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Support Claremore’s first responders by donating blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute at the Boots & Badges Blood Drive on Thursday, August 5th and Friday, August 6th. Donations will save local lives, such as those that firefighters and law enforcement officers rescue every day.

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PACIFIC OCEAN – Quartermaster 3rd Class Ethan Brackett from Collinsville, assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26), observes the Voyage Management System console. John P. Murtha is underway conducting routine operations as part of U.S. 3rd Fleet.

A new scholarship fund is being formed in memory of beloved friend, neighbor and colleague, Dr. Vickie Post, for future educators to pursue their passions of molding young hearts and minds in the classroom.

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood and platelet amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now.

The Sequoyah Quarterback Club is hosting it’s 3rd Annual Fish Fry and Silent Auction on Saturday, August 7th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Olan Graham Gym on the Sequoyah Schools campus. This all you can eat Fish Fry tickets will be available for adults and children over 5 years of age for $10 per ticket. Children 5 years of age and under are free.

Chosen based on the program’s effectiveness and outstanding impact on teacher education, Sam Houston State University’s 4+1 TEACH program in the College of Education has been selected to receive the 2021 Excellence and Innovation Award for the Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education program, which is a nationally recognized award given by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

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The War Memorial Authority recently learned it has received $869,000 in funding through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, which was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act.

The signs and banners are dotted along commercial strips and hanging in shop windows and restaurants, evidence of a new desperation among Huntsville’s service-industry employers: “Now Hiring, $15 an hour.”

Meggie Forman-Knight, Executive Director at the Claremore Industrial & Economic Development Authority, talks about CIEDA's upcoming Reboot Rebuild event.

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Local business owners say road construction on State Highway 20 created a negative impact within the first week of construction.

AUSTIN — Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday sent a letter to Major General Tracy R. Norris, Adjutant General of the Texas National Guard, ordering guardsmen to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety with arresting individuals for state charges related to the border crisis.

TAHLEQUAH —Four newcomers were elected to the Council of the Cherokee Nation during a run-off election Saturday, according to unofficial totals from the Cherokee Nation Election Commission. They’ll join four Council incumbents who were re-elected and a fifth newcomer who was elected during the June Cherokee Nation General Election.

The Rogers State University Office of Communications and Marketing earned four awards during the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association’s annual awards competition held earlier this month.

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Phase One of the $3.7 million Talbert-Sioux Waterline Replacement project has begun outside the Roosa Elementary School and is expected to be completed in 2 – 3 months.

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HUNTSVILLE — An aging wood bridge in northeast Walker County will be replaced, members of the Walker County Commissioners Court said Monday.

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Residents of the northern Plains have been no stranger to intense heat so far this summer, but in parts of the southern Plains, the high heat that the region usually sees over the summer has been delayed. However, forecasters say that's changing this week.

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The proposed high speed rail line from Dallas to Houston with a stop in between Huntsville and College Station made headlines last week as planners selected an operator — but people should not be planning their trips any time soon.

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Walker County schools are set to return on August 12, with the goal of creating an excitingly normal school year experience for students and staff, despite growing concerns over the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant. 

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Mike Tedesco, president and CEO of Vision Together 2025, said there is a creative element in the way American Rescue Plan money can be spent that does not usually exist in federal funding programs.

Rogers State University president, Dr. Larry Rice shared the stage with area higher education leaders during the Tulsa Chamber State of Education luncheon on Thursday. The event featured educational partnerships in Tulsa including a keynote address from the newly appointed executive director of the Tulsa Higher Education Consortium, Dr. Laura Latta and an update from outgoing OSU Tulsa president Dr. Pamela Fry. The event was hosted and moderated by Rue Ramsey, Tulsa Regional Chamber Vice President of Workforce and Talent Strategies.

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HUNTSVILLE — It’s official — Huntsville Mayor Andy Brauninger is going after the city’s top spot again.

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The Claremore Industrial and Economic Development (CIEDA) recently elected three members to serve as the organization's executive committee. The executive committee plays a crucial role in leading CIEDA as it facilitates the recruitment and retention of primary industry jobs, the expansion of the sales tax base, and the development of the next generation of workforce in Rogers County.

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Traffic is being diverted on State Highway 20 after construction crews hit a gas line north of SH-20 between Lavira Ave and Oak Street on Friday morning, said a Claremore Police official.

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He's got the hair. He's got the dance moves. He's even got the pinky finger positioned just right. His attention to detail has made Travis Powell one of the best Elvis Presley impersonators in the world, and he'll be performing inside Huntsville's Old Town Theater on August 7.