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ACLU to pursue appeal in Oklahoma anti-panhandling case


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoman Editorial Board recently stated that a federal judge has ruled that the Oklahoma City ordinance that outlaws panhandling from traffic medians is constitutional. The ordinance was approved by the city council in December 2015 after much debate. The ordinance prohibited standing on traffic […]

Nathaniel Harding seeks Ward 6 Oklahoma City Council seat

Nathanial Harding.  Photo provided.

  Patrick B. McGuigan   Oklahoma City – The first time The City Sentinel visited (back in December) with Ward 6 council candidate Nathaniel Harding, this reporter commented he was impressed the hopeful was going door-to-door more than a month before the February 12 election. He replied, “I’ve actually been knocking doors for much longer […]

‘Russian Romantics’ – January 15 Brightmusic concert to enliven a New Year


Staff Report The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present significant works by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Sergei Taneyev in “Russian Romantics,” its third concert of the 2018-19 season Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Rachmaninoff’s sonata for cello and piano, completed in 1901, is his most famous piece of chamber music. Taneyev’s expansive work for piano and strings, composed […]

From Oklahoma City Public Schools – Final Criteria Data for ‘Pathway to Greatness’

Dr. Sean McDaniell, the new Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent, is guiding a “Pathway to Greatness” process aiming to improve local tax-supported schools in the state’s largest district. Photo by Oklahoma City Free Press.

Staff Report On Friday, December 21, Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) released what a press release called “our final sets of criteria data as we continue our work to redesign our district for the future through our Pathway to Greatness (P2G) Project. Our top priority for our resources must be providing equitable learning opportunities for our students […]

Home for the Holidays’ – Central Oklahoma family benefits from Rumsey gift

The recipients of the Rumseys’ philanthropy are the Trejo family, which includes parents Ruben and Trinidad, and their three children, one of whom has special needs.  Photo provided.

Staff Report   Yet another Oklahoma family celebrated the holidays in their very own home, thanks to the generosity of retired business owners Gary and Diane Rumsey. This past fall the Rumseys donated $90,000 to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, to underwrite the full construction costs of the new dwelling. Along with their donation, for the […]

The Color Purple and feminine electoral strengths – Oklahoma City Top 10 local stories for 2018

When she takes the oath of office in Washington, D.C., in early January, Kendra Horn will be the first member of her party to hold the Fifth Congressional District seat since 1975. Horn, pictured here at her July 2017 launch party, won a narrow but clear-cut victory in the November 2018 general election. Her victory is the top local news story in The City Sentinel’s annual “Top 10” listing.  
File Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher In the imperfect but popular color designations assigned to modern voting patterns, Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County now seem securely ensconced in the ranks of the “color purple” – a mixture of blue (liberal Democratic leaning) and red (conservative Republican leaning). In this newspaper’s annual ranking of top 10 local stories, […]

Incoming Oklahoma Senate President Pro Temp Treat names leadership team, designates Bice and Standridge for key roles

Oklahoma State Senator Greg Treat. Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Incoming Senate President Pro Temp Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, has named his leadership team for the 57th State Legislature. Key members include Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City – designated Assistant Floor Leader — and Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, named Majority Whip. Treat said, in a statement sent to The City […]

As Democratic rural losses increase, state Rep. Tadlock says he is changing Parties, not changing sides


Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher Oklahoma City – State Rep. Johnny Tadlock, first elected as representative from Oklahoma House District 1 in 2014, delivered the political equivalent of a trembler at the state Capitol last week. Tadlock switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. The Idabel legislator cited conservative policy beliefs as the reason for […]

OKC 2019 Martin Luther King Day events planned

The 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebration will take place Monday, January 21 in downtown Oklahoma City. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Story updated Thursday, Jan. 4, 2019 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma City’s 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration, themed, “We Are CommUNITY” will take place on Monday, January 21, the national holiday bearing King’s name. The public is invited to attend. Organized by the Oklahoma City Martin Luther […]

OKC’s Downtown in December offers holiday activities for the entire family

Free Water Taxi Rides down the Bricktown canal will be available for all ages Thursdays through Sundays through December 31, from 6 – 9 p.m. Facebook photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Downtown in December 2018 is hosting a series of holiday events and attractions, which are now in full swing in the heart of Oklahoma City. The winter events include outdoor ice skating, a tree lighting festival, afternoon visits with Santa Claus, free water taxi excursions, performing arts, shopping, and […]

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