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Left behind, left waiting and left alone: A Commentary

From left: Wanda P. Felty with Ellyn Novak Hefner. Felty, a parent advocate, is the author of this month’s story in The City Sentinel’s series on Special Care, and the continuing needs for those among us with special needs. Photo provided.

  By Wanda P. Felty, Family Advocate The City Sentinel’s continuing series on OKSTABLE and related issues   An introductory note from Ellyn Novak Hefner: Planning for your child’s future who has a disability has many different parts…guardianship, Special Needs Trusts and OKSTABLE accounts to name a few. Another part of planning are waivered services. […]

Oklahoma Zoological Society to host inaugural online Safari Soiree fundraiser

The Oklahoma Zoological Society will present the first virtual Safari Soiree fundraiser live streamed on Friday, July 24 from 7 – 9 p.m.  Photo provided.

  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – For the first time ever, the public is invited to join the Oklahoma Zoological Society’s (OZS) annual fundraiser Safari Soirée online.  All that’s needed is a computer or mobile device with access to the internet. The event will be live streamed on Friday, […]

Dream of Bella SPCA Nonprofit Veterinary Hospital becomes a reality

This painting by Catlick Studios of Bella, Eric McCune’s and Wes Shaw’s first adopted rescue and the organization’s namesake, will hang on the wall of the new Bella SPCA Nonprofit Veterinary Hospital.  Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Bella SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is now realizing a longtime dream of its co-founders Eric McCune and his husband Wes Shaw. On Monday, July 6, the organization announced the soft opening of the Bella SPCA Nonprofit Veterinary Hospital, the […]

Ponca City native Wes Hawkins gets second chance through LifeShare

Ponca City native Wes Hawkins, diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and the age of three, is the recipient of a successful lung transplant operation thanks to the LifeShare organ donation program. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – LifeShare, a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO), is dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant purposes. Thanks to a LifeShare Oklahoma donation, Wes Hawkins is the recipient of a life-saving lung transplant. A native of Ponca City, Hawkins was […]

Special edition of ’20/20’ to feature “The Last Defense” examining Julius Jones death row case airs July 14 on ABC


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A special edition of ABC’S ‘20/20’ airing Tuesday, July 14, will feature former high school basketball state champion and honor student Julius Jones, who is seeking clemency while on death row for murder. The program will air from 7 – 9 p.m. CST. Jones has […]

Oklahoma leaders support Pardon & Parole Board members Doyle and Luck, community calls for McCall resignation

Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board members Kelly Doyle and Adam Luck.  Twitter photos

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A story that appeared in the Guthrie News Page on May 5 reports that Laura Austin Thomas, the district attorney for Payne and Logan counties, requested that two of the five Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board members, Kelly Doyle and Adam Luck, be removed […]

OKC VA launches “Wear it for Them!” face mask campaign


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – With the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Oklahoma, the CDC, the US Surgeon General and other doctors are now urging the widespread use of masks and face coverings. To support this initiative, the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center has launched a campaign called “Wear […]

News Summary, and a Prayer for Secoriea, Mayor Bottoms, Atlanta and America

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at a July 2019 event. Facebook Photo.

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher, The City Sentinel According to CNN, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms denounced the fatal shooting of an eight-year-old girl near the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was killed: “We’re fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up in our streets. You shot and killed a baby. And it wasn’t […]

Opinion: Every Voice Matters — but some words matter more than others

James Weldon Johnson

Patrick B. McGuigan   In the early 2000s at a school in northeast Oklahoma City, students and faculty together recited the Pledge of Allegiance, including the phrase “under God” (two words blended in after a campaign the Knights of Columbus led during the Eisenhower years). On special occasions (not every day, but often), we would […]

Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma receives $830,000 grant for Veteran Program

Oklahoma Veteran Harold Howard. Photo provided.

The City Sentinel Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Goodwill Industries of Oklahoma recently received an $830,000 supplemental grant as part of the COVID-19 CARES Funding to assist veterans experiencing homelessness and their families in central Oklahoma. “With the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen a significant increase in the percentage of unemployed veterans spiking […]

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