A 4-3 win over Woodland in the championship game of the Caney Valley Tournament will be the final victory for a group of Barnsdall seniors that have been playing together since they were old enough to hit a ball off a tee. Coach Wade Corder said his heart sank when the OSSAA made the official announcement that spring sports had been canceled.
Corder has been able to communicate with his players on Facebook and over the phone, but he will be very disappointed if he is unable to get the team together for one final meeting. Corder did say he was glad the Panthers ended the season on a high note, by winning the Caney Valley Tournament.
Corder, also the basketball coach, is still waiting on a decision from the OSSAA about how to proceed with summer activities.
(Photo Courtesy of Barnsdall Panther Baseball Facebook Page.)
An Osage County resident has reported that they received a phone call from someone with an 879 area code and they claimed to be with Publisher’s Clearing House.
They requested the caller obtain a money gram and send that to a hotel in Bartlesville. The scammer said once they received the money gram, they would go to the residents house and “give them millions.” The Osage County Sheriff’s Office warns that if you get a call like this, don’t share any of your personal information.
The United States Secret Service has also urged the public to use vigilance during these uncertain times, as they see two major scams taking place.
They say citizens are receiving phone calls, text messages and emails with people saying they are with the government and the conversation revolves around issuing the federal government incentive checks. Individuals are being asked to provide birth dates, social security numbers and other personal data to receive their checks.
The other scam involves citizens receiving an email from what appears to be a hospital or other local health agency. The email suggests that the person receiving the email has been exposed to the coronavirus and they should click on a link in order to get tested. This link provides personal information to a scammer and they can then load viruses to your computer. It is important to be cautious when communicating with unknown persons.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has issued an executive order declaring a health emergency for the entire state of Oklahoma for the next 30 days.
The Oklahoma State Commissioner of Health, Gary Cox, will serve as the primary public health authority to respond to the coronavirus.
Governor Stitt now has broader powers during this health emergency. He also has the ability to coordinate a cohesive statewide response with city and county health departments.
Governor Kevin Stitt was quoted as saying the following in a news release Thursday morning:
“Now is the time to align all public health entities in the state as we work together to prepare for a surge in demand on our hospitals. This will allow us to coordinate resources and ensure all Oklahomans have the best access to the medical care they need.”
Stitt called a special called session for this coming Monday so that the State Legislature can confirm this emergency declaration.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt held a press conference Wednesday afternoon and issued a “Safer at home” executive order for the entire state through April 30th. The Safer at Home order had previously only applied to the counties that had been affected by positive coronavirus tests.
All non-essential businesses will be closed across the state. Restaurants can still be open, but they must abide by curbside service pickup and delivery options only. Stitt also announced there are more than 13,600 test kits available and anyone with symptoms should get tested.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners are doing all they can to keep their employees safe during this time of uncertainty. In order to do that, they are trying to figure out a way to keep county offices open, but have the fewest number of employees there.
This is why the commissioners are going to leave it up to each county-elected official on how to best deal with the situation. County Clerk Shelia Bellamy talks about how her office is handling the predicament.
One thing the commissioners were unsure about is how the employees were to get paid if they were asked to take off. The commissioners got some sense of direction near the end of the meeting when District Attorney Mike Fisher received an email from a representative at the state auditor's office.
All-county owned buildings are closed to the public, but they can be reached via phone call or email.
The Tulsa International Airport is having to park many of its airplanes on the runways because of a decrease in demand from consumers and increased travel restrictions being imposed by the government. All of this is because of ongoing concerns related to the coronavirus. Director of Airport Development and Marketing, Andrew Pierini said these are uncertain time for the airline industry.
Pierini said the airline industry has never taken a hit such as this and he hopes things will be able to get back to normal as soon as possiblefor everyone who is dealing with this crisis.
With the shelter in place order currently in place, essential travel can still occur. The Tulsa International Airport has limited limited access for those who can be in the terminal.
One Osage County man has died due to COVID-19 according to the latest update from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. It is reportedly a male that was older than 65 years old. Osage County Emergency Manager Jerry Roberts says it important to follow the guidelines during this time of uncertainty.
The death toll has now reached 30 statewide. There are now 719 positive cases being reported. That is up from 565 cases being reported on Tuesday. This is the biggest single-day case jump in the state so far.
Locally, Washington has seen two more cases with 23 positives, Osage County has 19 cases, while Nowata County is reporting five cases.
Nearly 2,000 people have been tested in the state with 1,248 tests coming back negative. 219 people are being hospitalized due to the virus.
The statewide candidate filing period begins Wednesday, April 8th and will run through Friday, April 10th at 5 p.m. Candidates filing for state offices will do so through the Secretary of the State Election Board in Oklahoma City. If filing for a county office, you will go through the Secretary of the County Election Board.
Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said that in November, a vote will be held for the Court Clerk, County Sheriff, County Clerk and County Commissioner for District Two.
For election related information, you may call 918-287-3036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
School buildings are closed through the end of the district calendar and gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people. This puts graduation in jeopardy for many area high schools, but Pawhuska Superintendent David Cash is staying optimistic because he knows how important it is to recognize his seniors for their hard work.
Cash says whatever decision is made will be based off whatever is best for the health of the people who would be in attendance. Cash also said he would seek input from others while making the decision.
Pawhuska's graduation is currently scheduled to take place on Friday, May 15th.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners decided it would be best to keep the courthouse and all other county-owned buildings closed at this time in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Despite this, Osage County District Attorney Mike Fisher wanted to make it clear that for anyone who felt the need to report any violent crimes, they could still do so by going to the courthouse.
For more court-related questions, you may call the Osage County Courthouse at 918-287-4104.