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Storm Update, Limb Disposal

Sep 02, 2014

With all the damage caused by the storms Monday night, it is difficult to assess the total situation. As of 5 PM Tuesday, power has been restored to the majority of Bartlesville with the notable exception of the Oak Park area. In addition the same line that powers Oak Park also provides power to ... read more »

Disaster Declaration

Sep 02, 2014

In Tuesday morning's Washington County Commissioners' Meeting, the commissioners authorized Washington County Emergency Manager Kary Cox to issue a disaster declaration. According to Cox, this allows the county to begin working with state and federal officials to see what assistance might ... read more »

Red Cross Provides Emergency Housing

Sep 02, 2014

The Eastern Oklahoma Region of the American Red Cross is providing emergency housing for residents of Washington County affected by Monday night’s severe storms. The facility is located at Bluestem Baptist Church, 327 East Durham, in Dewey, and is expected to open at 4:30 p.m. Samantha Henr ... read more »

Commissioners Authorize Disaster Declaration

Sep 02, 2014

Washington County Commissioners took time from their published agenda to discuss the weather that occurred Monday night into Tuesday morning. After approving a letter to be sent to Dorothy Nunley for her service on the excise board, the commissioners opened the floor for their commissioners' ... read more »

Water Safe to Drink

Sep 02, 2014

Despite rumors to the contrary, the water in Bartlesville is safe to drink. According to City Manager Ed Gordon, the city water plant is running off of generators and is processing water. The problem facing the city at the water plant is the rate at which they can process water. Because of the po ... read more »

Weather Drops Power Across Town

Sep 02, 2014

Much of Bartlesville spent the night without power.  Public Service Company of Oklahoma crews worked overnight, restoring power neighborhood by neighborhood.  Public Service Company of Oklahoma Spokesman, Stan Whiteford says the company hopes to be able to restore power to most of Bartl ... read more »

JPMC Loses Power

Sep 02, 2014

Patient care continues on at Bartlesville's Jane Phillips Medical Center despite problems caused by Monday night's storms.  Hospital spokesman Mike Wilt says the hospital operated on generator power overnight because it lost commercial power. Wilt says about 15 people were on the h ... read more »

Bartlesville Public Schools Closed Due To Power Outages

Sep 02, 2014

Bartlesville Public Schools have been closed for Tuesday, September 2 due to power outages and severe weather throughout the region. The schools are without power at this time while crews try to get them back up and running. We'll bring you the latest updates as they become available. ... read more »

Bartlesville Faces Power Outages

Sep 02, 2014

Much of Bartlesville spent the night without power.  Public Service Company of Oklahoma crews worked overnight, restoring power neighborhood by neighborhood.  Many homes and businesses were still without power early this morning. The National Weather Service has issued a flash floo ... read more »

Tulsa Regional Fly-In Coming Soon

Sep 01, 2014

September is a busy month for early fall activities in Bartlesville.  One of the events is the 58th Annual Tulsa Regional Fly-In on Saturday, Saptember 20th at Bartlesville Airport.  During a recent KWON City Matters Program, Bartlesville City Manager Ed Gordon says that this year's ... read more »

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

Sep 01, 2014

The Bartlesville Police Department Investigations Division is asking for information regarding the identity of the person or persons involved in a recent crime: According to Crime Stoppers Coordinator David Hackler, some time between midnight and 7 o'clock the morning of Thursday August 2 ... read more »

Firefighter's Widow Receives Death Benefit

Sep 01, 2014

The widow and son of a Bartlesville man who died during firefighting training have been awarded more than $503,000 in federal and state death benefits despite testimony that the man never was really with any fire department.      The Oklahoman reports that Thomas Russell ... read more »

Wind Keeps Crews Busy

Sep 01, 2014

Although the majority of the rain stayed to our north and east, Bartlesville still felt some effects from the thunderstorms that moved through the area last night. With winds gusting over twenty miles per hour, local emergency responders were called out to clean a number of streets that had limbs ... read more »

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 »