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Ascension Jane Phillips to Temporarily Close Fitness Center

Mar 19, 2020

Following recommendations regarding public health concerns related to COVID-19, the Ascension St. John Jane Phillips Wellness Connection Fitness Center in Bartlesville and the Ascension St. John Jane Phillips Health for Life Fitness Center in Independence, KS, will temporarily close effective imm ... read more »

Four Arrests Made; Victim Identified in Homicide Investigation

Mar 18, 2020

Four people have been arrested in connection to the Tuesday death of Charles Bethel in Bartlesville. Omar Marano, Cynthia Fish and Amber Hall all made court appearances in Washington County on Wednesday. Bartlesville Police Sergeant Daniel Elkins was on the lookout for a fourth suspect, Austi ... read more »

Former Ponca City Nursing Home Resident Tests Positive for COVID19

Mar 18, 2020

A former resident of Ponca City Nursing and Rehabilitation tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 17th, as Oklahoma nursing facilities pursue aggressive tactics to fight the virus in their homes. According to a release from Care Providers Oklahoma on Wednesday, the resident was discha ... read more »

Pawhuska Hires Interim City Manager, Talks Coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020

The Pawhuska City Council held a special called meeting Wednesday evening to appoint an interim city manager after Dave Neely turned in his resignation last Friday. City Clerk Tonya Bright was hired on to fill that void for the time being, but there were other items the council needed to discuss ... read more »

Airports Seeing the Effects of Coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020

For the most part, The Tulsa International Airport continues to operate business as usual in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. The Director of Airport Development and Marketing, Andrew Pierini did say they are taking extra precautions to keep surfaces clean.   Pierini went on to ... read more »

Tri County Tech Closes Child Development Center Until April 6th

Mar 18, 2020

Tri County Tech’s CEO and Superintendent Lindel Fields says they are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and that they are closing their Child Development Center until April 6th. In a statement released on Wednesday, Fields said: “Social distancing is one of the essential ... read more »

Red Cross is in Desperate Need for Blood Donors

Mar 18, 2020

Nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in some 86,000 fewer blood donations. The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the corona ... read more »

Washington County Releases Potentially At-Risk Prisoners

Mar 18, 2020

Washington County Sheriff Scott Owen confirmed that 4-6 prisoners have been released from the Washington County Detention Center. The prisoners have been released on their own-recognizance which means they can bond out without a fee but are still responsible for all future legal proceedings. Owen ... read more »

District Judge Publishes Protocol for Court Going Forward

Mar 18, 2020

District judge Linda Thomas released a protocol document about how court cases will proceed in the near future. If you or someone you know has a pending or ongoing case you are encouraged to read this document.  These are temporary measures as the courthouse is currentyl restricting aces ... read more »

Nowata County Imposing Shutdown

Mar 18, 2020

The City of Nowata announced it will close its doors earlier and now the county has made similar action. A resolution was approved during an emergency meeting to shut down the courthouse and all other buildings until April 6th. The resolution will be effective as of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Th ... read more »

BPS Purchases 275 Hotspots for Students, Staff to Use

Mar 18, 2020

During a special Bartlesville Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, 275 cellular hotspots were purchased to help Bartlesville Public Schools through the pandemic and beyond. Superintendent Chuck McCauley said this will help them tear down a divisional divide for the students and staff that ... read more »

Cox Says Still No Local COVID-19 Cases

Mar 18, 2020

Washington County Emergency Management held a Q&A with citizens on Wednesday morning to answer some of the communities burning questions about the COVID-19 virus. Director Kary Cox says there is a certain question he has gotten again and again. Are there any cases of the virus in Washingt ... read more »

City of Nowata Temporarily Closing Offices

Mar 18, 2020

The City of Nowata is closing off access to its properties until March 31. Nowata becomes the latest municipality to react to COVID-19. The city announced on social media that it feels this is in the best interest of the citizens and staff. All City of Nowata employees will be available by ca ... read more »

Lighthouse Holds Onto Hope, Expresses Needs

Mar 18, 2020

The Lighthouse Outreach Center in Bartlesville has expressed needs that they have for the individuals they serve. Items that they are looking for include paper products (i.e. paper towels, napkins, kleenex boxes, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer. The shelter says these are items they cannot f ... read more »

Council Approves COVID-19 Measures in Emergency Meeting

Mar 18, 2020

The Bartlesville City Council met for an emergency session on Wednesday morning to discuss measures the city is taking due to the COVID-19 virus. The council approved a resolution listing mitigation measures. City Manager Mike Bailey wanted to assure that these are recommendations by the city ... read more »