Osage County will be holding a free dump day sponsored by the City of Pawhuska and the Osage County Commissioners on Saturday, March 30.
Items may be dropped off at various locations between 8 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.
Items being accepted include household appliances, furniture, mattresses, box springs, wood and brush. You may also drop off passenger tires as long as you leave off the rims. Items that won’t be accepted include trash, paint, chemicals and any hazardous waste materials.
For those of you living in District Number One, items can be dropped off at 8th and Pecan in Pawhuska or 60810 on State Highway 11 in Shidler. You can also drop them off at 516 S. 5th Street in Barnsdall.
If you live in District Two, items may be dropped off at 2850 W. 133rd Street North in Skiatook.
In District Three, items can be dropped off at 604 Cotton Gin in Hominy or 100 N. 1st Street in Fairfax.
For more information, call 1-800-259-1570.
The Pawhuska City Council met for a regular scheduled meeting Tuesday evening at City Hall.
Bill Todd, the Administrator and Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, was at the meeting making a recommendation to make an ordinance regarding fencing along residential property.
Bill Hughes, a Code Enforcer for the city, added very few cities in the state allow front yard fences. Those fences are are less than four feet tall. Hughes said no city allows a privacy fence in the front yard.
After hearing from Todd and Hughes, the council passed a resolution with a 3-2 vote allowing for the front yard fence to be no higher than four feet. Subjects must also be able to see through the fence.
The Council also sent out bids for two backup generators for the city of Pawhuska. They sent out bids last month as well, but the two generators they got weren't what they had hoped for.
When hiring a contractor for a home improvement or business project, Chief Building Official Trey Yankovich says it is important to make sure they have a proper license.
Yankovich stated that everyone who does business in Bartlesville must be licensed through the City of Bartlesville, and sometimes the state of Oklahoma, as well.
He went on to say that anyone hired to do home or business improvement jobs must hold a City business license and those performing electrical, plumbing or mechanical work must also hold a State license.
Yankovich also said it is important for citizens to check if their contractor has insurance, as those certificates can lapse at any time. He says the City of Bartlesville has no way of knowing that.
City permits might also be required for work to be done. To check this, citizens can contact the Community Development Department at 918-338-4238.
The Osage Board of County Commissioners met for a regular scheduled meeting at the courthouse in Pawhuska Monday morning and things went smoothly.
After a week of allowing the county's legal representatives to look over the inter-local agreement between the commissioners and the city of Fairfax, it is now official that the town will get $5,500 of aid in emergency medical services. Miller EMS had been charging Fairfax and the surrounding area $7,500 a month to serve the town. That price went up to $13,000 effective March 1, forcing the town of Fairfax to ask for help in paying for the services.
The womens building at the Osage County Fairgrounds could soon be getting a face-lift, as the Commissioners signed a resolution advertising bids to make improvements to the building. This is something District One Commissioner Randall Jones has wanted to do from the very beginning.
The Commissioners signed a yearly contract with AT&T for the Sheriff's Department to continue getting service with the company. They also purchased a new eventide voice recorder for 911. This cost $31,712 and money is coming out of the E-911 account.
The next regular scheduled board of county commissioners meeting is scheduled for this coming Monday at 10 in the morning at the courthouse in Pawhuska.
Three suspects were back in court for a preliminary hearing Monday morning for the alleged murder of John Adkins.
Maurice Kent, Daniel Keene and Toby Bighorse are being charged with first degree murder or alternative murder in the second degree and the judge believes there is enough probable cause to move forward with the case. A district court arraignment date is set for April 15 at 1:30 in the afternoon.
At the preliminary hearing, the State presented two witnesses who have participated in the investigation. The first was Bill Gee, a Deputy for the Osage County Sheriff's Office.
Gee and his team of investigators were the first to come across Adkins' body a few miles north of Pawhuska. Upon returning to the Sheriff's Office, Gee was able to speak with all three suspects.
The three suspects admitted that Bighorse was the one who struck Adkins with a hatchet over the side of the head. Gee said that Kent stated he pulled out a knife to force Adkins out of the car. Kent then cut Adkins more than once on the arm. Kent also said he later returned to the scene of the fight to look for his glasses and necklace.
Bighorse told Gee there was talks of the three robbing Adkins that evening because he had been paid by the VA earlier in the day. She went on to tell Gee that after the fight they went to a friend's house and hid the knife and shirt.
Gee recounted Keene saying he got out of the car during the altercation, but there was no evidence to show Keene partook in the fight. Keene did throw Adkins' phone out the window as they drove off.
The Defense questioned Gee in regards to the Medical Examiner's report, as the report doesn't show a clear representation of how he died. The Defense also asked why there was $409 dollars found in Adkins' pocket, along with a debit card if the suspects were trying to rob him.
After a brief recess, Osage County Sheriff's Office Investigator Robert Testerman was called to the stand. Testerman testified that he served a warrant to Kent's home upon his arrest to look for evidence. Testerman stated that he found what is believed to be a debit card belonging to Adkins, along with his wallet. Testerman also found a knife consistent with the one used to cut Adkins.
The Pawhuska School Board met Monday evening in the Administration Building and a number of items got approved.
Superintendent David Cash presented the board with the idea of a “senior class.” Beginning next year, the seniors will begin taking this class preparing them for life beyond high school.
Pawhuska Indian Camp Elementary Principal Amy Sanders got her contract renewed for the 2019-2020 school year. The same can be said for Elementary Principal Byron Cowan, High School Principal Lauri Lee and Athletic Director Chris Walker. Walker also serves as the Assistant Principal at the high school. The board also accepted the resignation of Girls Basketball Coach Ernie Barnett.
The school board also had to approve a new medical marijuana policy, meaning if teachers have a license to smoke marijuana, they can not be discriminated against. They also can't be terminated.
A press-box that has stood for around 40 years above the Barnsdall football field got torn down this week. The new and improved press-box is expected to be complete by August 1 and football coach Kylee Sweeney is excited.
Not only will it be more luxurious for coaches and media members, but more importantly Sweeney says it will serve as an EF 5 FEMA rated tornado storm shelter for the community.
The press-box will also come equipped with new restrooms, a speaker system and a new concession stand. The bond that got passed also included new locker rooms, a new weight room and a new wrestling facility. This was the first athletic bond passed in Barnsdall since 1976.
The Pawhuska School Board will meet for a regular scheduled meeting Monday evening at 5:30 in the Administration Building and the board will examine a number of items.
Among other personnel matters, the board will accept the resignation of high school girls basketball coach Ernie Barnett, effective March 4.
The board will be presented with the school's accountability performance. They will also vote to approve the new medical marijuana policy, which was part of a bill passed by state lawmakers.
Under the consent agenda items, board members will vote to send the high school cheer squad to a camp in Stillwater this June. They will also vote to allow the junior high cheer squad to go to Tulsa for a cheer camp in the same month.
The Board will vote on extending the agreement between Pawhuska Public Schools and Tri-County technology Center, which allows students to get credits in math and science classes. There will also be discussion in regards to the 2019-2020 academic calendar year.
Ed Calianese of the Tulsa National Weather Service was at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska Thursday evening discussing the best possible ways to stay safe from damaging storms.
Calianese adds it is important for the public to stay weather aware and pay heed to any warning that the county might be under.
Last year, there were 10 tornado related deaths in the United States. As of Thursday, that number has already reached 25. Calianese says there is no way to tell if this trend will continue or not. Calianese added a great tool to stay weather aware is weather.gov/tulsa.
Daniel Keene, Maurice Kent and Toby Bighorse are all due back in court for a preliminary hearing Monday morning for the murder of John Adkins. They are all being charged in the alleged first degree or second degree murder of Adkins, which took place on October 1.
The four were believed to be traveling in a car north of Pawhuska when an argument broke out and Adkins was stabbed and killed. His body was found 17 days later approximately one mile north of Pawhuska.
The hearing is set to start at 9 a.m. at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.