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Cherokee State of Nation

Aug 31, 2014

The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation says the tribe is not just surviving in northeastern Oklahoma, but thriving.        Principal Chief Bill John Baker presented his State of the Nation address Saturday on the Cherokee National Courthouse lawn. Baker says that ... read more »

Interim Pawhuska City Manager Named

Aug 29, 2014

After weeks of uncertainty, Pawhuska has a new city manager. In a meeting Thursday, the Pawhuska City Council acknowledged the retirement of long time city manager Paul McAlexander. McAlexander had served as city manager for 10 years before facing charges in Osage County District Court for obstru ... read more »

Williams Found Not Guilty

Aug 29, 2014

After over a day of testimony, a Washington County jury found Brandon Williams not guilty on all charges including rape by instrumentation, solicting conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology, and lewd molestation.  It took the jury about three hours to reach their decision. ... read more »

Chidester Sentenced To Jail

Aug 29, 2014

A Bartlesville woman facing perjury charges waived jury and non-jury trials and pled guilty to the charge.  Tammie Chidester is accused of lying under oath during a jury trial earlier this year.  After she pled out, Washington County District Judge Curtis DeLapp agreed with the State ... read more »

Nowata Man Arrested On Drug Violations

Aug 29, 2014

Washington County Special Judge John Gerkin held a probable cause hearing Friday afternoon for Clay Edward Sumpter of Nowata, who was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug proceeds, and carrying an offensive weap ... read more »

Chamber Announces New Event

Aug 29, 2014

A lot of activities are coming up for the Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber is starting a new event in October called "Know The 'Ville."  The purpose for the event is to know what's going on in Bartlesville.  During a KWON Community Connectio ... read more »

Pawhuska Dance Studio To Hold Open House Event

Aug 29, 2014

On September 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Dancemaker Performing Arts Academy is going to be holding an open house for the public at their headquarters.  They are located at 400 Palmer Avenue in Pawhuska near City Hall. The Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce will be holding a ribbon- ... read more »

Vinita Police Officer Arrested

Aug 28, 2014

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a Vinita police officer has been arrested on child sex charges.   Online court records show 35-year-old Sean Floyd was charged Thursday with several counts of rape, sodomy and lewd acts with a child younger than 16.  The online record ... read more »

Oklahoma Has "No Child Left Behind" Problems

Aug 28, 2014

Federal education officials say Oklahoma's public school standards aren't sufficiently preparing students for college or careers and will pull a waiver that lets the state bypass some provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. The U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to the st ... read more »

Embattled Pawhuska City Manager Pleads Not Guilty To Misdemeanor

Aug 28, 2014

Pawhuska City Manager Paul McAlexander made his first appearance in an Osage County Court on Thursday afternoon.  Proceedings took place at 3:30 where McAlexander was arraigned on his misdemeanor charge of obstruction of a public officer, and he pled not guilty to said charge. McAlex ... read more »

Thompson Waives Right to a Jury Trial

Aug 28, 2014

A Bartlesville man who faces two counts of lewd or indecent acts with a child under 16 has waived jury trial and has been ordered back to court for a non-jury trial.  Christopher Troy Thompson is accused of committing lewd acts with his 13-year old daughter.  Thompson's next court d ... read more »

Chamber Hosts 25th-Annual Tournament

Aug 28, 2014

The Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted it's 25-annual Legislative Golf Tournament Thursday afternoon at Adams Golf Course.  The man who originated the tournament, then State Representative Jim Dunlap was on hand for the event.  He says it wasn't an original idea, i ... read more »

Iced Dunk Tank Challenge Announced

Aug 28, 2014

The City of Bartlesville's Police and Fire Departments will hold an ICED DUNK TANK CHALLENGE next Friday morning.   September 12th beginning at approximately 10:45 AM and ending at approximately 5:00 PM. The event is set to start at 10:45 and continue until 5 o'clock.  ... read more »

BRTA's Allison Retires as Chair

Aug 28, 2014

Chairman of the Bartlesville Redevelopment Trust Authority Chairman Walter Allison took a moment to address those assembled from for Wednesday's meeting.  Allison has spent not only the majority of a career, but several years of retirement serving as leader in the community.  This w ... read more »

Pawhuska City Council Discusses City Manager's Fate

Aug 28, 2014

The Pawhuska City Council has still not made a decision regarding the fate of embattled City Manager Paul McAlexander and his role with the city. On Monday evening, in a non-public meeting, the group met for roughly 2 hours to privately discuss whether McAlexander will maintain his curre ... read more »

Barnsdall Voters Pass Transportation Issue

Aug 27, 2014

Barnsdall voters overwhelmingly said yes to a quarter of a million dollar transportation bond issue on Tuesday.  The proposal passed with nearly 89 percent of participating voters saying yes.  The vote went 125 yes votes to 16 no votes.  The bond issue will pay for three new busses ... read more »

Frost Wins Election by 7 Votes

Aug 27, 2014

Bud Frost won election as the new District 3 Nowata County Commissioner by 7 votes on Tuesday.  According to the unofficial tally, Frost beat Richard Miller 149 to 142.  No Republican filed for the seat, so the race was decided by the primary. Incumbent Nowata County Commissioner Ti ... read more »

Two Men Face Burglary Charges

Aug 26, 2014

Charges are filed for two Bartlesville men who allegedly robbed a man at gun point.  25-year old Derek Thomas Soeten and 31-year old Sean David Bunge are charged with first degree robbery, knowingly concealing stolen property, possession of a firearm after a conviction, and conspiracy.  ... read more »

Empty Bowls Announcement

Aug 26, 2014

\r\n The Community Hall at The Bartlesville Community Center was packed during lunch Tuesday for Agape Mission's Annual 'Empty Bowls' event. Besides raising money to help feed the needy, Executive Director Sherri Smith had an announcement to make. \r\n \r\n The new location of ... read more »

GOP Leaders Criticize Tulsa Chamber Letter

Aug 26, 2014

Members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation and Republican Party leaders are criticizing the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce for sending out an invitation for a fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. The seven-member, all-Republican delegation signed a lett ... read more »

Cherokees To Break Ground

Aug 26, 2014

The Cherokee Nation's entertainment division has scheduled the start of construction on its newest casino project in Oklahoma.      Groundbreaking is Wednesday for the Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville - located along Highway 169 just south of the Kansas border. ... read more »

Local Police to Emphasize Holiday Safety

Aug 26, 2014

The Bartlesville Police Department is actively participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Officers began saturated patrol this past weekend and will continue through Monday, September 1st. According to Police Captain Jay Hastings, the special patrols are designed to locate driv ... read more »

Daniel Charged on Recent Arsons

Aug 26, 2014

A Bartlesville woman will be back in court September 5th to answer arson charges.  Fire Department Investigator Bill Hollander arrested Cindy Gail Daniel is charged with setting a series of fires.  Hollander says Daniel lit newspaper back-to-school ad flyers in fire. The arrest aff ... read more »

Elections For Democratic Runoff Primary Held Tuesday

Aug 26, 2014

Polls are open on August the 26th for the Democratic Runoff Primary as well as the Barnsdall Special School Elections. Remember, in order for you ballot to be accepted as valid, you must mark the ballot in either blue or black ink.  If a mistake is made, you are supposed to turn in that ... read more »

Osage County Free Fair To Be Held In September

Aug 26, 2014

Starting on Sept. 4 through Sept. 6, the Osage County Free Fair will be held.  The board made the announcement last week. On Sept. 4 starting at 11 a.m., entries for all still exhibits will begin.  The judging portion will take place at 7 o’clock that night.  Also on Thur ... read more »

Empty Bowls Set For Tuesday

Aug 25, 2014

You have an opportunity Tuesday to help a good cause and get a great lunch. From 11 to 1 at the Bartlesville Community Center, the Empty Bowls event will be ongoing to raise funds for the Agape Mission. According to Agape Mission Executive Director Sherri Smith, for a cost of twenty dollars you g ... read more »

New Era in OKWU Soccer

Aug 25, 2014

A new night-time hot spot has appeared in Bartlesville and Jonathan Eastman went to check it out. The new era of Eagles' Soccer continued at 8 Monday night with the Men's team playing the Oklahoma Baptist Bison. ... read more »

United Way Announces Collin Raye Concert

Aug 25, 2014

The Bartlesville Regional United Way will kick off its 75th anniversary campaign with a concert from country legend Collin Raye.  The concert will be at 7:30, the night of Tuesday, Sept. 16th at the Bartlesville Community Center. United Way Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Jo ... read more »

Osage Commissioners Discuss Fairground Fees

Aug 25, 2014

The Osage County Commissioners met Monday morning for their last regularly scheduled business meeting of the month. They started off the meeting awarding bids for a water truck and four used pickup trucks to be used throughout Osage County. Then, Jeff Bute with the Pawhuska Roundup Club s ... read more »

Nowata County Election Preview

Aug 25, 2014

Nowata County voters who live in District Three and are registered Democrats will be going to the polls Tuesday to elect a new Nowata County Commissioner between Bud Frost and Richard Miller.  Current Nowata County Commissioner Tim Kilpatrick is not running for another term.  Other Nowa ... read more »

Commissioners Transfer Funds

Aug 25, 2014

The Nowata County Commissioners Monday morning approved to transfer $210,000 from the County Bridge Road Improvement account to the General fund.  This process is done every year to cover until the taxes are due.  In other action, the commissioners voted to go out for bids to purchase a ... read more »

Runoff Vote on Tuesday

Aug 25, 2014

A policymaker with more than 30 years' experience will face a 79-year-old perennial candidate in Tuesday's Democratic primary runoff election for a U.S. Senate seat.      State Senator Connie Johnson and Midwest City resident Jim Rogers hope to replace Republican ... read more »

Collinsville Man Arrested After Fighting

Aug 25, 2014

Collinsville police say they've arrested a man who told them he assaulted a neighbor when he was bored.      KOTV-TV reports the 50-year-old man was arrested Saturday afternoon after several people called 911. He was booked in the Tulsa County jail on a complaint of a ... read more »

Delaware Tribe to Discuss Kansas Property

Aug 25, 2014

Douglas County, Kansas officials and leaders with the Delaware Tribe of Indians will meet twice this week to consider what to do with 90 acres the tribe owns in northern Lawrence. The two sides aren't saying exactly what they'll discuss. However, Nancy Thellman, chairwoman of the Dou ... read more »

Missing Girl Found in Claremore

Aug 24, 2014

Police and Washington County Emergency Management volunteers began a search mid-day Sunday for a 14 year-old Bartlesville girl reported missing.  While authorities are holding the identity of the girl as confidential at this time, authorities report that she was recovered from Claremore.&nbs ... read more »

Presentation Tops Washington County Agenda

Aug 24, 2014

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners will open their Monday morning meeting with a presentation.  Director of Emergency Management for the county Kary Cox will present Emergency Operations Center Volunteer, Eric Ashlock his Professional Development Series Certificate.  Co ... read more »

Commissioners To Meet Monday Morning

Aug 24, 2014

Several items are on tap for Monday morning's Nowata County Commissioners meeting.  According to the agenda, the commissioners will take action on a memorandum of agreement with the Cherokee Nation and to go out for bids for a used trailer mounted spray injection road repair machine.&nbs ... read more »

Dole to Tour Kansas

Aug 23, 2014

Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole returns to Kansas next month for the latest of several planned trips to his home state this year.      The 91-year-old Russell native lives in Washington, D.C., and is making the homecoming tour to greet longtime friends and supporters through ... read more »

Busy Trial Docket Scheduled

Aug 22, 2014

Washington County Courthouse will be a busy place next week as at least seven cases are on the trial docket.  One of the cases on the docket is the case against Brandon Lee Williams, who is facing rape and soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology.  Th ... read more »

Run 4 Relief Set for Saturday

Aug 22, 2014

Saturday will mark the running of the 12th annual Run 4 Relief in Bartlesville but there is still time to register. As of 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, about 170 runners had preregistered to run in the fundraising event for the Nowata Osage Washington Chapter of the Red Cross but you can still ... read more »

Semi Accident Ties Up U. S. 75

Aug 21, 2014

UPDATE 11:34 AM 8-22 For a few hours Thursday, parts of Highway 75 were closed to traffic due to a accident involving a flatbed truck towing a CAT 900 series front end loader. The machine, which may have weighed up to 17 and a half tons had fallen off of the trailer, blocking the road. In add ... read more »

Bartlesville Man Arrested For Burglary

Aug 21, 2014

A Bartlesville man is in custody after he allegedly broke into an apartment.  27-year old Joshua Ray Pierce is charged with first degree burglary and trespassing after being forbidden.  Bartlesville police were called to investigate a possible burglary in the 1400 block of SW Santa Fe A ... read more »

Labor Day Travel Forecast

Aug 21, 2014

Triple-A of Oklahoma predicts that more residents will be traveling over the Labor Day holiday, with a 2 percent jump expected over last year's numbers.  The organization estimated that 408,000 Oklahomans will travel over the holiday. That's compared with the 400,300 Oklahomans who t ... read more »

In Person Elections Open

Aug 21, 2014

In person absentee voting opened Thursday for the Democratic Runoff Election. To vote in person absentee, go the election board office at the county courthouse Thursday and Friday between 8 am and 6 pm or Saturday between 9 am and 2 pm. A 2-member bipartisan absentee voting board will be on duty ... read more »

Pawhuska City Manager Arrested And Released On Misdemeanor Charge

Aug 21, 2014

Pawhuska City Manager Paul McAlexander was arrested late Tuesday night on a charge of obstruction of a public officer. McAlexander turned himself into authorities around 9:45 p.m. after an arrest warrant was issued for him on Monday. He was booked into the Osage County jail just before 10 p.m ... read more »

Ochelata Man Threaten To Kill Police Officer

Aug 20, 2014

A $50,000 bond has been set for an Ochelata man who allegedly threaten to kill an officer.  18-year old Justin Luke Corder is charged with attempt first degree burglary, resisting an officer, obstructing an officer, public intoxication, and threaten to perform an act of violence.  Bartl ... read more »

Suspects Charged In Weekend Assault

Aug 20, 2014

Five Bartlesville people are facing charges from last weekend's assault case.  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 assault and battery.  Two other people who w ... read more »

Bartlesville Man Injured In Osage County Accident

Aug 20, 2014

A Bartlesville man is in critical condition after being injured in an accident Tuesday evening near the intersection of CR 2706 and CR 2145, approximately two miles west and one mile south of Bartlesville.  According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 52-year old Joel Scott Cone was transported ... read more »

Pawhuska City Manager Faces Obstruction Charge And Arrest Warrant

Aug 20, 2014

Pawhuska City Manager Paul McAlexander is facing an arrest warrant and a misdemeanor charge for obstruction of a public officer. The charge was filed on Monday, August 18th in Osage County District Court, and it stems from an incident back in July where McAlexander told Pawhuska police office ... read more »

Martin Celebrates Retirement

Aug 20, 2014

Surrounded by friends and colleagues Tuesday night, State Representative Steve Martin celebrated his retirement from office. First elected in 2005, Martin has worked on a number of committees including currently chairing the Public Safety Committee and the Conference Committee on Public Safety. M ... read more »

Lankford Tour Siemens

Aug 19, 2014

Congressman and U.S. Senatorial Candidate James Lankford toured Siemens Tuesday afternoon. After an overview of plant operations, Lankford was given a tour of the facility on the west side of Bartlesville. During his time at the plant, Lankford learned more about the work done at Siemens and how ... read more »

OCIC Holds Math And Science Initiative For Area Teachers

Aug 19, 2014

Project BUILD, which is an Osage County Interlocal Cooperative initiative, recently brought in 48 teachers in math and science subject areas who were trained in third through twelfth grade math and science curriculums. OCIC has been putting this program on for the past six years with the Okla ... read more »

Pawhuska City Council Approves Emergency Drill

Aug 19, 2014

The Pawhuska City Council met on Monday evening for their second meeting of the month. The first item on the agenda came from Randi Chesbro of Sister’s Attic.  Chesbro formally asked for two designated loading spaces in the alley to the west by the garage door of her business. ... read more »

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 19, 2014

You may have seen it on TV or the internet, but today you will hear it on the radio, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Jonathan Eastman Took the ice bucket challenge Monday evening, but why? ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Thos ... read more »

Council Discusses Code Changes

Aug 19, 2014

The Dewey City Council discussed the possibility of changes to city code Monday night. To start the meeting, City Manager Kevin Trease presented sales tax numbers that were the highest in 5 years at more than 80 thousand dollars. This represents an approximate increase of six and a quarter percen ... read more »

City Council Accepts Utility Rate Study

Aug 18, 2014

The Bartlesville City Council Monday night accepted a presentation of the utility rate study performed by Leidos.  In 2014, the city council authorized a study to examine the city's utility rates.  The City has been working with Leidos for about three months to examine the task.&nbs ... read more »

Bartlesville Couple Arrested For Drug Violations

Aug 18, 2014

A Bartlesville man and a woman are in custody on drug violations.  37-year old Crystal Lee Johnston and 36-year old William James Smith are charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, and obstructing an officer.  Bartlesville police were called on a possible ... read more »

Commissioners Award Rock Bids

Aug 18, 2014

The Nowata County Commissioners Monday morning awarded rock bids to six businesses upon price, location, and availability.  Commissioners approved to go out for bids to sell a 2004 F-250 pickup that belongs to District One.  Also during the meeting, the commissioners passed a resolution ... read more »

Commissioners Discuss Insurance Plans

Aug 18, 2014

Washington County Commissioners had much to think about Monday as their first agenda item took up most of their meeting. Kurt Schultz of Ameribank Insurance gave a presentation to the commissioners concerning Ameribank Health Insurance, a possibility for insuring county workers.  Changing to ... read more »

Osage Commissioners Rebid Social Media Program

Aug 18, 2014

The Osage County Commissioners met Monday morning for their regularly scheduled business meeting where they signed a resolution to rebid their social media program. The social media program is set to be used to help promote tourism to the Pawhuska and Osage County region. The commissioner ... read more »