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As 2021 comes to an end, here’s a look back at the most read stories at claremoreprogress.com by month. Stories that were most popular included new businesses coming to town, construction projects awarded and local events. Stories can be read in their entirety by clicking on the story links.

January:

“$44 million project in Claremore awarded.” This story discussed the $44 million State Highway 20 project through Claremore being awarded to Emery Sapp and Sons Incorporated during the December 2020 Oklahoma Transportation Commission meeting.

February:

“Council extends mask mandate until June.” City councilors extended the mask mandate to June 30.

The story “FUMC offers shelter” was a close second. In response to the devastating winter storm in February, First United Methodist Church opened a warming center where anyone in need was welcome.

March:

“Cruise nights starts back up.” Claremore Cruise Night kicked off its second season as vehicles throughout the ages filled the parking lot of Ne-Mar Center every Friday night for Cruise Night.

April:

“Construction begins on Keetonville Hill.” Construction on the $44 million project of realigning Highway 20 over Keetonville Hill begun.

May:

“ALDI scheduled to open.” The grand opening for ALDI’s was June 17. The initial discussion to bring ALDI to Claremore began in 2015, but due to transitions, it sat dormant. Crossland Construction Company began construction on the new grocery store in January.

June:

“Claremore teen named Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen.” Myranda Kistler, 15, of Claremore secured the title of Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen.

July:

“Claremore Walmart temporarily closed.” The Claremore Walmart Supercenter, located at 1500 S Lynn Riggs Blvd, was closed to undergo cleaning as a response to a rise in local COVID-19 cases.

August:

“Claremore restaurant owner charged in RICO Indictment.” El Charro owner Jose Luis Bravo was one of 19 defendants charged in a federal racketeering conspiracy to hire undocumented workers.

September:

“Dutch Bros comes to Claremore.” Dutch Bros Coffee, a leader in the drive-thru coffee category, is filling the space where the Golden Corral once stood.

October:

“5 THINGS TO KNOW: Flags will be flying at half mast in honor of General Colin Powell.” Flags across the United States flew at half-mast in honor of General Collin Powell. Powell rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four Presidents.

November:

“One fatality in house fire: Official cause of fire is undetermined.” An early morning house fire took the life of one Claremore man.

December:

“Sequoyah’s Rudd signs with South Dakota State.” Sequoyah senior Dawson Rudd signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at South Dakota State University, a consistent program in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) ranks.

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