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Judge case to be argued

Judge case to be argued

The ongoing skirmish between the district attorney and judges over the establishment of a drug court in Pawnee County played out in Bristow on Monday, when Creek County District Court Judge Joe Sam Vassar granted a one-week continuance and set the matter for oral arguments this coming Monday. Duncan has accused Pawnee County Associate District […]


Tribe looks to take over IHS duties

Health care in Osage County may be changing in the near future. With the Osage Nation Health Authority Board confirming it has clean financials over the last three years, the tribe is moving forward to plans to implement a self-governance agreement with Indian Health Services by Oct. 1. More than 60 percent of federally recognized […]


Fugitive shoots, kills himself

Fugitive shoots, kills himself

A man who bolted from police during a Pawhuska traffic stop in January fled again on Thursday evening, this time with disastrous consequences: He shot himself in the head inside a car at the Eastland Shopping Center in Bartlesville. Osage County Undersheriff Lou Ann Brown said that lawmen got word that William David Parks Jr., […]


Spelling Bee yields a champ

Spelling Bee yields a champ

It started off easily enough Wednesday afternoon at the Osage County Spelling Bee. Mass. Gene. Bias. Text. And then the more difficult words came flying towards the 29 kids packed into the Osage County Interlocal Co-op Building: axis, divisor, position, scissors. The first five words in the fourth round – equivalent, parallel, resistance, appendix and […]


Osages celebrate sovereignty

Osages celebrate sovereignty

A single word carries a lot of different meanings to Osage leaders and citizens. In honor of the 2006 ratification of the tribe’s constitution, Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear and other officials with the Osage Nation took to the microphone Wednesday afternoon in the Congressional Chambers to discuss what sovereignty means to them as part […]


Five alarms on Fifth

Five alarms on Fifth

At 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday, my phone made a burbly noise I had never heard before. By the time I realized it was a Facebook phone call from Barnsdall City Treasurer Dianne Garrett, I had missed it. I inwardly cursed Facebook for trying to take over all forms of communication in the world. Then came […]


Oil producers ream BIA ‘vindictiveness’

Oil producers ream BIA 'vindictiveness'

The Osage Producers Association sounded a loud alarm Monday, saying that Osage County’s oil-based economy is starting to belly up and placing the blame squarely on the Bureau of Indian Affairs for “choking out drilling” by forcing those who produce a handful of barrels of oil a day to abide by the same regulations that […]


Grocer, former mayor, charged with theft

Former Barnsdall Mayor Rick Parker, who has lately been managing the grocery store in Pawhuska, was formally charged Tuesday afternoon with feloniously embezzling money from the store. According to the probable cause affidavit for Parker’s arrest, Pawhuska police officer Grant West took a report about the case on Feb. 13. West and Wikel found that […]


Minerals council bows up against oil rules

The Third Osage Minerals Council is pushing back against potential changes to the federal policies overseeing drilling in the Osage Minerals Estate. At Wednesday’s meeting, the council adopted a resolution calling for an indefinite moratorium on the approval and implementation of changes to the Code of Federal Regulations as recommended by a negotiated rulemaking committee. […]


Man dies after ONPD tase

An Osage Nation police officer tased a man who was on top of a security guard and pounding him with his fists near the Tulsa casino on Friday night, and the man almost immediately died. Dead is Terry R. Price, 41, of Tulsa, a man with a record of shooting with intent to kill dating […]


Fire set to cover up murder

Fire set to cover up murder

A man who appeared to have been shot in the head several times was found burned inside his home on Sunday night, and on Monday an arrest warrant was issued for the man investigators believe committed both first-degree murder and arson. The gruesome scene was discovered around 9 p.m. Sunday on Pond Drive near Sand […]


Panthers send 4 to state

Panthers send 4 to state

The Barnsdall Panther wrestlers, led by Coach’s Shawn Wilson and Pat McCarty, made a respectable showing by placing in the fifth spot as a team at the 3A East Regional Tournament that was held Feb. 20 and 21 in Sperry.  Barnsdall placed above the other teams in their district – Tonkawa, Pawhuska, Newkirk, Morrison, and […]


Fire threatens historic Barnsdall block

Fire threatens historic Barnsdall block

A massive fire broke out tonight in the former beauty shop and home of Marvin and Estelle Bridgeford, then spread to the original Bigheart Times printing plant and office, and was threatening the former Knights of Pythias Hall, owned by Ronnie Kelley and which houses several classic cars. When we left, heartbroken and hopeless, the […]


A teacher first, a coach second

A teacher first, a coach second

In an arena jam-packed with teens in singlets, an announcer booming over the loud speaker, parents screaming at the top of their lungs, and red-faced coaches bellowing at the corner of multiple mats, Shawn Wilson is always an island of calm. He rarely, if ever, raises his voice, even when the kid on the mat […]


One vote means no runoff in election

By the narrowest of margins – one vote – Patricia Wilson won a seat on the Pawhuska School Board last week without having to face the No. 2 vote getter, incumbent Tom Boone, in a runoff election. On Tuesday night, the Osage County Election Board believed that Wilson and Boone would be in an April […]


Panthers, Lady Cougars score District wins

Panthers, Lady Cougars score District wins

For several small school Osage County basketball teams, it is now win or go home time. With wins Friday and Saturday night over South Coffeyville and Woodland respectively, Barnsdall High School’s boys team (14-10) is homeward bound for the first round of the Class A regionals. The Panthers will play No. 4 Okay (25-1) at […]


Judge target of search

An an extraordinarily rare move, an investigator for the District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant against a Pawnee County judge, removing the judge’s work computer and other items. The warrant against Judge Patrick Pickerill was served on Jan. 28 and was signed by Clancy Smith, the presiding judge over the state Court of Criminal […]


Hospital health questioned

The board of directors of Pawhuska Hospital is trying to force Jane Phillips Medical Center into living up to its management obligations after an auditor found significant problems in the administration of Pawhuska Hospital. In a summary report dated Jan. 8, Certified Public Accountant Floyd Langley found an array of “risks”  facing Pawhuska Hospital that […]


4-day week may be in future

The majority of people who responded to a survey supported switching from a five-day to a four-day school week, according to results reported to the Pawhuska School Board on Monday, More than 58 percent – 428 of the 557 people who responded to the survey – said that they wanted to go to a four-day […]


Dark days in oil patch

Dark days in oil patch

Osage County is starting to feel the pinch from slumping oil and gas prices. Released Thursday, the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics pegs Osage County’s unemployment rate at 5 percent, up 0.81 percent from the state wide rate and higher than all of its neighboring counties except Pawnee County. However, those […]


Tall of Fame

Tall of Fame

With lots of laughter and inside jokes, three men and one woman who inducted into the Pawhuska Huskies Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday evening. This year’s crop: Lauren Gould Garnett ’04, Louis Surber ’48, Jay Hurt ’62 and Kent May ’71. “Super inductees tonight,” said emcee Travis Finley, suggesting that a team made up […]


No charge filed on cop

Cleveland’s police chief told that city’s newspaper that District Attorney Rex Duncan has indicated he will not file a charge against a police officer and failed Republican candidate for Osage County assessor despite a request by Hominy police that he be charged with assaulting his estranged wife in front of their children. Duncan told the […]


Sporks, bites and bytes

Sporks, bites and bytes

Buzz. Marie Antoinette. Buzz. Eight bits to a byte. Buzz. Spork. For Skiatook High School’s academic team, their ability to quickly recall random bits of information may help them bring home some hardware this weekend. By finishing second at its area tournament last month in Collinsville, the team earned its first berth to the Oklahoma […]


Be gone, beetle

Be gone, beetle

It might sport Huskie colors, but the Osage County Commissioners are not fans of a large beetle that is one of the few to kindly rear its young next to a dead critter that they specially preserve with their own secretions. On Monday, with a bit of joshing and some expressions of frustration, the commissioner […]