Pawhuska

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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 […]


P-town avenue could be relocated

P-town avenue could be relocated

The Pawhuska City Council will consider re-routing Grandview Avenue from Ninth to 12th streets onto a roundabout that the Osage Nation is building as part of its $27 million re-do of its campus. The council cannot decide whether to approve the plan – which it rejected earlier this year – until the public has been […]


City manager: 2 weeks no pay

City manager: 2 weeks no pay

The Pawhuska City Council met behind closed doors for 90 minutes on Tuesday evening then issued a decision regarding City Manager Paul McAlexander, who told police not to arrest the city attorney for drunken driving on July 3: McAlexander will receive a letter of reprimand and will be suspended from his job for two weeks […]


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 […]


Five hurt in accident between Wynona and Pawhuska

Five hurt in accident between Wynona and Pawhuska

Five people were injured in an accident on OK 99 near Pawhuska on Wednesday morning. Two of the injured were flown to Tulsa hospitals but were reported to be in stable condition, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Hospitalized were Kaylee McCullough, 16, of Wynona, one of the drivers, Chris McCullough, 38, of Lexington, and a […]


Video: City manager tells officers not to arrest attorney

Video: City manager tells officers not to arrest attorney

The Pawhuska Police “Body Cam” video showing the city manager at the scene of the accident is available at http://youtu.be/Z2m14m8VfAE   In response to an Open Records Act request Monday, Pawhuska Police released a July 3 video in which the city manager clearly tells officers not to arrest City Attorney Jesse J. Worten III after […]


Smoking law passes

It is time to stop smoking in Pawhuska. At least in public places and indoor workplaces. The City Council on Monday night passed a far-reaching ordinance that makes it a crime to smoke tobacco or e-cigarettes in most businesses that are open to the public and in publicly owned buildings. The ordinance will also affect […]


Gullett: A tireless worker

Gullett: A tireless worker

Cecil M. Gullett III, a man whose work schedule knew no limits, died suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday night in Pawhuska, where he was the caretaker of the Osage County Fairgrounds. He was 39 years old, and leaves behind his wife and three children, upon all of whom he doted. The suddenness of […]


Harris sentencing delayed; AIM wants to take a look at case

Harris sentencing delayed; AIM wants to take a look at case

The formal sentencing of a man who pleaded guilty to rape charges in Pawhuska has been delayed because the American Indian Movement is stepping into the case. Christopher Beatty Harris was to have been sentenced June 25 after he pleaded guilty to rape on June 20 and agreed to a 20-year sentence with all but […]


Pawhuska gets some grants

At its meeting Monday evening, the Pawhuska City Council got the news that downtown Streetscape funding is about to be released, giving the green light to spruce the place up. City Manager Paul McAlexander said that he also got the good news that the state has approved a $160,000 grant for the new Ben Johnson […]


Pawhuska City Attorney cited for DUI

Pawhuska City Attorney cited for DUI

Pawhuska City Attorney Jesse J. Worten III was charged with drunken driving on Thursday afternoon after he plowed through a neighbor’s yard then high-centered his convertible on a curb. The incident prompted controversy not for its facts but for how the matter was handled by the city, which opted to file the DUI charge in […]


Trout are out in Pawhuska

The state Wildlife Department says it spent a half-million dollars improving infrastructure at  Lake Pawhuska for the benefit of trout anglers, but will not stock the lake with trout again because it has been at odds with the city over lowering the lake level during trout season. Starting this year, the Wildlife Department will move […]


Ballfields for the future

Ballfields for the future

For Beth Reed and Jerry Mosley, the evolving spread near the old Pawhuska Hospital is not a field of dreams, but an economic sure thing that will benefit Osage County for years to come. If you’ve drive by it, you’ve seen bulldozers working, shaping the earth into what is starting to resemble softball and baseball […]


Calling all budding engineers

The Pawhuska Public Library will have two programs for budding engineers creating with LEGOS. If you like to learn how things work, go to Pawhuska Public Library Thursday June 19 at 1:30 p.m. or Monday June 23 at 1:30 p.m. Thursday’s program is geared to children kindergarten through 5th grade; Monday’s program is geared to youth 6th grade […]


Sirens loud, but grumpy

Pawhuska’s new storm sirens are loud enough to blast you into the next county, but the city’s radios have been a little grumpy communicating with the high-tech marvels. City Manager Paul McAlexander told the City Council on Monday that the problem appears to be with the police radio system, not with the sirens themselves. “We’re […]


Substation could lead to city profit

The city of Pawhuska likely will take over maintenance of a 138Kv electrical transmission line that ties into a new substation north of Pawhuska. AEP-PSO installed the substation to handle demand, but instead of installing a new transmission line parallel to the existing Pawhuska line, negotiated with the city to use its existing line. City […]


Attaboys for Atterberry

Attaboys for Atterberry

When the Pawhuska School Board accepted the superintendent’s recommendation to hire Duke Atterberry as a coach and elementary school physical education teacher, no one betrayed any emotion. But for others, it was cause for celebratory disbelief. The guy is a legend, who has coached high school and college athletes who went on to play college […]


On the road… again

On the road... again

The legendary country band, The Oak Ridge Boys, was trundling west on U.S. 60 through Pawhuska on Thursday morning when catastrophe hit – right in front of the aptly named Oak Ridge Acres. The tour bus carrying the band suffered a complete de-treading of its front passenger-side tire – a first on tour, said lead […]


Pawhuska Jr High closed

Pawhuska Jr High closed

At a special meeting Thursday evening, the Pawhuska school board voted unanimously to shut down the junior high school building, thereby moving the seventh grade to Pawhuska Elementary School and the eighth grade to the high school. The move is expected to save the school district more $100,000 a year at a time when the […]


Accused molester: Sane

Accused molester: Sane

Jack “Rusty” Cheshewalla, the man who walked into the Pawhuska Police station more than a year ago to announce he was a serial child molester, is competent to stand trial, according to a report last week from the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita. Cheshewalla, a Vietnam veteran, told the state forensic psychologist that he suffers […]


Pawhuska Junior High to close, alternative school moving

Pawhuska Junior High to close, alternative school moving

At a special meeting Thursday evening, the Pawhuska school board voted unanimously to shut down the junior high school building, thereby moving the seventh grade to Pawhuska Elementary School and the eighth grade to the high school. The move is expected to save the school district about $100,000 a year at a time when the […]


The winningest jockey

The winningest jockey

Even when he was in diapers 44 years ago, G.R. Carter was all about getting there first. “He was different,” says his father, George Carter. “He never walked anywhere; he always ran.” And it didn’t take long for Carter, as he grew older and went through the school system in his native Pawhuska, to prove […]


3 Burglary arrests made in Pawhuska

3 Burglary arrests made in Pawhuska

Pawhuska police, wrangling with a rash of car and home burglaries, made three burglary arrests last week, adding to two previous arrests made earlier in the month. On Tuesday afternoon, three Pawhuskans were charged with a variety of crimes including burglary after a chase Wednesday evening that resulted in drug charges being filed against Eddie […]