Truancy Concerns at Dewey Schools Stirs Discussion

Sep 16, 2019

Discussion to adopt a municipal truancy ordinance took place at the Dewey City Council meeting on Monday night. Dewey Police Sergeant Jimmy Gray said truancy is a state-wide issue, but in Dewey specifically, he said 32 parents could be cited for truancy for not taking their children to school ... read more »

BPS Okay’s Contract for Construction for Vo-AG Building and Custer Field Press Box

Sep 16, 2019

  The Bartlesville Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a construction management contract with Manhattan Construction Company for the Vocational Agriculture Building and Custer Field Press Box Replacement Projects and approve a corresponding purchase order for $10,210 to ... read more »

Play for Burk Foundation Presents $19k Check at School Board Meeting

Sep 16, 2019

  The Bartlesville Board of Education was presented a check for $19,000 from the Play For Burk Foundation Monday evening for the ATLAS, an Academic Therapeutic Learning Alternative School. and other school needs. The money raised came from a recent golf tournament. watc ... read more »

Sex Offender Eludes Police, Breaks into Home

Sep 16, 2019

A convicted sex offender was arrested in Bartlesville on Saturday after eluding police custody and breaking into a home. 19-year-old Joseph Bell was charged with five felony counts including failure to register as a sex offender, first degree burglary and other related charges. According to a ... read more »

Talks Continue Regarding Demolition of Fairfax Building

Sep 16, 2019

At Monday's Board of Osage County Commissioners meeting, there were continued talks regarding JL & Associates demolishing the Fairfax Furniture Store. Terry Loftis, who was there representing the firm, let the commissioners know he hopes to have a sample bid packet they can look at next w ... read more »

Life Sentence Recommended for Arson Conviction

Sep 16, 2019

A Bartlesville man has a recommended sentence of life in prison after being found guilty of first degree arson by a Washington County jury last week. Chance Hainline was also convicted of burglary in the second degree, which was penalized with 25 years in prison and possession of a controlled dan ... read more »

Transportation Bond Passes for Pawhuska Schools

Sep 16, 2019

A bond was passed last week allowing the Pawhuska school district to get up to $250,000 in money for transportation upgrades. Superintendent David Cash was glad to see the community come out in such overwhelming support for the project.   School board members will look at bids in the ... read more »

Maintenance Agreement Approved for Corrections Facility

Sep 16, 2019

An HVAC scheduled maintenance agreement with Harrison Energy Partner for the Washington County Correctional Facility was discussed on Monday. The Washington County Sheriff's Office has been in the facility since 2012. Washington County Commissioner Mike Dunlap agreed with the other Commis ... read more »

Stauder Heading to State Teacher of the Year Ceremony

Sep 16, 2019

The 2020 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year ceremony is Tuesday, and a science teacher at Dewey High School is a finalist. Cassandra Stauder from DHS was named one of the 12 finalists for Oklahoma’s next Teacher of the Year in a ceremony at Southmoore High School last July. All finalists were ... read more »

Concerns Raised About Sex Offender Employed by Nowata County

Sep 16, 2019

Information has been updated: Commissioner Doug Sonenberg confirmed that a registered sex offender is being employed by Nowata County district two. A concerned citizen has spoken up about the matter at several previous Nowata County Commissioners meetings. Sonenberg stated that the individual ... read more »

Commissioners Continue to Sign OMMA Compliance Certificates

Sep 16, 2019

The Board of Osage County Commissioners met Monday morning for a regularly scheduled meeting at the courthouse in Pawhuska. They decided to officially approve the contract with JL & Associates to demolish the Fairfax Furniture Store. The firm is also interested in repairing the treasurer& ... read more »

Officials Respond to Mobile Home Fire in Dewey

Sep 16, 2019

At 4:15 on Monday morning, emergency personnel attended to a small mobile home fire in Dewey. The Dewey Fire and Police Departments were paged out to a call where there was heavy smoke in the mobile home. Once at the scene, Dewey Fire made a quick attack to knock out the fire. The occupan ... read more »

Town of Copan to See Increase in County Deputies

Sep 16, 2019

An agreement for law enforcement services between the Town of Copan and the Washington County Commissioners was considered on Monday. Sheriff Scott Owen said the Town of Copan and their attorney approached the Sheriff's Office at the beginning of the year about the services. He said this ... read more »

Oklahoma AG Hunter Hires Outside Attorneys on Gambling Negotiations

Sep 15, 2019

Oklahoma’s attorney general has agreed to pay a Michigan law firm up to $250,000 to help represent the state in negotiations with Oklahoma-based Native American tribes over compacts that allow gambling.   Republican Mike Hunter’s office signed the agreement last week with ... read more »

New Pressbox and AG Building to Receive Attention

Sep 14, 2019

The Bartlesville Board of Education will spotlight a donation from the Play for Burk Foundation in their upcoming meeting. The Bartlesville Board of Education will also discuss and possibly vote to approve the 2019-2020 Estimates of Needs. Then they will discuss and possibly vote to appro ... read more »