Pawhuska

Don’t mess with momma

Don’t mess with momma

Osage County Commissioner Bob Jackson really, really wants to fix the piece of metal moulding in the pediment of the Osage County Courthouse. Every time the wind blows, the hunk of metal flaps, moving a good foot. On Wednesday and Thursday, the county sent Larry Hand of Sooner Construction up to the area in a […]


Gilkey case remains murky

The drawn-out and factually foggy preliminary hearing for former Pawhuska football coach Scotty Gilkey continued on Thursday and ended without resolution, the judge saying he would hold another court session on the matter at the end of May. “It is my intent to produce a written decision prior to that time that will allow the […]


Foot-dragging on Triangle Building irks city as Drummond progresses on her building at great expense

Foot-dragging on Triangle Building irks city as Drummond progresses on her building at great expense

As renovations progress on the old Osage Mercantile building in downtown Pawhuska, city leaders are becoming increasingly annoyed by the eyesores near it – especially the Triangle Building, in whose shadow the emerging diamond sits. Ladd and Ann Marie “Ree” Drummond have spent much money and energy on the Osage Mercantile building; last week, they […]


Volunteers to go into fire: For the love of helping fellow man

Volunteers to go into fire: For the love of helping fellow man

In Osage County, as in many places, a handful of tireless volunteers keeps many key community functions going. Some cook for the hungry, others slave away at keeping towns tidy – and some rush into burning buildings or to wildfires to help save lives and property. Last week, one of those firefighter volunteers, Les Potter, […]


Ambulance fee approved; only opt-out set for May

Ambulance fee approved; only opt-out set for May

Come June, households that get utility bills from the City of Pawhuska will see a $4 charge added to support the ambulance service, but customers can opt out of the charge in May. The charge will ensure those who pay it will get free ambulance service, whether they are uninsured or insured, said City Manager […]


Osage County Health Department offers Prenatal Class

The Osage County Health Department will offer a new prenatal class on the third Friday of each month at 3:30 pm. The first class will be held Friday, April 18, at the Health Department at 1115 E. 15th Street in Pawhuska. One of the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s flagship issues is reducing infant mortality.  […]


Pawhuska Round Up Club April Play Day


Barnsdall and Pawhuska baseball tournaments


Wind hearing set for April 10 at fairgrounds

Mustang Run, the second wind project planned for Osage County west of Pawhuska, filed its conditional use permit application on Monday, setting the stage for a public hearing on the issue on April 10. The hearing, next Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska, is expected to bring some opposition though […]


Examiner-Enterprise report on tightening birth control access sparks outrage against St. John Health System

A report by the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise that Jane Phillips Medical Center had barred its affiliated doctors – which includes those in Pawhuska and Barnsdall – from prescribing contraceptives solely for the use of birth control set off a litany of protests in the past week. Last week, the newspaper reported, based on anonymous sources, that […]


Mrs. Oklahoma!

Mrs. Oklahoma!

Michelle Wilson Evans has never been in a beauty pageant in her life. She was better known, a few years back, as a soccer star at Union High School in Tulsa who went on to win a college scholarship in that sport. But one day recently, she was getting her hair done in Tulsa when […]


Coaching to a national title

Coaching to a national title

Pawhuska High School’s loss is Highland Community College’s gain. Three years ago, Pawhuska native B.J. Smith applied for a head coaching position at his alma mater. He was passed over for another candidate and instead headed north to Highland Community College in Highland, Kan., about 75 minutes northwest of Kansas City. Since taking over the […]


Gilkey hearing sheds little light

Pawhuska Schools’ superintendent and a teacher testified Monday at a preliminary hearing in the felony embezzlement case against former football coach Scotty Gilkey, but the case was continued until April because the District Attorney scheduled the hearing during spring break and a third witness was unavailable. Superintendent Landon Berry and junior high math teacher Ray […]


Pawhuska to gain performing arts studio

The Pawhuska City Council voted unanimously Monday to rent the former Senior Citizens Center to a group that is going to start and performing arts and ballet studio. Randy Tinker Smith, who directed the ballet “Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet” that was performed in Washington, D.C. The City Council solicited proposals for the Senior Citizens Center […]


Hominy track meet


Hearing set for wind farm

TradeWind Energy, the second wind farm to set its sights on Osage County, has filed an application for a conditional use permit that will be the subject of a public hearing. The application was filed Thursday at the Osage County Planning Commission and will be heard by the Board of Adjustment at the Osage County […]


Minerals, Congress filing begins Friday

Starting Friday, tribal citizens interested in running for a seat in the Osage Nation Congress or the Third Osage Minerals Council may declare their candidacy for office. The filing period for the six Congressional seats and eight Minerals Council positions up for grabs closes March 31. The elections are scheduled for June 2 with inauguration […]


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 […]


Legislators razz Osage county, movie industry

  Osage County’s brush with stardom in the Oscar-nominated film August: Osage County sparked some amazing debate on the floor of the state House of Representatives on Monday, when legislators voted to deep-six a 10-year, $50 million film tax rebate bill. On Tuesday, the House reversed itself, voting to approve the bill that gives filmmakers […]


Oklahoma State Wrestling Championship

Oklahoma State Wrestling Championship

Who Dat hiding at the Osage County Courthouse?

Who Dat hiding at the Osage County Courthouse?

    In the pediment of the Osage County Courthouse, one thing is obvious: A large piece of metal trim was blown loose last week, prompting officials to put up yellow barrier tape across the stairs and front door. Not so obvious is the reason repairs could be long in coming: A pair of Great […]


Four plead not guilty in Pawhuska Village case

Four former members of the Pawhuska Indian Village Five-Man Board are pleading not guilty to misusing several thousand dollars in tribal funds. Kenneth “KC” Bills, Theodore Brunt, Joe Don Mashunkashey and Frank Redcorn all entered their pleas during their brief initial tribal court appearance Thursday morning in Pawhuska. The complaints against the four stem from […]


Accusations start in chief’s race

One community’s limited access to fresh produce has become a sticking point in this year’s race for Osage principal chief. Titled “Mr. Standingbear does not deserve your vote,” the open letter from Grayhorse District Osages asks voters to support Margo Gray for principal chief while taking aim at Geoffrey StandingBear’s campaign due to his role […]