NOWATA — For the third consecutive week, Nowata County commissioners on Tuesday tabled accepting a donation to the Nowata Sheriff’s Office from the Bartlesville Walmart.


The donated items include crayons, pencils, pens, notebooks, lunch pails, sharpeners and pencil bags, Sheriff Kenny Freeman said. In past meetings, there was some concern about campaigning being conducted at the sheriff’s office booth at the Nowata County Free Fair, and the donated items being used as part of the election campaign.


Freeman and his wife, Chris Freeman, county clerk, have denied those accusations. They have said volunteers at the fair booth were told not to campaign for Kenny Freeman, who was appointed to the position earlier this year. He is up for election in November.


County Commissioner Bud Frost made a motion to table the acceptance of a donation from Walmart in Bartlesville to the Nowata Sheriff’s office pending feedback from the district attorney’s office.


“The D.A. is checking into something, and I’d like to know what it is before I pass it,” Frost said.


The motion to table this item carried. County Commissioner Doug Sonenberg was absent from the county commissioner’s meeting.


County Commissioner Curtis Barnes said as far as he knew there was nothing wrong with the donation.


Barnes asked the location of the donated items.


The donated items were being held in Chris Freeman’s office, the county clerk, where it doesn’t get wet as it does in the sheriff’s department, the sheriff said.


“The sooner it gets to the kids, the better it’s going to be for them,” Barnes said. “If we have time this week, let’s make it a point to find out, so we can get it to them kids …”