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Cutting Non-Teaching Personnel Could Mean Teacher Raises

Using the data that the Oklahoma State Department of Education reports to the U.S. Department of Education, Scafidi found that between fiscal years 1993 and 2014 enrollment in Oklahoma public schools increased by 14 percent.  File photo

Education resources questioned; experts recommend path to reform Stacy Martin, Investigative Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – Use of state education resources are being questioned amid findings that public school spending is nearing an all-time high. Public education revenues have risen from $7.40 billion in 2006 to $8.79 billion in 2016 fueled largely by increases in local […]

FWD.US – Open Letter to members of Congress

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Editor’s NOTE: Last week, activist Oklahomans working with FWD.us, a national group with a state affiliate, sent an open letter to all members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation. The group provided a copy of their letter to Patrick B. McGuigan, publisher of The City Sentinel newswpaper. The letter and names of all who signed it […]

Putnam Heights activist Suzanne Broadbent among 2017 honorees at the Good Neighbor awards Banquet

From left, Georgie Rasco of the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma presented Suzanne Broadbent, a Putnam Heights resident in Oklahoma City, the “individual good neighbor of the year” award at the recent “Good Neighbor Awards” banquet. Photo Provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma recently recognized Suzanne Broadbent, a Putnam Heights resident, and several other leaders and grass roots activists, organizations and neighborhoods for exceptional work over the past year. Winners were honored awarded at the Good Neighbor Awards Banquet held on last month at the Bricktown Chevy […]

ANALYSIS: Oklahoma prison facilities and equipment exhibiting years of neglect

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Mike W. Ray OKLAHOMA CITY –- Oklahoma’s prison system is outdated, underfunded and overextended, as demonstrated by the second consecutive request by Corrections Department Director Joe Allbaugh for a budget of $1 billion-plus. Oklahoma consistently has one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. The total convict population numbered 62,601 on Nov. 27. That […]

A great place for Shopping – ‘Holidays on Paseo’ launches Friday, Dec. 1, and continues all month

he Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk for December will take place on Friday, Dec. 1, from 6-10 p.m.  Photo provided.

Staff Report Oklahoma City – The Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk for December will take place on Friday, Dec. 1, from 6-10 p.m. “Holidays on the Paseo” will be a fantastic opportunity to get some unique gifts and support local artists and merchants many of whom will be featuring specials for the holidays. […]

Remembering Wrinkles The Gentleman Pug, Jan. 29, 2009 – Nov. 20, 2017

Remembering Wrinkles – The Gentleman Pug, Jan. 29, 2009 – Nov. 20, 2017. Photo by Darla Shelden


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY OK – Wrinkles came to Homeward Bound Pug Rescue of Oklahoma in January 2015.  Gail Tucker rescued him when she learned that he was going to be put down by his owner.  A calm, regal male, black pug, Wrinkles was diabetic and blind. Having saved one of […]

Ruth Blakley completes 45 years of service at Birth Choice of Oklahoma, but this story does not end

At the recent retirement party for Ruth Blakley were, from left, Blakley, Birth Choice supporter Dr. Tom Nix, board of directors member Robert Dolan, and executive director Barbara Chishko. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – After 45 years of dedicated service to unborn children and mothers, Ruth Blakley has retied from daily work at Birth Choice of Oklahoma. Her service to affirm life was honored recently at a dinner celebration held in the Stockyards City Cattlemen’s Event Center. Friends, co-workers and family members gathered […]

A, B, C, through the letter Z – David Holt amasses broad-based support in race for Mayor

David and Rachel Holt, with their children. Photo Provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week, the mayoral campaign of David Holt circulated to news organizations and via the Internet a long list of names of community leaders and grass-roots neighborhood activists from across the metropolitan area who support his campaign to lead the Sooner State’s capital city. This story reflects an edited compilation, […]

Sonja Martinez to host 27th annual Christmas AIDS Benefit to support Winds House

Sonja Martinez will host her 27th Annual Christmas AIDS Benefit on Monday, December 4, at the COPA in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter
. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma City performance artist Sonja Martinez will host her 27th Annual Christmas AIDS Benefit on Monday, December 4, at the COPA, 2200 N.W. 39 Expressway.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with entertainment beginning at 8 p.m.  All proceeds, including tips, will go to support The Winds […]

Barbara Boxer shares the “Art of Tough” with Sally’s List candidates and supporters

Sally’s List interim executive director Sara Jane Rose with former US Senator Barbara Boxer at the Sally’s List annual Luncheon on Nov. 3.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Newspaper OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – As the saying goes, “dynamite comes in small packages,’ so goes petite (4’11”) but tough Senator Barbara Boxer, the keynote speaker at this year’s annual Sally’s List Luncheon. Boxer rallied Sally’s List candidates and their supporters at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on […]

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