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June 12, 2014

County plans for county flag

CLAREMORE —

The Rogers County Arts Committee is designing a flag to serve as the symbol for the county.
Several preliminary designs were presented Monday at the weekly county commissioners meeting.
Once selected, the flag will fly in the courthouse plaza next to the Oklahoma Flag and U.S. Flag, according to Rogers County Planning Director Larry Curtis.
Curtis and Assistant District Attorney Tim Wantland have been working with other committee members on the project.
Curtis said most municipalities,  within the state, use their seal on a white background as their flag. 
Several background colors are being considered — including blue, white, red and green. Variations and designs — including a blue cross and sun pattern — are among the choices.
Blue is a prominent color in the seal and another option, the committee is considering, according to Curtis. 
He is concerned a blue flag would look too similar to the state flag.
Curtis presented several options during the meeting while requesting feedback from the commissioners on each example.
Wantland also spoke at the meeting and was introduced by Curtis as  “our local vexillologist.”
Vexillology is the study of the history, symbolism and usage of flags.
“We would not be the first county to have a county flag,” Wantland said. 
There are approximately five other counties that have a flag — including Tulsa and Washington, according to Wantland.
Wantland briefly detailed the historical significance of some of the submitted designs.
County flags are not unusual.
“I think it would be a wonderful thing to have one,” Wantland said. 
Anyone who would like to submit feedback about the flag designs can contact Larry Curtis at planning@rogerscounty.org.

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