Pawhuska

Grave mischief irks victims

Grave mischief irks victims

A one-day blitz of thievery and vandalism at the Pawhuska Cemetery has relatives of the deceased hopping mad and upset but any arrests are unlikely because it was apparently perpetrated by children who were only 7 years old, police say. “I told their parents that they could do more punishment than I could,” said Pawhuska […]


4-day school week nixed

4-day school week nixed

An unusually divided Pawhuska school board voted 3-2 Monday against moving to a four-day school week despite surveys that showed an overwhelming majority of teachers supported the change. The main sticking point for those opposed: They worried that the quality of education would further erode for at-risk, low-performing students who could not be compelled to […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Shooting yields 2nd arrest

A second person has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Pawhuska man in what police reports describe as a drug turf battle. Wesley Wayne Patterson, 23, was taken into custody on a charge of accessory to shooting with intent to kill. Skylar Ames, 23, was arrested shortly after the shooting of 20-year-old […]


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 […]


4-day school week debated

4-day school week debated

The debate over Pawhuska going to a four-day school week continued Thursday evening, when another crowd turned up for a public meeting at the community center. People were divided on the issue, with teachers, mainly, promoting the advantages of the four-day week as a way to attract quality teachers, reduce absenteeism and disciplinary problems, even […]


Vet arrested in shooting

Vet arrested in shooting

A shooting in Pawhuska on Tuesday night has led to the arrest of a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who told police that he was not satisfied with punching his victim so he pulled out his pistol and shot him, too. Skylar Anthony Ames, 23, was booked into the Osage County Jail the night […]


4-day school back on agenda

4-day school back on agenda

A group promoting Pawhuska Schools going to a four-day week will hold a second public hearing on the issue this Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the Dave Landrum Community Center. At a similar meeting last month, the notion was met with some skepticism and many questions went unanswered, but organizers promised more specifics at this […]


Support for 4-day school lukewarm

Pawhuskans at a community meeting to discuss the possibility of the city’s schools going to a four-day week had a lot of questions but got few answers. Hally Hagen popped the first question. “Why is it even being considered and what are the benefits?” she asked. “Why is this even coming up?” Stacy Big Eagle, […]


Gilkey charges dropped

Gilkey charges dropped

Scotty Gilkey, the former Pawhuska High School football coach whose lawyer described him as the victim of small-town vindictiveness, will face no more embezzlement charges connected to a fireworks stand. On Friday, despite the stated intentions of District Attorney Rex Duncan after a jury acquitted Gilkey of felony embezzlement from Pawhuska schools, the prosecution  dropped […]


3.3lbs of weed, guns

Osage Nation Police and county deputies raided a house last Tuesday in Pawhuska’s Indian Camp and discovered more than three pounds of high grade marijuana, a large amount of cash and guns. Arrested then released on a $250 bond set in tribal court was Theodore Brunt, 64, who lives on Wakon Iron. According to an […]


Tough guys take to the mats

Tough guys take to the mats

Huskies mull 4-day school

With schools across Oklahoma facing a teacher shortage, the Pawhuska district is considering condensing its weekly calendar in an effort to draw in more quality applicants. A work group of teachers, parents and community members with Pawhuska Public Schools are researching potentially moving the district to a four-day week, something already in place at Woodland, […]


Caroling in the Cold

Caroling in the Cold

Candidates file for school board, city council

Of the 15 school board seats up for grabs across Osage County school districts this February, only one drew more than one candidate as of the close of the challenge period Friday afternoon. The Pawhuska City Council, which has three seats open, will not see a change in regime: Travis Finley, Mark Buchanan and interim […]


Birdhouse auction this Sunday

The annual Artist Birdhouse and Apron Auction to benefit Pawnee/Osage CASA will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pawhuska on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 4-6 p.m.. Local artists will participate in this unique event, an annual tradition for art enthusiasts and CASA supporters. One-of-a-kind birdhouses and aprons will be auctioned off to […]


McCartney selected for top job out of 9 candidates

The Pawhuska City Coucil received nine applications for the city manager’s position and opted to keep the man they piked for interim city manager: Mike McCartney. City Attorney W. Robert Wilson said that the city would not release the names or resumes of the other eight candidates, citing an exemption to the Oklahoma Open Records […]


Accident darkens Pawhuska

A car accident left a large swath of Pawhuska without electricity on Friday evening after a man snapped a utility pole on Lynn Avenue. According to a Pawhuska police report, Roger Dale Minney was heading north on Lynn near Columbus at 8:24 p.m. when he drifted off the roadway, struck a traffic delineator and several […]


Feds call off temporary injunction, now ask for removal of all structures at Enel’s Osage Wind project

Feds call off temporary injunction, now ask for removal of all structures at Enel's Osage Wind project

The United States is asking to withdraw its request for an injunction to stop the construction of the Osage Wind project because the wind company claims it has already dug all of the pits to install turbines. In addition, the United States struck back at Osage WInd and its owners, ultimately the Italian utility Enel, […]