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This past month, Oklahoma lost a very special woman. Donna McSpadden was known to many in her hometown of Chelsea and nearby in Claremore as Clem McSpadden’s spouse. She was that and so much more. We became acquainted even before I was born. My late mother, Janna Boren, was pregnant while my…

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Rep. Mark Lepak's recent op-ed (“Back to School with COVID, Risk and Consequence,” in the Sept. 1 edition) was disrespectful to all public school teachers. He obviously has no understanding of what we are going through to make this year happen safely for our students.

Recent news and statements from our president have made me feel concerned about whether the United States Post Office can get my mail-in ballot to be counted for the Presidential election November 3.

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On Monday I found a notice on the Claremore Meals on Wheels door that two members of our volunteer team were nominated for a Channel 6 award. Although this is much appreciated and heart warming (and it very much is), Claremore Meals on Wheels continues to service our city because of the dedi…

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As I read Markwayne Mullin’s article in today’s, 6/12, Claremore Progress regarding HIS understanding of the “Pledge of Allegiance” I agreed with much of what he wrote but was upset by what he left out. Was he being intentional by neglecting the key phrase, “...and justice for all”? Does he …

Our world has been forever turned upside down. When we get upright again, nothing will ever be the same. “Social Distancing” is a word phrase that is trending. Who would have ever thought? The year started out with so much fun and celebration, rocking the 20’s all over again. Parties and cel…

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In a time of crisis communities look to their leaders to make informed and swift decisions. Within the span of a few weeks COVID-19 has shown failures in leadership at the international, national, state, and community levels. While leaders such as G.T. Bynum have shined due to their decisive…

Now that the holidays are over and we've killed another large evergreen tree for decorative purposes, why doesn't the city either plant a tree so we can watch it grow or purchase a large artificial one like NeMar uses?  We are a "tree city" and I think that planting a tree instead of cutting…

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If you asked city leaders across the nation what is one amenity they would love to have in their city as a catalyst for growth, high on their checklist would be the presence of a four-year university. They recognize that a university spurs economic growth and improves the quality of life for…

One thing is certain in economic development and that is without a solid foundation to build upon; a community cannot be successful. Fortunately, the citizens of Claremore made a very wise decision over 40 years ago to invest in one of the key components of laying that foundation. Public Saf…

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On Tuesday, February 11, there is an important vote that will renew the critical one cent (1%) City sales tax for the building, maintenance, repair of capital improvements, operation and maintenance of the police and fire departments, and the building, repair, operation and maintenance of ci…

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Thanks to all those who made the new Dog Park a reality in Claremore. It’s well designed, well built, well maintained & well used. My dogs & I are happy to use it often.

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Maybe someone at City Hall can help explain their latest logic on rate increases. Last week the Claremore Progress reported an increase in electric rates in 2020. Claremore gets it’s power from GRDA then resells to us. But today in the Tulsa World it was reported that GRDA will not have any …

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State Legislators have a lot on their plate going into the 2020 Legislative Session next Spring. Oklahoma has the highest rate of incarcerated adults per capita in the nation, our education and healthcare funding ranks near the bottom of the country, and our infrastructure continues to crumb…

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When the Day of Love was announced one day at the Senior Center, I signed up immediately. My request was simply to clear the alley behind my house. I expected perhaps two or three volunteers. What actually happened was difficult for me to understand. Early on Saturday the 13th a virtual army…

I have made a yearly observation that at the close of the school year, students moving out of their dorms are given basically one choice : to place their unwanted, unneeded items in the dumpsters behind the dorms. As a result, after graduation, everything can be found in the large containers…

You can't fully appreciate how Oklahoma emergency personnel and residents respond to disaster until you face one. We want to thank all those who helped us survive the Wed., May 20 lightning strike and inferno that leveled our home and left us homeless with nothing but the clothes on our back…

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Saturday, April 6, was a busy day for Claremore residents. There were a lot of events to take in plus we had a beautiful day for working outside or going to the lake. Even with this to compete with, the residents of Claremore did a great job of supporting the Meals on Wheels annual food drive.

Have you ever wondered about the people who give you your ballots on Election Day? Have you ever wondered how old they actually are? Most likely it’s been the same people sitting behind that table since you were a youngster and you trailed behind your parents when they went to vote. They gre…

In 2007, Claremore citizens passed an educational bond that would impact me in ways I wouldn’t know or understand until this year. 600 miles away in a small Texas town was a first grade girl who had no idea how different her life was about to get. In 2011, my family moved to Claremore, and I…

As a Claremore senior currently finishing my last semester of high school I am reflective of my secondary schooling. I feel I have been blessed beyond measure by the Claremore Public School System. In my high school career, I have been a member of the jazz band, concert band, marching band, …

Claremore school district voters are facing a March 5 bond issue vote which brings to mind more than one historic story. Claremore voters know there was a time when Claremore was dotted with prefab buildings. Thanks to foresighted school officials and a committee of concerned citizens, a mas…

On March 5, voters will have the opportunity to make a dramatic impact for students attending Claremore Public Schools.  After months of input and deliberation, the decision to dramatically enhance educational opportunities for Claremore Public School students finally comes to a vote.

On March 5, voters will have the opportunity to make a dramatic impact for students attending Claremore Public Schools.  After months of input and deliberation, the decision to dramatically enhance educational opportunities for Claremore Public School students finally comes to a vote.

On Feb. 12 citizens will go to the polls to vote for the same penny they have been approving every 5 years since 1988 for Rogers County roads & Bridges. If passed this would authorize the same 1 percent tax rate to continue in perpetuity and restricted for the sole use on transportation …

As January is designated School Board Recognition Month by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, we would like to take the opportunity to express our appreciation to Brian Green, Gene Haynes, Ken Inman, Jeff “Bo” Radley and Pam Shearer for their service to Sequoyah Public Schools.

We wish to give a "thumbs up" to the City for cleaning out the trees and brush from below our Claremore Lake Dam. This area has long been neglected. We can remember how pretty the area below the dam can be, with the big rocks and cascading waters when the lake is full to overflowing. This pr…

While I support President Trump and his agenda, attacks from Republicans aimed at the Mueller investigation are entirely counterproductive to the best interests of our country. A comprehensive end to Mueller’s examination of Russian interference in our elections will allow the nation to heal…

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As you can imagine, over the last 624 days, I have heard so many stories of Benny's time on deployment. I have heard some hilarious stories about he and his unit, humanitarian stories about their interactions with the locals (especially the kids) and yes, horror stories that my mind will nev…

Four years ago, the Rogers County Courthouse was in a state of chaos. In particular there was great unhappiness at the County Commissioner level. It was a difficult time for Rogers County. But elections change everything. It is what our great country is based on. Citizens can change unhealth…

Medical Marijuana. It is the polarizing issue of SQ 788. Many claim allowing medical marijuana into our state could be a boost to the state budget, provide new industry, and provide other benefits, but I have yet to hear a medical provider, Doctor, Nurse, etc. encourage the passing of SQ 788…

I extend my thanks and appreciation to all who played a role in last weekend’s successful Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni reunion, which featured The Wall That Heals memorial on the Rogers State University campus on June 6-10. Organizers estimated that about 8,000 visitors came to our campu…

Renewal of the 1 cent sales tax for Rogers County on the June 26th Primary election ballot is not just a good idea, it is absolutely essential to sustaining the county’s continued rapid growth and economic development. Understand that it is not a tax increase. It is keeping the same penny th…

I would like to publicly thank all of the teachers in Claremore who give their best every day to their students and the future of our country. I cannot express how important education is to all of our futures.

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