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…

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“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.

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In 1963, a forward-thinking group of Cherokees and allies formed the Cherokee National Historical Society. Their vision was to create a space to protect the cultural assets and history of the Cherokee Nation. They began by opening a living Cherokee history site known as the Ancient Village i…

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We talk a lot about funding – funding for education, health care, transportation and other needs. Proper funding is critical to making Claremore a great place to live, work and relax. Funding allocation for a state is based off the U.S. Census, which has been mandated by the U.S. Constitutio…

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Between a global pandemic, economic crisis and multiple natural disasters, there are few aspects of 2020 that any of us could have predicted, and many Oklahomans feel uncertain about the future. One thing we can do to build a stable and prosperous Oklahoma is for all Oklahomans to complete t…

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Cherokee Nation is committed to ensuring that all voting age Cherokees are registered to vote. Recently, we celebrated Cherokee Nation Voter Registration Day because we know how important it is for our citizens to have a voice in our democracy.

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Nearly six months after the start of the 2020 Census, Oklahoma is still ranked in the bottom 10 in the nation for census response rate. We’ve talked about the census numerous times before and there’s always been plenty of time to complete the questionnaire to ensure you and your household ar…

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Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed or even paused some projects, our Cherokee Nation Film Office and award-winning “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People“ have continued making big strides. Our growing presence in the film industry makes sure that Cherokees are able to tell our auth…

Debates are an important part of the political process, wherein candidates stand and face the public to explain their views on policies and issues. While not always a regular occurrence, they have been expected for the past half century.

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America is supposed to be the beaming light of the world and, in many cases, we are, but during election time, we take a step back. The name-calling, the lying, and racism hit a peak in America during election time, and any time one minority group speaks up about equality.

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At a virtual symposium last week at Oklahoma State University, experts talked about treatment methods that could benefit Native Americans suffering from opioid use disorder. The information is important and timely, as the COVID-19 pandemic has only heightened the nation's opioid problems.

Right now the internet is incredibly angry at Netflix. People are canceling their memberships left and right over a French film recently released on the platform. The protest of this particular film has sparked some interesting and much needed conversations about sexual exploitation of children.

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As the saying goes, the world keeps moving and things keep changing. That’s true here in Claremore, where we have a change in the City Council. Councilor Susan Kirtley, who has served Ward 1 since 2013, is moving outside Ward 1 and has resigned her position as councilwoman effective Sept. 15.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today responded to news that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has approved Oklahoma’s certification requirements for REAL ID Act of 2005 to issue state driver’s licenses and ID cards are compliant. DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf ha…

COVID-19 has changed many things about our everyday life and caused big events to be pushed to a later date. Concerts were cancelled, major league sports delayed their seasons, and even the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo were rescheduled for 2021. But one thing that hasn’t changed or been pos…