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Dialogue Institute plans October 3 Friendship Dinner, honoring Roodman, the Farzanehs and St. Augustine Church

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Patrick B. McGuigan   Oklahoma City – The 13th annual Friendship Dinner, sponsored by the Dialogue Institute of Oklahoma, is set for Thursday, October 3. Honorees will include Edie Roodman of Oklahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE), Jalal Farzaneh and Mohammad Farzaneh, Orhan Osman (former Executive Director of Dialogue Institute), and St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church. […]

Oklahomans paying to educate ‘ghost students’ in numerous districts

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By Ray Carter   When news broke that the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation had filed a search warrant accusing Epic Charter Schools of receiving state funding for “ghost students” who did not attend school through the online provider and, in one case, had even left the state the prior year, it understandably drew concern […]

Oklahoma Democratic party congratulates Young Democrats on national honors

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Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party, through communications director Angela Allmond, said today (Wednesday, July 24) it was “thrilled to celebrate the successes of the Young Democrats of Oklahoma at the recent Young Democrats of America convention in Indiana.” Joshua Harris-Till was elected national president of the YDA. He is the second […]

Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat makes key choices for governing boards

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Staff Report   Oklahoma City – Oklahoma’s state constitution, crafted under the influence of the philosophies that gained currency during the Populist and Progressive Eras of American governance, is laced with a range of structural mechanisms that keep executive power from concentrating in the hands of the state’s chief executive (governor). Oklahoma governors are, traditionally, […]

EPIC Charter School Student spotlight: Randel Ludwig

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Staff Report (adapted from Epic Charter School Release) Students and families choose Epic Charter School for a variety of reasons. Some of our students are exceptional, while others might be considered struggling. At a young age, Randel Ludwig was diagnosed with multiple developmental disabilities including narcolepsy and Tourette’s. Epic’s personalized learning model gave Randel a […]

City Briefs: Two Oklahoma City referenda coincide with first MAPs4 meeting, Police Chief named, Holt deepens involvement with mayors’ conference

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The City Sentinel Online, Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY – On Tuesday, July 9, as MAPs4 community meetings begin, Oklahoma City voters will decide on two important ballot propositions. On Monday (July 8), veteran police officer Wade Gourley was named Oklahoma City Police Chief. Mayor David Holt, fresh from a working trip to Hawaii (where […]

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, […]

WildCare OK to host inaugural “Keeping It Wild” dinner fundraiser, announces new executive director

WildCare Oklahoma will host its first ever dinner fundraiser and silent auction to celebrate its 100,000 animal helped on Saturday, July 20 at Sooner Legends Inn & Suites in Norman.  Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The public is invited to celebrate the 35th year of WildCare Oklahoma’s dedicated work by attending its first-ever dinner fundraiser and silent auction themed “Keeping It Wild in Oklahoma.” Honoring their landmark 100,000th animal helped, the event will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 at Sooner Legends […]

Oklahoma City sales tax collections climb in newest report; penalty reductions for city citations offered

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The City Sentinel Staff Report   Sales tax collections improved again in the Sooner State’s capital city, and the Council has voted in favor of a kind of amnesty for tickets and other citations. The June sales tax report shows General Fund collections in Oklahoma City were up 3.1 percent compared to the same month […]

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