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Treasurer McDaniel reports growth in gross receipts despite sales tax decline

State Treasurer Randy McDaniel. Photo provided.

Staff Report   Oklahoma City – Gross Receipts to the Treasury for both the month of June and Fiscal Year 2019 indicate ongoing growth in the state’s economy, but recent collection data is sending some mixed signals, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced today. Reports released by McDaniel’s office show overall growth of 4.7 percent in […]

Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women seeks Hall of Fame nominees through July 26


Staff Report   Oklahoma City – The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) is seeking nominations for 2019 inductees to the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame. Nominations must be postmarked by the July 26 deadline. An event to recognize inductees will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Oklahoma Judicial Center. “There […]

OKC Astronomy Club to host Star party honoring first moon landing at Boathouse District on July 20

One of the most iconic images from the Apollo 11 mission is of Buzz Aldrin saluting the American flag on the surface of the Moon.  NASA Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma City Astronomy Club will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on Saturday, July 20, with a community-wide star party hosted by the Boathouse District, at 800 Riversport Drive, along the Oklahoma River. Club members will set up telescopes by […]

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to raise cash rates

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Staff Report   The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) will implement the third and final toll increase for the Driving Forward initiative on July 15. However, the planned increase only affects cash customers. Pikepass account holders rates will remain the same. The 2.5 percent increase will take effect on July 15. These toll increases were related […]

Councilman James Cooper encourages children to join ReadOKC’s summer reading challenge

Oklahoma City Councilman James Cooper recently encouraged elementary students to “Get in the Game” by reading the classic book “Where the Wild Things Are” to children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Recently, teacher and Oklahoma City Ward 2 Councilman James Cooper shared his love of books by reading the classic “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak to children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County at Memorial Park in northwest Oklahoma City.. […]

At Paseo: “Visions” – Vicki McGuire is featured artist at Contemporary Art Gallery beginning July 5

Norman artist Vikki McGuire brings her "Visions" to Contemporary Art Gallery, 2928 Paseo through July 28.  Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Norman artist Vikki McGuire brings her “Visions” to Contemporary Art Gallery, 2928 Paseo, which will showcase her colorful abstract acrylics throughout July in the historic Paseo neighborhood/arts district of Oklahoma City. While McGuire sometimes paints in a representational style, she finds that painting abstracts gives her the most freedom as […]

Eye Doctors Warn: Don’t let fun with fireworks lead to injury


Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY – July Fourth is nearly here and many Oklahomans are making plans to see fireworks displays. Have fun, say doctors with the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians (OAOP), but leave the fireworks to the professionals. “We want everyone to have a fun celebration,” said OAOP President Dr. Selina McGee, in […]

Book Review: John J. Dwyer’s novel “Mustang: A Novel of World War II” is magnificent


Patrick B. McGuigan, Editor and Publisher   The story of Lance Roark, son of pacifist Mennonites in western Oklahoma, began in John J. Dwyer’s novel, “Shortgrass.” That 2017 novel introduced readers to a peaceful enclave of western Oklahoma, where whites of primarily Germanic ancestry lived in relative harmony with Comanches and other Native American tribes, […]

Senate President Pro Temp Great Treat names his choices for LOFT-y oversight

Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, has named five members of the Senate to srve on the bipartisan oversight committee for the new Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT).

Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat last week announced the senators who will serve on the bipartisan, bicameral oversight committee for the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT). An Oklahoma City Republican, Treat appointed two Oklahoma City Democrats to the oversight group. Sen. Treat also designated two rural Republicans, […]

Movie-making Team for Oklahoma’s Al Mertens lands honors at Asia Pacific Film Festival

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Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher   When judging was over at a recently-concluded film festival (held in three locations, that last stop in Alaska), the news for Al Mertens of Oklahoma could not have been better. At the Asia Pacific International Filmmaker Festival, “Lord Finn” (directed by Mertens, who also wrote the screenplay) won for best […]

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