Rose State College officials plan to develop residential housing on the college’s campus. The measure was approved by Rose’s board of regents and is now moving into planning and evaluating stages. The college, at 6420 SE 15th St., has set a target date of August 2015 to offer student housing. It will be the first housing at Rose.

“The desire for housing has been a consistent theme among many of our students, including our athletes and leadership program students,” says Rose President Jeanie Webb. “We know that providing a housing option can add a new dimension to our students’ college experience, and we are thrilled that our board has been so supportive.”

Other additions planned at Rose in the next two years include extensions to the library, a modern IT infrastructure and upgrades to the wellness center and the aquatic center.

Midwest City voters will head to the polls on March 4 to decide primary races for three Midwest City Council wards. Mayor Jack Fry is running unopposed for his second term. In 2010, Fry defeated incumbent Russell Smith.

Candidates  for Ward 1 include Thurston Dandridge and Daniel McClure. In Ward 3, incumbent Rick Dawkins faces Espaniola Bowen and Cedrick Ford. In Ward  5, incumbent Wendell Boucher will face Daniel N. Stanklewicz.

Ward 1 Councilman Jerry Maynard is term-limited and cannot seek reelection.

If no candidate wins a majority in any of the wards, a general election is scheduled for April 1.




Love’s Travel Stop corporate headquarters. (Mark Hancock)

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Love’s Travel Stops Founder and Executive Chairman Tom Love says the company will undergo a record number of store openings in 2014.

In recent years, Love’s has added about 20 stores per year. This year, the company plans to add 30 new stores. It will also reach its 40th state with a store opening in Maryland this fall.

Additional plans call for some existing stores to be remodeled and expanded, while others will be torn down and rebuilt. The company plans to continue to expand its Truck Tire Care centers and add more compressed natural gas fueling stations around the country.

“I’m humbled every day by our success,” Love says. “Our unwavering commitment to our customers has been a significant force that’s driven us full-speed into the second 50 years of Love’s. We’ve never shifted focus. We’re growing so that we can meet the growing needs of our customers.”



Weather Decision Technologies Inc., a Norman-based technology company that specializes in hazardous weather detection tools, had one of its products, radar display app RadarScope, featured in a television ad for Apple Inc.’s iPad Air device.

The commercial shows people using the device and apps for various things from creating art work to tracking severe weather.



HL Investments LLC purchased the Frates Building at 5005 N. Lincoln Blvd. For $3 million. The seller of the 37,000-square-foot office building was Bricktown Properites LLC. It is less than two miles from the state Capitol building.

Tim Strange, president of Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort, represented the buyer, and Craig Tucker, senior vice president of Price Edwards & Co. represented the seller.

“Thebuilding is in excellent condition since it housed the operations of the longtime occupant C.L. Frates and Company,” Strange says.



Two Oklahoma City energy companies made Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2014. Chesapeake Energy was ranked No. 51, and Devon Energy was ranked No. 56. Last year, Chesapeake was ranked No. 26 and Devon was ranked No. 27. It is the seventh consecutive year both companies made the list.

The only other Oklahoma company that made the list was Tulsa’s QuikTrip, which came in at No. 48.



Four candidates will face off for mayor of Oklahoma City in a March 4 primary election. The candidates are incumbent Mayor Mick Cornett, Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid, Joe “Sarge” Nelson and Phil Hughes. If no one gets a majority, the general election is April 1. (Editors note: Cornett won reelection on March 4.)

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