The 81st Osage County Junior Livestock Show is this week, and preparations for the event have already begun. The show will kick-off Wednesday morning at 10:30 with The Gilt, Barrow and Swine Showmanship. Sheep and Goats will show Thursday morning followed by the Heifer and Steer show Thursday afternoon. The FFA and 4-H have approximately 150 contestants entered and more than 300 animals for this the show this week which will culminate with the annual BBQ and auction Friday night. Tickets for the BBQ are just $10 thanks in part to donations from the Osage Casino. There will also be a raffle to win a side of beef. Real County 104.9FM KRIG will be broadcasting live from the Osage County Fairgrounds Wednesday Morning from 10am until noon. Come out and support these young contestants, the 4-H, and the FFA, at the 2016 Osage County Junior Livestock Show.
The Osage County Courthouse Review Committee would like to encourage Osage County
citizens to attend its weekly meeting this coming Monday, February 29, at 5:30pm at the Osage County Sheriff's Department Learning/Education Center Located directly south of the Osage County
Jail on St. Paul Avenue in Pawhuska.
The desire is to get input from Osage County Residents and hear about the possible renovation of the courthouse and either the county-owned Kennedy or Whiting Buildings, and how various county offices might be relocated to better serve the residents of Osage County along with provide county officials with much needed office space.
Safety has also become a major concern for Osage County Officials with the current layout of the County Courthouse in Pawhuska. Criminal Offenders are transported to the Courthouse under guard. Once at the courthouse, inmates are in close proximity to the public conducting county business.
Come to the Osage County Courthouse Review Committee meeting this Monday, February 29, at 5:30pm at the Osage County Sheriff's Department Learning/Education Center, and have your opinion heard.
Three Injured in Osage County Accident
Three people were sent to the hospital after they were injured Thursday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident in Osage County a mile south of Avant. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports 20 year-old Kayley Hull of Barnsdall was driving a 95 Honda northbound on State Highway 11 just after 2 o'clock. Her car went off the road to the right. She overcorrected and the car went off the road to the left. The car rolled halfway over and stopped on it top. Her 1 year-old passenger was flown to Tulsa's St. Francis Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition with a head injury. Skiatook Fire Department transported Hull and her passenger, 29 year-old Stanley Hull, also of Barnsdall, to St. Francis where they were treated for head injuries and released. Hull was wearing a seatbelt but neither passenger was wearing a seatbelt.
New Dental Service Opens in Ponca City
Osage County residents now have a new option for dental services in Ponca City. DDS Denture and Implant Solutions is a subsidiary of Thomas John Kennedy, DDS, PLLC and Associates and has now opened a new location on 14th Street in Ponca City and is accepting appointments. Aside from dentures, Dr. Chris Bugg, offers extractions, Dental Implants, and general Dentistry all at one location.
Denture and Implant Solutions also has an in house lab and can in most cases can provide same day service on implants and dentures.
New patients can call Dr. Chris Bugg, DDS at Denture and Implant Solutions (580)749-9370 or visit their new location at 503 N 14th Street in Ponca City.
Pawhuska School District Superintendent, Dr. Landon Berry, has announced that he will be resigning as Superintendent at the end of the school year. Dr. Berry said he has accepted a Superintendent position in Porum, his home town.
Dr. Berry began working for the Pawhuska School District in 2012, following the retirement of Ben West. Dr. Berry has helped the Pawhuska School District through significant budget cuts and saw the closing of the junior high school building in 2014, but has also seen the completion of several projects funded by a 2010 school bond issue, including the construction of the new School Administration Building.
The Pawhuska School District will begin looking for a replacement Superintendent soon.
This week the meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners was a brief administrative meeting. The Commissioners signed a few contracts with the Oklahoma Cooperative Circuit Engineering Districts Board, approved an Emergency Management Program Grant, and approved the publication of county employees' gross salaries for 2015.
The Commissioners also reappointed Rick Hedrick and Jim Goodwin to the County board of Adjustments for an additional 3-year term which will end on March 1, 2019.
During the Citizen's input portion of the meeting Mike Tolson, who is serving as co-chair for the Courthouse/Building Review Committee presented an open invitation to the public regarding the meeting next weeks. The Committee would like input from the public and would like to set the stage for an open forum, or town hall style, meeting. The Courthouse/Building Review Committee will meet next Monday February 29, at 5:30 at the Pawhuska Community Center.
The Osage County Board of County Commissioners will meet again next Monday at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska at 10am.
Tuesday the Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce met for their second meeting for February, during which they discussed upcoming events and received a presentation from Lakeside Chiropractic and Rehab.
The Barnsdall Easter Egg hunt is quickly approaching and is scheduled for March 26, at 10am. The event will be held at the Barnsdall City Park and is sponsored by American Heritage Bank and the Assembly of God Church. The Assembly of God Church has assembled approximately 1,200 eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt and plan on increasing the number to 1,500. American Heritage Bank will providing cash prizes which can be found in random eggs. Barnsdall Public Schools will be helping once again filling eggs for the event.
The Chamber received a presentation from Dr. Beth Goodman for Lakeside Chiropractic and Rehab in Skiatook about maintaining good spinal health for the first 100 years of your life. The presentation revolved around preventative maintenance, much like seeing the dentist or optometrist to avoid more severe problems. Lakeside Chiropractic and Rehab is located at 1529 W. Rogers Blvd in Skiatook.
Chamber President Claud Rosendale also discussed some of the progress regarding Big Heart day and will be holding a Big Heart Day planning meeting Tuesday evening at the Barnsdall Community Center at 5:30 pm.
Presidential Primary Quickly Approaching
Osage County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner has some important information for voters as we come closer to the March 1, 2016 Presidential Primary Election.
Polling locations throughout Osage County will be open from 7am through 7pm on Tuesday, March 1. Voters are urged to bring either their Voter ID card or a Government issued ID card, or both, to speed up the verification process at your identified polling location.
Additionally, ballots will only be counted if they are filled out with blue or black ink. If the voter makes an error they are to take the ballot to precinct officials, who will destroy it and issue a new ballot.
Voters without ID, or whose names are not found in the Precinct Registry, or voters who disagree with the information shown in the Registry, may always cast a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after election day if the voter’s information can be verified by the County Election Board.
Below are a list of Voting/Polling locations throughout Osage County
Presidential Preferential Primary:
Precinct 101 – Bowring School, 87 CR 3304, Bowring
Precinct 102 – Strikeaxe Non-Profit Water Office, 811 CR 2425, Okesa
Precinct 103 – Shidler Community Building, 269 S Cosden, Shidler
Precinct 105 – McCord Senior Citizens, 115 Mary Road, Ponca City
Precinct 106 – Burbank Town Hall, 105 S First St, Burbank
Precinct 107 – Presbyterian Church, 101 E 12th St, Pawhuska
Precinct 108 – Calvary Baptist Church, 620 E 15th St, Pawhuska
Precinct 109 – Osage Hills School, 225 CR 2706, Bartlesville
Precinct 110 – Barnsdall City Hall/PSO Building, 409 W Main, Barnsdall
Precinct 111 – Assembly of God, 413 Highland Ave, Wynona
Precinct 112 – Avant Community Center, 306 S Havens, Avant
Precinct 113 – Shidler Community Buidling, 269 S Cosden, Shidler
Precinct 201 – Church of Christ Annex, 1900 W Rogers Blvd, Skiatook
Precinct 202 – Transformation Church-Greenwood, 1519 W Pine, Tulsa
Precinct 203 – First Baptist Church, 825 W Rogers Blvd, Skiatook
Precinct 204 – Osage Oaks Church of God, 2100 W 93rd N St, Sperry
Precinct 205 – Black Dog Fire Station, 495 N 52nd W Ave, Tulsa
Precinct 301 – First Osage Baptist Church, 236 S Main, Fairfax
Precinct 302 – New Hope Christian Fellowship, 161 N 5th St, Fairfax
Precinct 303 – Braden Community Center, 1022 Braden School Rd, Ponca City
Precinct 305 – Prue City Hall, 202 S Main, Prue
Precinct 306 – First Assembly of God, 313 S She She, Hominy
Precinct 307 – First Baptist Church, 202 S Price, Hominy
Precinct 308 – Keystone Hills Baptist Church, 161 New Prue Rd, Sand Springs
Precinct 309 – Rock Fire Dept. Station #1, 7716 Zink Rd, Skiatook
Precinct 310 – Gilcrease Hills Club House, 1919 W Seminole St, Tulsa
Precinct 311 – Gilcrease Hills Club House, 1919 W Seminole St, Tulsa
Precinct 312 – Community Assembly Church, 2247 N State Hwy 97, Sand Springs
Don't Forget to Vote Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
For more election-related information, call the Osage County Election Board at (918) 287-3036 or visitwww.elections.ok.gov.
Boil Water Order in Barnsdall is OVER
After eight days and the use of many bottles of water, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has lifted the boil water order in Barnsdall. Mayor Brock Moore issued the good news just after noon on Saturday. The National Guard was brought in by Osage County Emergency Management Director Jerry Roberts last Saturday. The Central Baptist Church in Owasso delivered 17,000 bottles of water to the citizens of Barnsdall on Thursday evening.
Brock Moore said the water situation has been his first priority since becoming mayor.
Water samples were submitted to the DEQ every day since the order was issued. Water standards had to meet requirements for three days in a row before the order could be lifted.
Six days ago, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality issued a mandatory boil water order for Barnsdall and Rural Districts #5 and # 15. As of Thursday morning, that order is still in effect. The National Guard is supplying water to local residents bringing their own containers. Mayor Brock Moore said the water situation has been his first priority since becoming mayor.
Moore expects to get an update from DEQ officials on Thursday afternoon. A little good news:
Mindy Russell and Central Baptist Church of Owasso will deliver bottled water to Barnsdall Thursday evening around 6:30pm.