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Teaching Requirments Change for Osage Schools

Jul 31, 2015

Osage Nation's Wah-Zha-Zhi Early Learning Academies will, for the first time, require an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education to teach. “Our goal is to have a certified early childhood teacher in every classroom – there will only be so many ... read more »

Hazard Mitigation Plan is Becoming a Reality

Jul 31, 2015

The process of creating a Hazard Mitigation Plan is time-consuming.  Officials, staff and employees from Washington County, the city of Bartlesville, the BPSD and several other communities have been meeting once a month since the beginning of this year in order to create a five-year plan. &n ... read more »

Owasso Police Arrest Second Suspect in Fatal Shooting

Jul 31, 2015

A second suspect in a fatal shooting in Owasso has turned himself in. Owasso Police report that 23-year-old Antonio Pruitt turned himself in on Thursday. The first suspect, 23-year-old Michael Hatcher turned himself in late on Tuesday. The search is still on for the third suspect, 18-year-old Jac ... read more »

Motorcyclist Injured in Accident

Jul 31, 2015

A Hominy man was injured when his motorcycle hit a deer Thursday night.  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports 44 year-old Randy Nowlin was northbound on Osage County Road 1701 two and a half miles south of State Highway 20.  According to a witness, the deer ran in front of his motorcycle ... read more »

April Travelers Motel Drug Bust Defendants in Court

Jul 30, 2015

Several people arrested during a drug bust at the Travelers Motel on April 2nd were in court on Thursday.  Nine people were arrested during the daytime raid. Captain Jay Hastings said at the time that search warrants were served on four motel rooms and the people occupying them were arr ... read more »

Volunteers Needed this Weekend for Pack the Backpack

Jul 30, 2015

The Washington County “Pack the Backpack” campaign is headed into the final lap. Volunteers are needed to pack the backpacks which they will be doing this weekend, July 31st and August 1st and 2nd. Organizer Sherri Smith said they packed almost 2400 last year and so they could use a l ... read more »

Riddle charged with abuse and rape

Jul 30, 2015

A Pawhuska man is facing several charges of child sexual abuse and one each of rape in the first degree and rape by instrumentation.  The Osage County Sheriff's Office arrested 28-year-old Quinton A. Riddle on July 16th after two teen girls, ages 14 and 15 at the time the crimes happened ... read more »

New Public Safety Complex Prep Work Almost Complete

Jul 30, 2015

The demolition crews job is done and the preparation of the grounds is almost complete on the new Bartlesville Public Safety Complex. Multiple buildings that comprised the old Arnold Moore and Neekamp Funeral Home are done and the clean-up is underway according to City Manager Ed Gordon. The ... read more »

Pawhuska Man Facing Child Sex Abuse Charges

Jul 30, 2015

A Pawhuska man is facing several charges of child sexual abuse and one each of rape in the first degree and rape by instrumentation. The Osage County Sheriff's Office arrested 28-year-old Quinton A. Riddle on July 16th after two teen girls, ages 14 and 15 at the time the crimes happened, alle ... read more »

Search for Two More Suspects in Owasso Fatal Shooting

Jul 30, 2015

Owasso Police have one suspect in custody but are searching for two more in the fatal shooting of a Sperry man at an Owasso convenience store on Friday, July 24th. Police say Michael Hatcher turned himself in late Tuesday in the shooting death of 26-year-old Emmett Wood. Hatcher was arrested ... read more »

DHS Announces Amnesty in August

Jul 29, 2015

Bench warrants have been issued for close to 12-thousand parents who are past due on child support. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is offering “Amnesty in August” for the men and women that have fallen behind in their court-ordered child support payments. Noncustodial paren ... read more »

One Suspect in May Police Shooting in Court on Wednesday

Jul 29, 2015

  One of the three suspects in a police chase and shooting on May 28th was in a Nowata County courtroom on Wednesday. Roxanne Mendoza was in the vehicle that led police on a chase from Talala, Oklahoma on Highway 169 into Montgomery County, Kansas. A Talala officer pulled ... read more »

City CFO and the Possible Sales Tax Increase

Jul 29, 2015

The city of Bartlesville has a lot of operating expenses and with the recent drop in gas prices, the amount of revenue coming in has dropped.  A discussion has been underway for some time to increase the city sales tax and residents will vote that on that issue on October 13th, 2015.  C ... read more »

Upcoming Chamber of Commerce Events

Jul 29, 2015

The Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce is in the business of creating business and encourages local businesses to get to know each other. The August “Business After Hours” event is scheduled for August 6th in the main lobby of Jane Phillips Medical Center. President Sherri Wilt said a c ... read more »

Osage Attorney Appointed to OST

Jul 29, 2015

Under the United States Department of the Interior is the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, the OST. The OST manages Indian beneficiaries’ financial assets which is, in part, money that comes into the trust through sources such as commercial, industrial, recreational and a ... read more »