Pawhuska

Garrett Thomas pleads guilty

Garrett Thomas pleads guilty

  The son of two sentenced child abusers from Sperry pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually molesting the same four children his parents abused. In a 20-minute hearing before Osage County Special District Court Judge Stuart Tate, Garrett Thomas formally entered his guilty plea on all four counts of lewd molestation and waived his right to […]


Mayor of Okesa alive, recuperating; assassination rumors false

Mayor of Okesa alive, recuperating; assassination rumors false

The Mayor of Okesa has not been assassinated. Instead, the ass has been relocated to a ranch where he is being cared for by a rancher with a soft heart for hooved critters. Rumors have been flying that someone offed the fuzzy brown donkey – jokingly dubbed the Mayor because most politicians are, um, asses. […]


Pawhuska City Council eyes clean-up campaign

  Back in May of 2007, a lot of Pawhuskans got riled up when the city went on a clean-up binge, slapping “abandoned vehicle” stickers on cars parked on the grass and enacting a variety of ordinances barring the storage of junked cars, boats and appliances on private property. Well, get ready: The council might […]


Enter the entrepreneurs

Enter the entrepreneurs

The Pawhuska Business Development Center, aka the incubator, had a slow start but as of Thursday has its offices fully occupied – by an interesting array of businesses, including three architects, a pipeline consulting firm and the latest tenant: An Osage interior designer who is designing textiles with a tribal twist that eventually are to […]


Osage Congress balks at LLC resolution

Questions over the long-term viability and stability of Osage LLC have members of the tribe’s legislature hemming and hawing over a resolution that would endorse the floundering company. Sponsored by Commerce and Economic Development Committee chairwoman Maria Whitehorn, ONCR 14-06 is a resolution supporting Osage LLC and expressing the tribe’s confidence in the business to […]


Cheshewalla competency in question

Jack “Rusty” Cheshewalla Jr., the Pawhuska man who walked into the police station in March 2013 and announced he was a child sexual predator, may not be competent to stand trial. Cheshewalla, now 63, was ordered last week to undergo an examination at the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita to determine his competency after another […]


E-cig ban mulled

The Osage Nation Communities of Excellence program to improve the health of Pawhuskans by reducing the amount of tobacco use – including electronic cigarettes –  in public places. Electa Red Corn asked the City Council on Monday evening to consider enacting an ordinance to ban the use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products on city […]


Pawhuska buys new storm sirens

The Pawhuska City Council on Monday awarded a bid that will have the city outfitted with new electronic storm sirens, replacing old mechanical ones that are activated by an archaic – and extremely expensive – telephone landline. The council voted to award the bid for five new sirens to American Signal Corp. for $62,650. The […]


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 […]