Osage County

Football season starts in earnest

Football season starts in earnest

Kane elected presiding judge

Osage County District Judge John Kane completed his term as President of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference at their July annual meeting in Norman. The Judicial Conference is the statewide association of trial and appellate judges for the state of Oklahoma. The Judicial Conference is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the continuing education of all […]


Coach goes on trial

Coach goes on trial

After a veritable blizzard of last-minute search warrants and new witness lists, the trial of former Pawhuska High School football coach got underway on Tuesday afternoon. After hearing from four witnesses, little evidence directly connected Scotty Ray Gilkey to the fireworks stand from which he has been accused of feloniously embezzling about $2,500 in the […]


Three arrests, three lawsuits

Osage County is asking a judge to reconsider a ruling in which he issues a summary judgment in favor of a Barnsdall man who claims he was falsely arrested three times. At a hearing on Friday, Wellon Poe, a lawyer for the Board of County Commissioners, said that Judge B. David Gambill had misconstrued several […]


Harris plea done, but barely

Harris plea done, but barely

Hemming and hawing nearly derailed the sentencing of Christopher Beatty Harris late last week, when a judge refused to accept his plea to rape and kidnapping charges, declaring that Harris was “playing games.” The hiccup was one of many that have marked the case as Harris has waffled on plea bargains, complained about his attorney, […]


Free Fair, Free fun

Free Fair, Free fun

Barnsdall football homecoming 2014

Barnsdall football homecoming 2014

Osages rid selves of Hulah

Osages rid selves of Hulah

The Osage Nation is unloading itself of one Osage County park that has proven to be a financial millstone but is considering taking over operation of another park that might hold the promise of paying for itself. Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear said Monday that the nation has sent the Army Corps of Engineers a […]


Investing in a classic

Investing in a classic

The former Bank of Bigheart, long neglected but still proud at the corner of Main and Fifth in Barnsdall, underwent a massive facelift in just one day on Tuesday and by Friday should be sporting all new windows. “I don’t know what I’m doing and if I did know, I probably wouldn’t be doing it,” […]


DHS to release records

DHS to release records

A judge ordered the Oklahoma Department of Human Services on Monday to release confidential records it has on the family of a child who was allegedly sexually molested by a Pawhuska man so he might be able to use it in his defense. DHS had balked at releasing the records, saying that Jack “Rusty” Cheshewalla […]


Osage County proposes social media campaign and hires new EM Director

You might spend a lot of time on Facebook, but some companies want to be handsomely paid for posting updates and tweeting on behalf of the Osage County Tourism  Oversight Committtee. On Monday, county commissioners opened bids for OCTOC’s proposed social media campaign. Five companies bid. The lower: Green Country Marketing, which said it would […]


Two wind suits tossed

Two wind suits tossed

A judge on Thursday threw out two of three lawsuits involving proposed wind farms in Osage County, dealing a blow to the Osage Nation’s efforts to stop a forest of industrial turbines from rising over the tallgrass prairie west of Pawhuska. Ottawa County District Court Judge Robert G. Haney, sitting by special assignment, dismissed both […]


Suit sparks oilfield rule change

Suit sparks oilfield rule change

A federal lawsuit is causing an uproar among many Osages and oil companies, who fear that a judge could order the halt of oil production in the county and thus potentially shut down Osage oil royalty income and cause a tax crisis for public bodies. The case, first filed in Osage County District Court but […]


City manager charged

City manager charged

  City Manager Paul McAlexander, under fire for telling a police officer not to arrest the city attorney for alleged drunken driving on July 3, has been charged with criminally obstructing the officer. The misdemeanor charge was filed Monday afternoon in Osage County District Court at the behest of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation […]


Vet student: DA is angel

Vet student: DA is angel

Chloe Charlton, a fourth-year veterinary student at Oklahoma State University, had a blow-out Friday near Sand Springs on her 12-year-old Land Cruiser, and within minutes an unexpected angel stopped to help her: Osage County District Attorney Rex Duncan. “I was going home to visit my husband in Little Rock and heard a boom,” Charlton said. […]


Lawyer: Suspect in two murders is mentally ill

Lawyer: Suspect in two murders is mentally ill

A preliminary hearing set for Michael Devin Stanley, who is charged with murder in the deaths of his great-grandmother and half sister, was delayed Thursday because his attorney requested his competency be evaluated. Stanley, 20,  of Skiatook, was charged with one count of murder in Osage County and another count in Tulsa County in January. […]


Warrant issued for Pawhuska City Manager

A warrant for the arrest of Pawhuska CIty Manager Paul McAlexander was issued in Osage County District Court on Monday afternoon. McAlexander, who is on vacation in Washington State and not expected back to work until next Tuesday, was formally charged with obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor. According to an affidavit by Oklahoma State […]


Osage school in the offing

Osage school in the offing

Going back to school for Osages could become a very different experience from the usual public school curriculum. Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear has already started working on creating a new school for Osages – and likely non-Osages – by forming a task force to look at establishing a world-class school along the lines of Cascia […]


Roof job could cost freedom

A young man from Pawhuska who was released from prison in May from two high-profile crimes in Ponca City was arrested anew, this time in Pawhuska for a roof-job burglary at the Handy Grocery. It could be a pricey arrest in terms of years: The defendant in the case, Terrrance Lucas Cottingham, 24, is on […]


Deal nixed; man gets 20 years

Deal nixed; man gets 20 years

A Kansas man who was hoping for probation after pleading guilty to six sex counts involving children had no such luck at sentencing on Friday afternoon, when a judge meted out a 20-year prison term. Mark L. Morton, 59. of Sedan, had a battery of supporters at the sentencing and had, at one point, hammered […]


Like father, like daughter

Like father, like daughter

There is now a second Lohah on the Osage Nation Supreme Court. On Thursday, Elizabeth Homer was sworn in as an interim associate justice of the Osage Nation Supreme Court, making her the second generation in her family to serve on the tribe’s judiciary. Her father, Charles Lohah, was the first Osage Supreme Court chief […]


Smokey Bear celebrates 70

Smokey Bear celebrates 70

The 70th birthday of a cuddly but silent American icon who wears 60-by 30-inch Wrangler jeans was celebrated in Pawhuska and Fairfax on Friday, a day ahead of the real birthday of Smokey Bear. In a dark, humble room that morning, a pair of Bureau of Indian Affairs Osage Agency Wildland firefighters, Rann Tingtella and […]


Cattleman of the Year

Cattleman of the Year

Frederick F. Drummond, a man who left the banking industry to take over his family’s ranch when his father fell ill with cancer in 1958, was named the Oklahoma Cattleman of the Year over the weekend. He earned the title not through the prowess of his cowboying skills, but through his business acumen and lifelong […]


11k raised for fallen friend

11k raised for fallen friend

Chunks of dirt flew through the air Sunday afternoon at the Osage County Fairgrounds Arena as a community came together in support of a fallen colleague. Osage County Fairgrounds manager Cecil Gullett III died of a heart attack earlier this month at age 39, leaving behind a wife and three children. In response, several area […]