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City Recreational Facilities to Remain Open

Mar 20, 2020

The City of Bartlesville recently announced several measures that have been put into place in response to the U.S. outbreak of Covid-19, a coronavirus that the World Health Organization has declared a pandemic, including the reduction of public access in most City facilities. These closures w ... read more »

Osage County Needing Supplies to Protect From the Virus

Mar 19, 2020

There has yet to be a positive test of the coronavirus in Osage County, but Emergency Manager Jerry Roberts says he is running out of protective gear such as masks for county employees. Roberts has asked for help, but has had little response from those at the state level.    &nb ... read more »

Arvest Bank Closing In-Store Branches, Lobbies

Mar 19, 2020

Arvest Bank announced that due to coronavirus concerns it will be shutting down the lobbies of all its branches at this time. This includes all three Bartlesville branches and the Dewey branch as well. The closures will go into effect beginning Friday, March 20. Arvest will continue to offer ... read more »

Former Blue Star Mothers President Charged with Embezzlement

Mar 19, 2020

The former President of the Blue Star Mothers OK19 Chapter in Bartlesville has been arrested on claims that she embezzled close to $50,000 over five years. Angel Barrows appeared at the Washington County Courthouse on Thursday facing a felony count of embezzlement. According to an affidavit, ... read more »

Fourth Man Connected to Tuesday Homicide Appears in Court

Mar 19, 2020

A fourth man connected to the alleged homicide of Charles Bethel has been arrested. Austin Prater appeared at the Washington County Courthouse after being arrested on a warrant on Wednesday night. Prater is being held on recommended charges of conspiracy. According to an affidavit, the statem ... read more »

Dewey Signs Resolution to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

Mar 19, 2020

The Dewey City Council signed a resolution Thursday afternoon that will help to curve the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With this resolution, Mayor Tom Hays hopes to limit the number of people at events and gatherings in public venues. Hays added some advice for Dewey residents.   Th ... read more »

County Court Clerk's Office to Close Until April 6th

Mar 19, 2020

The Washington County Court Clerk’s Office will be closed to the general public until April 6th, at which time they will re-evaluate the situation. Due to the spread of the Coronavirus, their office has determined that limiting the public’s exposure to county employees, and vice v ... read more »

Rep. Fincher Releases Column on COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020

House District 11 Representative Derrel Fincher released a column titled “Governing Through the Challege” on Thursday. Below was his response to COVID-19: “Oklahomans deserve an effective and honorable government in these uncertain times -- a government that is nimble, open ... read more »

State Election Board Declares Election Emergency

Mar 19, 2020

An election emergency was declared on Wednesday for 74 counties holding elections in the state of Oklahoma on Tuesday, April 7th. Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says this emergency declaration will require county election boards to accept resolutions adopted by governing ... read more »

Flooding a Problem in Southern Washington County

Mar 19, 2020

According to the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, the Caney River near Ramona is projected to crest at 26-feet overnight, which puts the river right at the minor flood stage in the southern portion of Washington County. Washington County Emergency Manag ... read more »

Bartlesville Sees Few Power Outages Despite Severe Weather

Mar 19, 2020

The city of Bartlesville saw several power surges throughout the night in light of the severe weather that passed through the area, but Corporate Communications Director for PSO, Stan Whiteford said there were few outages. As of 11 o' clock there were five power outages reported in Bartle ... read more »

Nowata Schools Offering Meals

Mar 19, 2020

Nowata Public Schools joined every other district in the state when it closed its doors after the Oklahoma State Board of Education made its declaration earlier this week. NPS is still offering free meals for those in need. A post on the district website read, “NPS is dedicated to ensur ... read more »

Nowata County Buildings Closed Until April 6

Mar 19, 2020

The Nowata County Commissioners had an emergency meeting yesterday evening to close down all the county buildings to the public due to concerns over COVID-19. People will no longer be permitted into any county buildings, including barns, until April 6, at which time the commissioners will ree ... read more »

First COVID-19 Death in Oklahoma

Mar 19, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health confirmed that Oklahoma has had its first death due to the coronavirus. The patient was a male in his 50s. He tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and passed away on Wednesday. He was one of 29 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as o ... read more »

County Addresses Tax Payments, Limits Building Access

Mar 19, 2020

The Washington County Administration Offices are limiting access to their building to protect staff and the public from the spread of COVID-19. County Treasurer Melissa Thornbrough said this includes her office, the Assessor’s Office, the Clerk’s Office and the Court Clerk’s ... read more »