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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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  • No evidence or human remains found

    Rogers County Sheriff’s deputies and assisting agencies vacated a Tiawah property Friday, after no evidence or human remains were found in connection to the disappearance of a local resident that went missing in 1996.

    July 27, 2014

  • RCLC launches letter campaign

    The Rogers County Literacy Council, RCLC, is launching their annual letter writing campaign.
     A United Way Organization, the council is asking for community support to help promote literacy in the English language.

    July 27, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Inequality crisis shot with factual problems, hypocrisy

    President Obama, various media and political liberals say inequality, of all things, is the defining issue of our times. Yet this message is delivered by multimillionaires and a president who jets from tee time to stump speech on the taxpayer's dime.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

    Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

    July 25, 2014

  • Local churches impact poverty

    Claremore First Christian Church, First United Methodist and the Pastoral Alliance are combining efforts to host a 16-week program, “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World,” based off of the national program — “bridges out of poverty.”

    July 25, 2014

  • Grand Jury recesses until August

    The multicounty grand jury charged with investigating accusations of misconduct by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until August 19-21, saying it needed to hear from more witnesses before returning a finding in the matter.

    July 25, 2014

  • Former Sheriff’s deputy arrested

    The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office arrested ex-deputy Brian Kindle Wednesday after receiving multiple reports concerning his safety.

    July 25, 2014

  • Chelsea man receives 54-year sentence for child abuse

    A Chelsea man was sentenced to 54 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to the charges of child abuse by injury and child sexual abuse.

    July 25, 2014

  • Rogers County Clerk sues The Daily Progress

    Rogers County Clerk Robin Anderson has filed a lawsuit against The Daily Progress and the newspaper’s government reporter Salesha Wilken.

    July 24, 2014

  • Band.jpg Local band loses everything on tour

    A Claremore band, The Last Slice, had $30,000 worth of equipment, instruments, merchandise and clothes stolen while on the East Coast Ska Revival tour in Miami, Fla.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo