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January 1, 2013

2012: The year that was

A last look back at the year gone by


CLAREMORE — Garth’s Day(s) in Court

Claremore resident and Country and western singer Garth Brooks took a Yukon, Okla. hospital to court early in 2012, citing the hospital — Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital — failed to honor an agreement to name a building after Brooks’ late mother, Colleen, in exchange for Brooks donation of $500,000.

Brooks initially filed the breach of promise lawsuit in 2005, and it went to trial in Rogers County in February, with nearly a week of testimony from hospital officials, business associates of Brooks and Integris, as well as Brooks himself.

Ultimately, Judge Dynda Post ruled in favor of Brooks, ordering the return of his $500,000 (donation) plus an additional $500,000 in punitive damages.

Suspected dog dragging death

In September, Rogers County Sheriff’s deputies found the remains of a two-year old Labrador retriever along a rural road near Winganon (northwest of Chelsea), suspecting the animal had been “dragged to death” as indicated by the animal’s legs being tied together and a disquieting trail of fur, according to Sheriff (Scott) Walton.

Donations made it possible for Wild Heart Ranch in Rogers County to offer a $4,500 reward for information leading to the identity of the person or persons responsible — a sum which was later more than doubled with a $5,000 donation from former University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer.

A suspect was soon identified in the form of Chelsea man Gary Gwen Hart, 52, who claimed that he had found the dog (already) dead and was removing it.

After a three month investigation, Rogers County District Attorney Janice Steidley filed a single misdemeanor criminal charge of improperly disposing a carcass against Hart.


Claremore residents prayed for rain throughout much of 2012, as Mother Nature withheld precipitation throughout much of the year, prolonging near drought-like conditions across the state.

In July, the City of Claremore reportedly was losing “about half and inch (of water) a day” at Claremore Lake due to lack of rain and evaporation, and requested residents voluntarily conserve water.

By mid-year, Claremore Lake was at a negative 36 inches (water level), and residents began experiencing water pressure problems related to the summer heat and low water levels.


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  • City open records dispute continues

    The city of Claremore will pay $41,324.25 in attorney fees to the Vinita law firm who challenged their compliance with the Oklahoma Open Records Act.


    July 29, 2014

  • Claremore sisters featured on talk show

    During their recent trip to Los Angeles, Claremore sisters Lindsey and Whitney Martin made the most of their time in the city of angels, spending time with family, visiting several beaches, restaurants and Hollywood attractions.

    July 29, 2014 1 Link

  • Elementary students learn to bid at Zebra Stripes auction

    Claremore elementary students in the Zebra Stripes summer care program participated in a student-friendly auction Friday at Roosa Elementary. The auction was presented by Daneen Shepherd, realtor/broker and auctioneer of Tulsa, who taught the children how to bid on items efficiently and effectively.

    July 29, 2014 1 Link

  • Treasurer issues tax warrants

    For the first time, tax warrants are being issued in Rogers County to collect unpaid personal property taxes.
    This week, some local business owners should expect to be served by the Rogers County Sheriff’s office.
    Personal tax warrants have been issued to three local companies, who owe a total of approximately $38,000 in past due taxes.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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