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Early Claremore, Oklahoma, photographer Jonas states in the Claremore Messenger, November 30, 1906, the “Best Way to Advertise Claremore is to Show it Pictured. I got orders from Picture Postal Card makers to take pictures of the Public School, school children and perhaps the Academy; Boilin…

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Shortly after the flood waters receded, God spoke to Noah relative to the sanctity of life.

I am a long time Rogers County resident and proud to call Claremore home. Over the years, I have had the honor and privilege to watch our community grow, develop and flourish. However, with all the exciting change comes a fair share of growing pains. For example, it is hard to miss the roadw…

The United States is unique in its commitment to freedom of expression, embodied in the First Amendment and a significant body of constitutional precedents. In America, the right to ‘speaks one’s mind’ is legally sacrosanct.

"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11

Despite the challenging economic climate, our community is experiencing growth. Over the past year, we have welcomed national retailers, announced new residential development, and witnessed exciting expansion in our industrial sector.

After the hectic holiday months, January is the perfect time to relax, renew and refocus priorities for the New Year. It's the season of resolutions, and one of the most popular in recent years (other than losing those holiday pounds!) is the trend toward minimalism, and finding ways to simp…

Looking down the road and planning the year was an annual tradition in my family. Every year on New Year's, we would look back at goals we made when we were young kids and the “big wants” we had – like getting a puppy or a new brother.

Baby feeding has an interesting history. There used to be one choice... breastfeeding. Breastfeeding might have been done by the mother or by a wet nurse. But, in the 1800s, people started experimenting with “dry nursing”, or using milk from cows, goats or donkeys. To support this new way to…

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2

Happy Holidays, Claremore! From the charm of our downtown, to our southern hospitality, something magical happens across our community during this time of year.

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“Radium Water” bath houses welled-up in Claremore, Indian Territory, after a geyser of this medicinal liquid erupted from an underground reservoir following a gas drilling incident in 1903. Publicizing the water’s healing powers, business entrepreneurs aggressively promoted the elixir while …

Despite the challenging economic climate, 2021 was a year of growth for our community. We welcomed national retailers, announced new residential developments and witnessed exciting expansion in our industrial sector. We are confident that these announcements will serve as a catalyst for futu…

The scandal that forced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from office knocked his brother Chris Cuomo from his perch at CNN, where he drew a $6 million salary for holding down the most-watched prime time hour for the cable news network. Adding insult to injury, Cuomo felt compelled to suspend h…

Last weekend I hosted my college roommate and her sweet family. Her kids are about the same age as ours, and we finally connected to have them come up for a quick trip to the Oklahoma farm. I knew that we had mice in our garage. But I hadn’t seen any in the house until the week before they w…

On Monday, the Claremore City Council formally adopted an innovative new Uniform Development Code (UDC) to streamline the city’s planning efforts, simplify regulations for residents and businesses and position Claremore for future growth.

“When anxiety was great within me, you consolation brought joy to my soul.” –Psalm 94:19, NIV “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord because he has dealt bountifully with me.” – Psalm 13:5-6

Catty-corner from the Lincoln County Courthouse is a downtown building with a maroon awning over the solid wood door.

Celebrate the holiday season with the Will Rogers Library! Library halls – or at least the shelves! – are decked with good tidings of seasonal cheer, and filled to the brim with the free gifts of relaxation and inspiration to help make your holidays a delight. Displays feature highlights of …

Inasmuch as the Roman Empire at its beginning in 146 BC had legs of iron, the future and final world kingdom has feet and toes of iron.

When meeting someone new we often ask, “What do you do?”, in reference to their occupation or industry. Nine times out of ten when responding “economic development”, our team receives a fairly puzzled look.

It’s almost a cliche to say many Americans take freedom for granted, but any poll on the street asking people to name the five freedoms in the First Amendment always yields dismal results.

My family had a very low-key Thanksgiving this year. My kids and husband sat down to the Thanksgiving feast, and after our prayer, my husband asked the kids what they were thankful for this year. The older kids gave typical answers (Jesus, family, friends, warm house, etc.). He turned to our…

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil . . . . In all circumstances take up . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all p…

Once upon a time, a young German man had an American-pie-in-the-sky dream. He envisioned building a successful bakery business in Claremore, Indian Territory. According to the 1920 US Census, German-born, William “Theason” immigrated to the United States in 1889. Theeson, his wife Mary, and …

“Put on the whole armor of God . . . . For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the . . . spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places . . . . In all circumstances . . . take the helmet of salvation . . . .” – Ephesians 6:11-12, 16-17

In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential elections, and Donald Trump’s repeated, unsupported claims of ‘massive voter fraud,’ Florida joined thirteen other Republican-controlled states in passing in May a ‘voter integrity law.’ Included in the law were restrictions on ballot drop boxes, ban…

Christmas shopping recommendations are coming in sooner and sooner, and I suppose with supply chains backed up, there is some benefit to thinking about Christmas early. This article is inspired by those Christmas shopping recommendations but is a little bit different.

The growth and expansion of existing business is the cornerstone of every local economy. While you often see fanfare surrounding new company announcements, supporting and maintaining existing companies and their investment in the community is even more critical. Thus, a successful regional g…

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm . . . . In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. . . .” – Ephesians 6:13, 16

Nothing beats the fresh taste of fruits and vegetables picked right out of the garden. However, as cooler weather moves into the state, gardeners may think that fresh taste of homegrown produce is gone until next summer.

It can be confusing to understand the meaning of the organization acronyms we hear every day. We are not really sure who they are and what they really do. That includes CASA. Just what do those letters stand for? What do they do? What services do they provide? Are they necessary, and if they…

On a ghostly All Hallows' Eve, Claremore's creepy C.C. Long's Historical Museum would have been the perfect place to spend a skin-crawling sleepless Halloween night. According to an entrance ticket held by Randy Leach, the museum was strategically located just off Route 66, at 1002 West Will…

One of the most common questions our economic development team is asked is how we recruit businesses and retail locations to Claremore, or “Why doesn’t Claremore have a (insert your favorite store or restaurant)?”. Attraction is undoubtedly one of the more “eye-catching” elements of economic…

Last Friday afternoon, I took my kids on a lovely little nature walk at the Rogers Conservation Education Reserve. Apologies to anyone else who might have been on the trail that day if we were a little loud. We tramped up and down and around and explored the different trails. It had been a f…

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm . . . . having fastened on . . . shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” – Ephesians 6:13-15

When we are infants, developing in the womb, our heart starts out as a tube that folds into what will eventually become our chest. By the 28th day of development, it has folded into two pouches, and by the 40th day the valves between chambers are starting to form. If you ever get a chance to…

God sent Gabriel to tell Daniel the significance of the seventieth week and the ‘little horn’ that would arise from the final ten nation confederacy. However, after the Messiah is crucified there would be a gap of unknown length.

Living in Claremore, you probably frequently drive up and down Highway 66. However, many of us rarely stop to consider what businesses surround the Mother Road or the jobs within those facilities.

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Veterans Day is a time to remember, honor, and celebrate the men and women who have served in our military. It’s a day where we should tell their stories, remember their sacrifice, and celebrate their unwavering commitment to our country.