This year marks the 30th annual Operation Clean House, a free event to help Washington County residents get rid of hazardous household and automotive goods without harming others or the enviornment.
The event will take place on April 13 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Residents will have two areas to drop off unwanted items in the county. In Bartlesville, you may drop them off at the Phillips Parking Lot just off Adams Blvd. west of the railroad tracks.
Items accepted at this location include electronics and hazardous household waste such as cleaners, yard care products, oil based paints, pharmaceuticals and fluorescent bulbs.
Dewey residents can drop off unwanted items on Ninth Street, two miles east of U.S. Highway 75.
Items accepted at this location include motor oil, antifreeze, automotive batteries, tires and appliances.
For more information on this event and a list items accepted for recycling or disposal, go to www.cityofbartlesville.org. You may also contact the Washington County Commissioners at 918-534-1170.
Bartlesville Police Chief Tracy Roles gave a news conference Tuesday morning regarding Jerry Lee Kelley Jr., a former Captain of the Bartlesville Police Reserves and Explorers program. Kelley’s arrest warrant states he will have four counts of embezzlement to answer to.
Kelley had been a Bartlesville Reserve Police Officer for 16 years and was the highest ranking of the Reserve Officer Unit for more than 10 years. The Reserve Unit had funds to use, but they allegedly refused to use that money in the proper way.
Roles went on to say that this is still an ongoing investigation, but says that no Bartlesville Police Staff members are involved in the matter.
There are still three Reserve members on the Bartesville Police Unit. The Police Explorer’s Program is currently under suspension.
Kelley was in court Tuesday afternoon and posted a $5,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for May 3. Kelley is being represented by former Washington County District Judge Curtis DeLapp.
For the past couple years, the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce has been helping put together a Ranchers Plaza in downtown Pawhuska next to the China Cafe. This recognizes ranches across the area and Chamber Director Joni Nash says there are several ranches that have bought brands and now they are beginning to hang them up.
Nash added that there is more to come when working on the Ranchers Plaza, but they are getting closer to the finished product.
Space for your brand is limited, but Nash says there is still time to participate if you would like to be a part of it.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners met with AT&T several weeks ago about how the company had been breaking permit violations and creating road damage across the county. After not hearing from AT&T since that last meeting, District Two Commissioner Kevin Pasley felt it was important to bring that up with his fellow commissioners.
Pasley says it is important to hold these utility companies responsible because County Emergency Manager Jerry Roberts has seen utilities going through unsafe places such as drains and pipes. This also deteriorates roads and causes extra expenses.
District One Commissioner Randall Jones disagreed with AT&T's stance at the meeting they attended more than a month ago.
The Commissioners will continue reaching out to AT&T.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners met Monday morning at the courthouse in Pawhuska and Kelly Bland, the Executive Director of the Tourism Oversite Committee, was on hand to give a report on how well things have been going in the county.
A month ago, Bland had just finished making a trip to the Wichita Tourism Conference where she got to interact with several different women from across the midwest. Bland did something similar this past weekend in Rogers Arkansas.
Bland added that Osage County will be very fortunate to hold the first annual Roy Clark Memorial Rodeo during the last weekend of April. It will take place at the Osage County Fairgrounds and benefit the American Therapeutic Riding Association.
Bland recently went to a state tourism meeting in Oklahoma City that Lieutenant Gov. Matt Pinnell was at. Pinnell said he is looking at making a fishing trail across the state. Bland says that would benefit Osage County greatly.
The County Commissioners approved various funding requests to assist in tourism across the county including $6,000 to help promote Cavalcade and $2,250 to help better advertise the Tallgrass Music Festival in Skiatook.
The Osage Board of County Commissioners will meet Monday morning in the meeting room of the Pawhuska courthouse and hear from a number of different people.
Hominy City Manager Jimmy D Ratliff II because he is looking for funding assistance from the county for phone system upgrades in the city of Hominy. These upgrades would allow all calls made to non-emergency dispatch numbers to be forwarded to 911.
Kelly Bland, Executive Director of the Tourism Oversite Committee, will be at the meeting to give a report on how things are going in the county economically. Bland will also be requesting money from the commissioners for various events coming up around the county.
There will also be talk about the road damage that utility companies have caused around the area and permit violations they have broken.
The meeting begins at 10 in the morning for those interested in attending.
The Osage County Election Board must receive your application for an absentee ballots by Wednesday, March 27th in order for it to be processed in time for the April 2nd election.
Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau says you may apply in person at the County Election Board Office in Pawhuska or download an online version of the form that can be submitted electronically at www.elections.ok.gov. Applications can also sent by way of mail, fax or e-mail.
Sample ballots are available on the Oklahoma State Election Board website, as well as the Osage County Election Board Office, located at 630 Kihekah Ave. in Pawhuska.
For those of you living in the Skiatook area that were planning on voting in person, you should be aware that Precincts 109 and 112 will be closed for the election. Any registered voter in these two precincts who have not yet received an absentee application should contact the County Election Board Office at 918-287-3036.
Hominy Police pulled over a car Tuesday morning for speeding through town on highway 99 and that led to a search of the car.
Following the search, Officer Taylor found methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple pounds of tobacco in the car.
The Police Department will let the court system determine what Acamie Moton, along with Tiffany and Darren Hill were trying to do, but the traffic stop is very reminiscent of how criminals attempt to do this.
The three are facing charges of conspiracy, drug possession with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance to a minor.
In honor of Roy Clark’s legacy, Barbara Clark has partnered with the American Therapeutic Riding Center to support the children of Green Country.
On Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, the public is invited to the Osage County Fairgrounds to take part in the first annual Roy Clark Memorial Championship Rodeo. The ATRC has provided equine therapy services to thousands of children over the last 10 years.
If you would like to take part in the event, call Ringgold and Sons Rodeo Company at 580-244-3635. You also have the option to register on the day of the event. For any questions regarding the fairgrounds, call 818-693-9914 or 918-246-9450.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids aged 6-12 and those under the age of 5 are admitted free. First responders and those with a military get in free.
We will have updates to this story as the event draws near.
The Pawhuska School report card has been released to show how well the school ranks compared to other districts in the state. Superintendent David Cash admits that last year's results aren't what the district had hoped for.
With this being Cash's first year at the helm, he is looking at ways to improve those grades for next year.
The report card was released by the Oklahoma Department of Education.