Avant

Out of prison, then back to jail

Out of prison, then back to jail

An Avant man did a jailhouse turn and burn on Thursday of last week, when he was released from prison after serving three years for manslaughter then within hours managed to earn a spot in the Osage County Jail for assaulting several law enforcement officers. Russell Goddard, 40, got home to Avant and made his […]


4H Junior livestock show

4H Junior livestock show

StandingBear and Gray, Red Corn and Proctor, to face off in Osage elections for top tribal positions

StandingBear and Gray, Red Corn and Proctor, to face off in Osage elections for top tribal positions

Less than 90 minutes after the polls closed Monday night, the unofficial results were in for the Osage Nation’s first primary election for its executive branch offices. With Geoffrey StandingBear receiving more than 60 percent of the votes cast in the principal chief’s race, only 12 ballots separated the second and third place finishers. Despite […]


Teen charged in 2nd stabbing murder

Teen charged in 2nd stabbing murder

Two weeks after police made the grisly discovery of two women who had been stabbed to death in Skiatook, a second murder charge has been filed against the grandson of the eldest victim. Prosecutors in Tulsa County filed the charge Tuesday against Michael Devin Stanley, 19, accusing him of killing his great-grandmother, Esther Driskell, 74, […]


Avant man bound over on sex charge

An Avant man was bound over for trial on a child molestation charge Monday, but serious questions arose about the case because the key reporting witness recanted her allegations that led to his arrest. Charles Tatum, 43, is accused of one count of lewd molestation and resisting arrest; on Monday, Special District Court Judge Stuart […]


Fire takes all in Avant

Fire takes all in Avant

On Monday afternoon, Connie Cornett was painting her kitchen in Avant when she heard a crackling noise. She walked into her den to figure out what it was, saw nothing, and went back to work on her renovation project. The weird noises continued, and when she took another look, she found her couch had turned […]


At last, but sadly posthumously, a World War II veteran gets his POW medal

At last, but sadly posthumously, a World War II veteran gets his POW medal

Jesper Gosney was never one to boast of his service during World War 11, when he flew 31 missions over Europe before being blasted from the sky and taken prisoner of war. But in his final year, the Avant native confided to fellow veteran Gary Forbes, a retired lieutenant colonel, that he had never received […]


2013: A look back

2013: A look back

Happy New Year and may 2014 be perpetually happy. Here is a look back at the stories we wrote about in 2013. January 3 The body of Timothy Hauser, 62, is found in a briar patch. He has been missing since leaving the Bartlesville casino early Aug. 9 and the discovery of the body leads […]


Eastwood formally charged in Avant FD break-in, arson

Eastwood formally charged in Avant FD break-in, arson

A Skiatook teen has been formally charged Tuesday afternoon in the Avant Fire Department break-in and arson, and at least one juvenile has confessed to being his accomplice. Harvey Gene Eastwood, 19, has been charged with third-degree arson, two counts of second-degree burglary and larceny of an auto. He was arrested Thursday. Eastwood, and at […]


One arrest made in Avant Fire Department break-in, arson

One arrest made in Avant Fire Department break-in, arson

One arrest has been made in the Avant Fire Department break-in and truck arson Dec. 4. Harvey Gene Eastwood, 19, has been arrested on charges of arson, two counts of second-degree burglary and larceny of an auto Thursday. Vandals stole the volunteer fire department’s main truck, a 2008 Ford F350, after breaking into the building […]


One confession, no arrests in Avant Fire Department break-in

One confession, no arrests in Avant Fire Department break-in

A juvenile confessed to the destruction of the Avant Fire Department’s office and a truck arson that destroyed the volunteer department’s most valued vehicle last week. Although there could be more than one suspect, the sheriff’s department was not ready to release how many suspects they have identified. No arrests had been made by Tuesday […]


CASA auctions off birdhouses, aprons

CASA auctions off birdhouses, aprons

The local CASA fundraiser will have a new twist this year, one you can tie around your waist before cooking Christmas dinner: Hand-decorated aprons. “I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner,” said Helen Norris, project director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. “A person can only have so many birdhouses. I have […]


A POW and a friendly face

A POW and a friendly face

Jesper Gosney, a World War II gunner and prisoner of war who faced more than one near-death experience during that conflict, was a perpetually warm, welcoming face in the small town of Avant. Known as Avant’s designated driver because he was always sober and always willing to give a lift to someone who was not, […]


Healthy fighting in a food desert

A grassroots effort to establish local sources of fresh food got underway Thursday evening, with a meeting of 20 people, including several Americorps workers deployed in Osage County to help with the project. “This is the first of quite a few meetings we will have,” said Gail Boe, director of the Osage Nation’s Communities of […]


Sports Results from Aug. 13 – Aug. 19

Tues., Aug. 13 Barnsdall softball vs Skiatook Rained out Skiatook softball vs Barnsdall See Barnsdall softball Skiatook volleyball vs Collinsville 24-26, 25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 15-9; Skiatook Thurs., Aug. 15 Barnsdall softball vs Caney Valley 7-3, Barnsdall Pawhuska softball at Cushing Tourn G1: Agra 1, Pawhuska 0 G2: Drummright 7, Pawhuska 0 Skiatook vball vs Catoosa […]


New Avant quarry

Anchor Stone, a company based in Tulsa, will be opening a new quarry near Avant. The company did not return a call Tuesday but the Osage County Commissioners dedicated an easement Monday on County Road 3908 for the new quarry. Anchor Stone will maintain the road for use by their equipment. By Louise Red Corn


For kids, a ballet of dreams

For kids, a ballet of dreams

Most kids in Osage County – or anywhere else, for that matter – can only dream of performing on stage alongside seasoned professionals, especially alongside ballet dancers who generally limit themselves to audiences in large cities. But 30 children, many of them Osage and from Pawhuska, Skiatook and other towns in Osage County, attained that […]


Avant Seniors get some meals

Avant has the second highest percentage of elderly residents in Osage County, second only to Foraker, but it has had no senior center since one closed a few years ago. The Osage County Commissioners and the county senior nutrition program are hoping that might change. On Monday, Commissioners approved an agreement in which the nutrition […]


Fighting big tobacco with simple policy

Fighting big tobacco with simple policy

Another Pawhuska business has become officially smoke free and breathe easy last week through the Osage Nation Communities of Excellence program. Pawhuska has several smoke-free business, and the latest addition is Tallgrass Prairie Flowers, owned by Tina and Tony Avallone. “People don’t realize the secondhand effects,” Tina Avallone said. “I want people to respect not […]


Skiatook motorcyclist critically hurt in Javine Hill wreck

A Skiatook man was critically injured in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday evening when a car failed to yield to him on Javine Hill Road, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Douglas Wilson, 27, was admitted to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa after the 7:04 p.m. wreck. According to a report by Trooper Brian Rose, […]


Tiny cowboy wins mutton busting competition

Tiny cowboy wins mutton busting competition

The Avant Fire Department fundraising rodeo in Skiatook this weekend wasn’t just for adults, little half-pints got to participate as well, riding wild furry beasts and holding on for dear life. Mutton busting, an event in which a child tries to ride a sheep for eight seconds or as long as he or she can […]


Rodeo raises money for fire department

Head to Skiatook to watch bronc riders and mutton busters in the second annual Avant fire department fundraising rodeo this weekend. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on June 14 and 15 at the Roundup Club in Skaitook, near highways 20 and 11. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to […]


DEQ releases mercury advisory for 32 lakes

It’s fishing season, but county residents should be aware of a potential mercury risk. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) found 32 state lakes, including Skiatook Lake and Kaw Reservoir, that have fish containing mercury levels above what is considered “safe for unlimited consumption,” according to a DEQ press release Thursday. Birch Lake, Lake […]


Barnsdall police chief resigns

Barnsdall police chief resigns

Barnsdall police chief Shane Davis, offered options he found unacceptable, resigned last week from the top cop job, leaving city officials once again in search of a replacement. “We gave him some options and he didn’t like them,” Cole said Wednesday after Davis tendered his resignation. Davis was involved in a one-car accident on Monday, […]