the Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive she led garnered a record volume of food and donations to benefit Oklahomans struggling with hunger. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Mary Fallin on Thursday (December 15) announced the seventh annual Feeding Oklahoma Drive, which ran Oct.1 through 31, exceeded its goal of raising 2 million meals. In total, the drive raised $303,991 in donations and 1,327,766 pounds of food, which will provide 2,626,428 meals for Oklahomans struggling with hunger. […]

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