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Gilkey Trial Continues With Testimony Phase

Sep 17, 2014

The trial of former Pawhuska head football coach Scotty Ray Gilkey continued Wednesday in the Osage County District Court. Associate District Judge B. David Gambill presided over the testimony phase of the trial where jurors are hearing from colleagues, fellow educators and school administrat ... read more »

Alleged Kidnapper Appears In Court

Sep 17, 2014

A probable cause hearing took place Wednesday afternoon for a Ramona man who allegedly kidnapped two men.  39-year old Christopher Ross McClain was picked up on kidnapping, firearm, and drug charges.  Ramona Police were contacted about a possible kidnapping at a home.  Bartlesville ... read more »

United Way Kickoff with Collin Raye

Sep 17, 2014

Country singer, Collin Raye not only entertained an appreciative audience Tuesday night at the Bartlesville Community Center but helped get those in attendance excited about meeting the United Way's fund-raising goal.  Prior to the concert, Chief Executive Officer for the Bartlesville Re ... read more »

Bartlesville Man Arrested For Attacking Ex-Girlfriend

Sep 16, 2014

A Bartlesville man is in custody for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend.  26-year old William Jefferson Hulbert is charged with domestic abuse assault and battery.  Bartlesville police were called to investigate the case at a home in the 200 block of North Rogers.  According to ... read more »

Dewey Has Another Good Sales Tax Return

Sep 16, 2014

The Dewey City Council heard good news again about sales tax from their City Manager Monday night. Kevin Trease informed the council that sales tax returns were more than 81 thousand dollars, translating into a 14.6% increase compared to the same month last year and a 12.59% increase year to date ... read more »

Jury Selection Begins In Trial Of Former PHS Football Coach

Sep 16, 2014

Jury selection has officially begun in the trial of former Pawhuska high school football coach Scotty Ray Gilkey. The trial is expected to last two to three days where Gilkey is charged with embezzling and misappropriating public school funds from back in 2012. Gilkey served as the head f ... read more »

Pawhuska City Council Sets Date for Mayor's Christmas Luncheon

Sep 16, 2014

The Pawhuska City Council met Monday evening where they approved a lake lot transfer and set the date for the Mayor’s Christmas luncheon that is to be held on December 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The council started off their meeting by approving the payment of purchase orders, and th ... read more »

Cherokee Nation Official Denies Abduction took Place

Sep 15, 2014

A Cherokee Nation official claims that the two young men who were part of an alledged kidnapping Monday were not abducted from the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa, in spite of what they told Ramona police. The report of an alledged abduction caused Ramona police to call in the Washington County S ... read more »

City Council Views Power Options for Water Plant

Sep 15, 2014

Bartlesville Water Utility Director and Municipal Engineer, Terry Lauritsen gave the city council three options that would each minimize the possibility that the city would ever run into the situation it faced last Tuesday when it lost power the the water treatment plant as a result of the storm ... read more »

School Board Takes No Action on Principal Jobs

Sep 15, 2014

About 25 faculty, staff members, and friends of Madison Middle School assembled for the Bartlesville School Board meeting Monday night.  The board agenda called for action to approve the 2016 school year Secondary Principal Staffing Plan.  The Madison contingent had heard that the distr ... read more »

Nowata County Has New Website

Sep 15, 2014

Nowata County has a new website for people who are interested in living or starting a business in the county.  Monday night, Nowata County Commissioners, along with members with the Nowata County Industrial Authority, and business leaders gathered together at Hillside Christian Church to ann ... read more »

Nowata County Assessor Resigns

Sep 15, 2014

Nowata County Assessor Cary Pearsall has resigned due to health reasons.  Nowata County Commissioners accepted Pearsall's resignation effective September 30th.  Chairman Doug Sonenberg read Pearsall's letter.  In the letter, Pearsall gave a recommendation to the commissione ... read more »

McClain Arrested in Ramona Kidnapping Incident

Sep 15, 2014

A kidnapping situation in Ramona has ended. Ramona police, with the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff's office, Bartlesville police, the Bartlesville SWAT team, the FBI, and the Cherokee Marshalls took a person into custody just before 2:30 Monday afternoon. Ramona Police Chief ... read more »

Owasso Police Arrest Alleged Copper Thief

Sep 15, 2014

Owasso police arrested a man they say was trying to steal a large utility cable from a pole Monday morning.  Police identify the suspect as 52 year-old Robert Crawford Scott of Tulsa. According to a news release, Owasso Police have been working with utility companies to stop a series of ... read more »

Osage Commissioners Receive Emergency and Zoning Updates

Sep 15, 2014

The Osage County Commissioners met this morning for their regularly scheduled business meeting where they heard several updates from emergency management and zoning officials. First on the agenda, though, the commissioners discussed allowing for the donated use of Clarence Brantley Indoor Are ... read more »

Construction to Close Intersection

Sep 13, 2014

The City of Bartlesville will close a portion of an intersection for construction.  According to Project Engineer, Daryl Worley, the west and north sides of the intersection at Harvey Road & Nova Avenue will be closed for construction starting on Monday.  Worley expects the project ... read more »

LobbyGuard Installation Protects Students

Sep 12, 2014

There is a new way to check in and out of Bartlesville Schools. Friday at Madison Middle School the LobbyGuard system became active. The system requires all visitors to scan their driver's license before entering the building. According to Safe Schools Coordinator Kerry Ickleberry, this check ... read more »

100 Mile Sales Boosts Tourism

Sep 12, 2014

From Nowata to Caney and From Coffeyville to Bartlesville, hundreds of vendors lined up along highways and in cities for the 7th annual Kan-Okla 100 mile sale. Vendors come from all over the country, even as far away as Florida. For one, Harold Cleaveland, its his first year and he even though it ... read more »

Dewey Preparing For Western Heritage Event

Sep 12, 2014

Dewey is getting geared up for the upcoming Western Heritage event, scheduled for the last weekend of September.  This is the 10th annual event.  During a recent KWON Community Connection program, Larry Thrash talked about some the activities.  To hear more from Thrash about the We ... read more »

Hulah Lake Meeting Set

Sep 12, 2014

You are invited to a discussion on the future of the park at Hulah Lake Saturday night.  The Osage Nation accepted responsibility for the park when the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would divest itself of several parks in Oklahoma.  The Osage Nation is in the process of reli ... read more »

Steel Frame Goes Up at BHS

Sep 12, 2014

If you have been on the campus of Bartlesville High School recently, you may have noticed some major changes.  Construction work on the High School campus is now in high gear as the steel structure for the roughly 100,000 square foot addition is grows in size. Superintendent, Dr. Gary Qu ... read more »

CONCERN Asks for Your Hunger Vote

Sep 12, 2014

CONCERN is asking for your help in its quest to win a grant.  Starting on Monday, Walmart will kick off its 21-day consumer voting campaign. The corporation will award grant funds to 50 food banks under its nationwide "Fight Hunger, Spark Change" campaign. On Sept. 15 Walmart&# ... read more »

Iced Dunk Tank Challenge Postponed

Sep 12, 2014

The Bartlesville police hand firefighters announced an ICE DUNK Challenge last month that was scheduled for  today. Bartlesville Police Captain Jay Hastings says the challenge has been postponed.  Hastings says a combination of weather conditions and a conflict on the firefighters train ... read more »

OBI To Host Bedlam Blood Drive In Pawhuska

Sep 12, 2014

The city of Pawhuska will be host of a Bedlam blood drive on September 24 at the Elks Lodge. The blood drive is being put on by the Oklahoma Blood Institute, and it is set to take place from noon to 6 p.m. To donate, you must be 16 years of age or older. All blood types are being accepted. ... read more »

Trio Faces Preliminary Hearing

Sep 11, 2014

A November 20th preliminary hearing date has been set for three Bartlesville people that are facing assault charges.  28-year old Cynthia Bristow, 31-year old Dustin Lee Towers, and 29-year old William Kyle Evitt are charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and malicious inj ... read more »

Senator Inhofe is Critical of Presidential Remarks

Sep 11, 2014

Ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Jim Inhofe released a statement in response to President Obama's address to the nation regarding his strategy to defeat ISIS.  Inhofe says President Obama had an important opportunity to present a clear and compelling plan to ... read more »

ConocoPhillips CEO Lance Presents Forum

Sep 11, 2014

ConocoPhillips Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ryan Lance spoke to a packed Chamber of Commerce forum at the Bartlesville Community Center.  Lance opened his presentation by reviewing the company's announced goals after the split more than two years ago that spun off Phillips 66.&nb ... read more »

Governor Fallin Issues Flag Order

Sep 11, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered all United States and Oklahoma flags on state property to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S.      The flags are to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday.     ... read more »

City Extends Tree Limb Site For Another Week

Sep 10, 2014

Bartlesville is recovering from last week's Labor Day storm that caused tree damage and power outages throughout the area.  The City of Bartlesville has announced that they are extending the tree limb drop off site for another week.  During a recent City Matters Program on KWON, Cit ... read more »

OKWU Posts Record Enrollment

Sep 10, 2014

For the sixth year in a row, Oklahoma Wesleyan University has set an enrollment record. With more than 1600 students enrolled this semester at OKWU, President Dr. Everett Piper says everyone on campus is celebrating. Piper goes on to say that he believes the growth is due to great programs at ... read more »

Burks Faces Preliminary Hearing

Sep 10, 2014

An October 2nd preliminary hearing is set for a Bartlesville man who allegedly threaten to kill people with a knife.  47-year old Bobby Allen Burks is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, threaten to perform an act of violence, and malicious injury to property.  Last July, Bartles ... read more »

Unemployment Rates Continues To Drop

Sep 10, 2014

Oklahoma's unemployment continues to see unemployment rates drop.  According to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, unemployment rates were down over the month in 54 of Oklahoma's 77 counties. Nowata County's unemployment remained unchanged for July staying at 6.4 p ... read more »

Pawhuska Public School Foundation To Hold Annual Fundraiser

Sep 10, 2014

On Saturday, September 27 at the Keystone Golf Club in Cleveland, Okla., Pawhuska’s Public School Foundation will be holding its annual fundraiser for Pawhuska students. You can begin registering for the event at 8 a.m.  The Shotgun Start will then take place following registration ... read more »

Pawhuska FUMC To Hold 125th Anniversary Celebration

Sep 10, 2014

On Saturday September 20 and Sunday September 21, Pawhuska’s First United Methodist Church will celebrate their 125th anniversary. Former pastors and church members are being asked to join for an array of activities to take place over those two days.  Kathy Morris is the curren ... read more »

Adair Faces More Charges

Sep 09, 2014

Additional charges have been filed for a Bartlesville man who is accused of stabbing two people to death last week.  35-year old Steven Lee Adair is charged with two counts of first degree murder, kidnapping, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and attempt first degree arson.  Bar ... read more »

Oklahoma City Man Face Eluding Charges

Sep 09, 2014

An Oklahoma City man is free on a $25,000 bond after being arrested for allegedly running away from police officers.  25-year old Gaston Duval Perry is charged with eluding a police officer, possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license, and failure to carry insurance.  An O ... read more »

Oklahoma Utility Gets A Loan

Sep 09, 2014

An Oklahoma electric cooperative has received a $21 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help improve the delivery of electric power in rural areas.  The USDA announced $518 million in investments Tuesday to rural electric cooperatives in 15 states. The investmen ... read more »

Authorities Search for Montgomery County Man

Sep 09, 2014

Law enforcement in the southern half of Montgomery County is using aircraft and is combing the streets in a search for 60 year-old Jerry Lauderback.  Lauderback is believed to be in medical distress.  The man is described as 6 feet tall, weighs about 215 pounds and has dark and gray ... read more »

Bartlesville DAR Chapter Encourages Bell Ringing

Sep 09, 2014

Bartlesville’s National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter is asking all schools, churches, firehouses and the public in surrounding communities to take part in “Bells Across America.” This will be the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constituti ... read more »

Pawhuska City Council Approves Road Realignment

Sep 09, 2014

The Pawhuska City Council met on Monday evening and approved an ordinance that closed to the public a certain roadway in Osage County for realignment purposes. A portion of Grandview Avenue will be closed and will realign at approximately the 900 block of Grandview Avenue through the property ... read more »

Live Principle Program Implemented

Sep 09, 2014

The Bartlesville Public School District, the Bartlesville Regional United Way and the City  of Bartlesville are teaming up to create the Life Principle of the Month program. The monthly program will highlight a Life Principle from Great Expectations, a program which is instituted at scho ... read more »

School Board Award Bus Bids

Sep 08, 2014

The Nowata School Board Monday night awarded bus bid to Ross Transportation for $75,798 to purchase two new 2015 72-passenger school buses.  The bid included a four-week delivery.  Two other bids were turned in to the school board.  The school board voted to reject a modification t ... read more »

Adair Murder Charges Filed

Sep 08, 2014

Murder charges have been filed for a Bartlesville man, who was arrested for allegedly stabbing two people to death.  35-year old Steven Lee Adair is charged with two counts of first degree murder.  Bartlesville police were called of a possible stabbing at a home in the 500 block of NW S ... read more »

Dewey Man Arrested For Choking His Girlfriend

Sep 08, 2014

A Dewey man is in custody after he allegedly choked his girlfriend.  24-year old Starvell Lamont Thompson is charged with domestic assault and battery by strangulation.  Dewey police were called to investigate the incident at a home in the 400 block of East 7th Street.  According t ... read more »

Commissioners Approve Request

Sep 08, 2014

The Nowata County Commissioners Monday morning heard from Nowata Police Chief Michael McElhaney as he requested to put a repeater and antenna at the county courthouse.  McElhaney explained his request.  After the presentation, the commissioners approved the request.  In other actio ... read more »

Osage Commissioners Discuss Media Program Bids

Sep 08, 2014

The Osage County Commissioners met Monday morning for their second regular business meeting of the month. The opened the meeting by discussing and opening bids for the new tourism social media program for the county. They tabled the agenda item until next week. Then, the commissioners app ... read more »

Fatality Accident

Sep 07, 2014

A fatality collision occurred Saturday evening at 6:57 at the intersection of U S 75 and West 4000 Road, about 6.6 miles south of Ramona.  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that a vehicle driven by 76 year old Irene Roberts of Antlers was westbound on 4000 and failed to stop at the junctio ... read more »

Adair Appears In Court

Sep 05, 2014

Washington County Special Judge John Gerkin held a probable cause hearing for 35-year Steven Lee Adair, who was arrested on murder and aggrivated assault and battery charges.  Bartlesville police received a call of a possible stabbing at a home in the 500 block of NW Sooner Drive.  Acco ... read more »

Talent Winners Collect $700 in Total Prizes

Sep 04, 2014

The Washington County Free Fair hosted its fifth-annual talent contest Thursday night at the fairgrounds.  Page Park picked up the 300-dollar first place senior division prize, Josie Zepada won the 100-dollar second-place senior division prize, ande Louis Balli won the 75-dollar third-place ... read more »

Tailgate Party Rocks Downtown Bartlesville

Sep 04, 2014

Hundreds of Bruins fans gathered together Thursday night to celebrate the start of the 2014 football season. The band played, cheerleaders got the crowd pumped up and Bruin Head Football Coach John McKee gave the keynote address. Afterwards Coach McKee said he hopes the high energy carries into t ... read more »

Scarlett Waives Preliminary Hearing

Sep 04, 2014

A Bartlesville man who is facing burglary charges has waived a preliminary hearing and is bind over for formal arraignment.  Joel Aaron Scarlett is charged with second degree burglary, possession of a firearm after a conviction or probation, and driving with a suspended license.  Accord ... read more »

Safety Programs Offered To County Workers

Sep 04, 2014

The Nowata County Commissioners heard a presentation from Abel Stose from the Strategy Center offering safety programs to county workers.  Stose explained to the commissioners about the safety programs.  After hearing the presentation, the commissioners approved to hold the safety sessi ... read more »

100th-Annual Free Fair Opens

Sep 04, 2014

The 100th-annual Washington County Free Fair is in full swing now through Saturday afternoon.  Gran Marshalls for the fair are Francis Gardner and Gary Deckard.  Gardner is a long-time Fair Superintendent.  She started going to county fairs at the age of 9 when she lived in Osage C ... read more »

Three Stabbed, Two Dead in Oak Park Incident

Sep 04, 2014

Bartlesville police have arrested 35 year-old Steven Lee Adair of Bartlesville as a result of their investigation into a double homicide late Wednesday night.  According to Police Captain Jay Hastings, Adair will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder and a single count of aggriva ... read more »

Adams Calls for Volunteers

Sep 03, 2014

The single most successful United Way fund raising event is in jeopardy because of the Labor Day storm. The annual golf tournament held at Adams Golf Course is set for next Thursday and golf pro at Adams, John Bizik says that full cleanup may take a few weeks and work will continue into the winte ... read more »