The Board of Osage County Commissioners had a productive meeting at the fairgrounds on Monday morning and got a number of things accomplished.
District one commissioner Randall Jones told the public that he is continuing to work on getting as many air purifiers as possible for each county-owned buildings. These purifiers help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The commissioners reviewed and approved the financial report from the nutrition department for the three month period, which ended in December of last year.
The commissioners took no action regarding making possible amendments for those entering the Osage County Courthouse or other county-owned buildings.
A letter was signed with Guy Engineering, which will allow them to continue working on a project in district two. This dealt with utilities that needed to be re-located in district two. Roper Rd. will now be removed from ODOT inventory in district two as well.
The next regularly scheduled Board of Osage County Commissioners meeting will be next Monday at 10 o' clock in the morning.
Former Osage County Sheriff George Wayman passed away at the age of 93 over the weekend. Wayman served as Osage County Sheriff from 1955 to 1989 and is credited with help organize the Oklahoma Sheriff's Association in 1970 and serving on the Oklahoma Crime Commission under three governors. Wayman was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in 2015.
Current Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden had the opportunity to know Wayman and had nothing but good things to say about him.
The Osage County Jail is named in Wayman's honor. Virden, along with the entire Sheriff's Department, send their condolences to the Wayman family.
Early Monday morning, a young male wandered off into the woods near the Osage Hills State Park. Family notified the Osage County Sheriff' Office of this and they began searching for the subject at around 3 a.m. Sheriff Eddie Virden says he appeared a couple of hours later.
He has been checed out by medical personnel and is doing fine.
The Osage County Republican Party has voted to censure Oklahoma Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe at the 2021 biennial convential. They are demanding their immediate resignation for their failure to support Donald Trump and the will of their constituents.
A Facebook post from the Osage County Republican Party states that both senators are welcome to attend and address the party and defend their actions.
The Bartlesville Police Department is investigating two seperate reports of overdoses that occurred early Saturday morning, one of which was fatal. Police Captain Jay Hastingsgoes into further detail as to what occured.
The investigation is ongoing at this time and we will have updates as they become available.
Former Osage County Sheriff George Wayman has passed away at the age of 93. Wayman served as Osage County Sheriff from 1955 to 1989 and is credited with help organize the Oklahoma Sheriff's Association in 1970 and serving on the Oklahoma Crime Commission under three governors. Wayman was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in 2015. Wayman was the youngest Sheriff ever elected and has served twice as long as any other Sheriff.
A post on the Osage County Sheriff's Facebook page quotes Wayman as saying, “I loved being in law enforcement because it was never like a job to me. I always treated people with dignity and respect and never lied to them.”
(Photo Courtesy of the Osage County Sheriff's Facebook Page.)
Any Native American over the age of 55 with a CDIB card is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this Saturday at the Osage Nation Cultural Center. The Osage Nation Health Center is hosting a drive-thru clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A current and active health chart with the Osage Nation Health Department is required to get the vaccine. In order to get that, go to osagenation.gov and access the, “new patient application.”
Due to a rise in positive COVID-19 cases, Barnsdall Public Schools had went to virtual learning this week with the hopes of returning to school today. Reports indicate that students and staff members continue to test positive for the coronavirus, forcing the school to extend the virtual learning plan through Tuesday with plans to return to school on Wednesday. Basketball and wrestling matches scheduled for that Tuesday evening have been canceled.
Students in first through twelfth grade will be able to find classwork on Google Classroom, while those in Pre-K and kindergarten will do assignments not requiring parents to pick up packets at the school. Those teachers will be in communication with parents and guardians on how to proceed.
Lunches will be available at the elementary circle drive on Monday and Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. If you would like a lunch, call the school at 918-847-2271.
Osage County and the surrounding area hasn’t gotten a significant amount of rain since the start of the New Year and Osage County Emergency Manager Jerry Roberts is beginning to get concernedabout the dry conditions across the area.
Roberts says any type of ignition source can start these grass fires, rather it be welding, burning trash or cutting trees. Roberts says one spark can start the fire and begin to spread it. Looking at the extended forecast from the National Weather Service, Osage County is expected to get some rain on Sunday night into Monday.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners will meet for a regularly scheduled meeting at the fairgrounds this Monday to discuss an assortment of items.
The commissioners will have continued discussion regarding the possibility of making amendments for the public entering the Osage County Courthouse or other county-owned buildings.
There will be discussion to possibly approve and sign a resolution to declare property as surplus. This property includes a snowplow, generator and vactor truck.
The commissioners will also review the second quarter nutrition 520 financial report and possibly sign a letter with Guy Engineering, allowing them to move forward with the completion of a project.
The meeting begins at 10 o’ clock in the morning for those interested in attending.