A personal injury collision occurred in Osage County. The accident happened three miles east of Barnsdall.
A motorcycle being driven by 22-year old Javier L. Garcia was traveling westbound on County Rd. 2420 when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road. Garcia departed the roadway to the right, overturning coming to rest on its left side. He was transported by Miller EMS to the OSU Medical Center in Tulsa with internal trunk injuries, but is listed in good condition.
The cause of the collision appears to be unsafe speed on a curve. Garcia was wearing a helmet.
As election results roll in on KWON AM 1400 and FM 93.3 later this evening, there will be several local Osage County races that we will be keeping an eye on.
County Commissioner for district two, Kevin Paslay has opted not to run for a second term. Scott Hilton, a democrat who formerly held Paslay’s seat will be running against Joe Williams in the democratic primary. Tom Teel and Steve Talburt will be going against each other on the republican side of things.
Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden, a republican will be running against Rocky Davis. There are no democrats in that race.
The councilman-at-large seat in Pawhuska will be between the incumbent, Rodger Milleson and Steven Tolson.
Citizens in the far eastern part of the county will have a chance to vote on the Bartlesville Board of Education Seat, which Andrea Nightingale currently holds. Robert Wall is running against her.
Woodland Public Schools also has a school board election between John Watts and Jeff Nieman.
Coverage of the election will begin shortly after 7 p.m. and will be brought to you by Phillips 66, Tolson Insurance Agency and Chenoweth & Cohen Realty.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting at the fairgrounds on Monday morning and got a number of things accomplished.
Executive Director for Osage County Tourism, Kelly Bland was at the meeting two weeks ago giving a presentation about re-directing advertising dollars that she believes would better publicize local events and get more people to the area. This would cost around $70,000.
She was back to give the formal presentation this week to see if the commissioners would approve the contract. District one commissioner Randall Jones voiced concerns over the fact that he wouldn’t know where the advertising dollars are going before they were spent, but they ultimately approved the contract for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. This will allow the tourism board to be more flexible on where advertising dollars are being spent and if at any time they feel like thing aren’t going well, the contract can be terminated.
Osage County Emergency Manager Jerry Roberts informed the commissioners that most of the COVID-19 cases have been occurring in the southern part of the county. He added that it has been more than 30 days since a death has occurred. Courthouse procedures will continue to remain the same, though.
The commissioners renewed an agreement with Pinnancle Towers, LLC for lease space at a telecommunications facility at the Hominy Tower. They also signed the title sheet for a project taking place at Kelley Ave. and City View Rd. This has been a 12-year project that is about to be completed.
In new business, Jones informed the public that Jerry Howerton’s memorial service will be delayed until further notice. Howerton was the previous commissioner for district one.
The next regularly scheduled board of Osage County Commissioners meeting will be next Monday at 10 o’ clock in the morning at the Osage County Fairgrounds.
It has been more than 30 days since a death occurred due to COVID-19 in Osage County, but case numbers continue to rise. The Board of Osage County Commissioners have been keeping a tab on those numbers on a weekly basis and deciding what it is best to do in relation to allowing the public access to county-owned buildings, including the courthouse. Emergency Manager Jerry Roberts told the commissioners where the main concentration of cases are coming from.
Roberts told the commissioners they could leave things as is for the next 30 days as opposed to re-visiting this item each week. The commissioners felt it would be best to touch on the subject each week if something were to change, though.
The Pawhuska Class of 2020 was recognized Friday evening for their many achievements and accomplishments. The original graduation date had been set for the third Friday in May, but safety restrictions forced the school to push the date back. After the adversity they have faced, Superintendent David Cash says he is very proud of the 43 seniors that received their diplomas Friday evening.
Shelby Bute was the class valedictorian and Sarah McNeil was was the class salutatorian. The class song is “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts and the class motto is: The hardest battle you will face in life is to be no one but yourself in a world which is trying its hardest to make you like everyone else.
Congratulations to the Pawhuska Class of 2020.
It was a strange way to end the school year, but 43 seniors from Pawhuska High School will get their proper recognition Friday night at Ormond-Beach Memorial Stadium. Superintendent David Cash sayshe is proud of what this class has been able to accomplish.
If you are unable to attend, you may listen to the broadcast on Sportstalk KPGM FM 99.1. The broadcast is made possible thanks to Triangle Serum, The Housing Authority of Osage County and The City of Pawhuska-Public Works Authority. It will also be streaming on the free to download Bartlesville Radio app and on bartlesvilleradio.com.
If attending in person, the administration asks that you adhere to the social distancing guidelines put in place by the CDC. While not required to wear a mask, it is strongly encouraged. Friday evening’s broadcast will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Bevan Creek Bridge project has been complete for a few weeks now, but local and state leaders gathered Friday morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the occasion. This is a bridge along what is known as old highway 75. District Three Commissioner Mike Dunlap says this was a long project in the making.
Congressman Kevin Hern’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Robert Acry told the crowd that Hern is proud of what they had been able to accomplish.
Dunlap hopes to move forward with two more bridge projects in the near future.
Dunlap is planning on making improvements to a bridge north of Ramona and in the Vera area as well. Both bridges are along old highway 75.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners will meet at the fairgrounds this Monday for a regularly scheduled meeting and they will make a number of important decisions for the county.
Osage County Tourism Director Kelly Bland presented the commissioners with a different option to direct their advertising dollars. This would be a contract and bulk media buy with Slick Engine for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners will consider signing a contract with AF3 Technical Solutions that would provide website hosting, e-mail services, support services and maintenance services for the server, workstations and laptops.
The commissioners will consider signing a resolution to renew a tower site lease with Pinnacle Towers, LLC for lease space at the telecommunication facility at the Hominy Tower.
The meeting begins at 10 o’ clock in the morning for those interested in attending.
On Tuesday evening, Bartlesville Police Officers were dispatched to 1421 SW Santa Fe Ave. where they arrested a man who is being charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
A probable cause affidavit states that the defendant, Kyle Sanders, confronted the victim in the parking lot of the Brookhaven apartments. Sanders attempted to get the victim inside his vehicle, but she refused. When the victim attempted to leave the area with another person, Sanders rammed the front bumper of that vehicle with his own vehicle several times.
The affidavit goes on to say that the victim then called police and attempted to make Sanders stay until police arrived. While standing in front of Sanders’ vehicle, he drove off and the vehicle struck the victim on the arm and leg. Two witnesses confirmed that Sanders rammed the vehicle several times and then hit the victim with his own vehicle while leaving the parking lot. The officer took a picture of two red marks on the victim’s forearm.
Bond for Sanders was set at $100,000 on the condition he has no contact with the alleged victim.
Forbes Magazine has placed Arvest Bank on its “Best-In-State Banks 2020” list for Missouri and Oklahoma. Earlier in the month, Forbes Magazine honored Arvest Bank for being ranked as one of the top 10 U.S. banks.
These lists are based on an independent survey of more than 25,000 U.S. consumers who were asked to rate banks that they have or previously had checking accounts. Kim Adams, President of the Arvest Bank in Bartlesville had this to say:
“We are honored by this recognition. Our customers continue to find value in the financial solutions we provide, as well as the way we deliver service to them. We are grateful to work with so many wonderful customers in our area.”
Survey participants made recommendations regarding overall satisfaction and assessed banks in trust, terms and conditions, branch service, digital service and financial service.