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January 1, 2014

County conflict top story of 2013



In April, Rogers State University broke ground on a $4.9 million dining hall.
Also in April, Rogers County officials moved into its new courthouse.
In August, Holiday Inn Express & Suites announced it will build in Claremore at 1400 W. Country Club Lane. The hotel and conference center will include 80 rooms and a 5,000 to 6,000 conference center.
The City of Claremore, Visit Claremore and the Chamber of Commerce, along with the KT Patel family, held a groundbreaking for La Quinta Inns & Suites in November. The three-story, 70-room hotel will be located at 774 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd.
In March, Buffalo Wild Wings announced it would build a restaurant in The Market shopping center. It opened in October.
In April, Bennetts Pharmacy opened in the old Braum’s building on Lynn Riggs Road.
El Banquete Mexican Grille opened at 1331 W. Will Rogers Blvd.
In August, the widening of J. M. Davis Boulevard was completed by the City of Claremore.
In September, D.T. Specialized Services razed the Mason Center, clearing the way for a CVS Pharmacy.
The City of Claremore began investing in the realignment of Hwy. 20 in Claremore. In August, city councilors approved $273,900 for an engineering services agreement for the initial stage of the $30 million plan. In October, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation place the Hwy 20/66 connection in its 8-year plan.
In September, Pixley Lumber celebrated 50 years in business.
Rogers County schools get A-F grades
The Oklahoma Board of Education released A-F grades for all public schools in November. Overall grades for area school districts are Justus Tiawah, B;  Claremore, B-plus; Catoosa, C;  Oologah, B-plus; Chelsea, D; Inola,  C-plus; Sequoyah,  B-plus; Foyil, D-plus, and Verdigris B-plus.  Six Rogers County schools received an A-minus or higher, three  of them in the Claremore school district, including Stuart Roosa Elementary, Westside Elementary and Claremore High School. Other A schools in the county included Oologah-Talala High School, Sequoyah High School and Verdigris Middle School. Claremont Elementary received a C, Catalayah Elementary received a  B-minus and Will Rogers Junior High received a B. 

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