Pawhuska

Fourth of July 2015 (photo gallery)

Fourth of July 2015 (photo gallery)

Fire, food, fun and dancing.

Fire, food, fun and dancing.

“Like a well-oiled machine” doesn’t begin to describe the efficiency with which Osage cooks prepare and deliver a hot meal for hundreds of people, indeed they’ve worked out an assembly line that would give Henry Ford a run for his money. Cadres of women prepare many pounds of vegetables and haul out two-gallon bags of […]


Oil producers sue BIA

Oil producers sue BIA

The Osage Producers Association is going for broke in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The trade organization contends that new oil and gas regulations issued by the BIA are not only “arbitrary and capricious” but unconstitutional. OPA is also seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the rules from going into […]


Triumph over all barriers

Triumph over all barriers

Haley Mouser is Pawhuska’s first state champion high jumper, and she got there by jumping four inches higher than she is tall and overcoming a weak left leg born of a club foot. The Pawhuska High School senior has now jumped a personal best 5 feet 8 inches at two successive meets – including the […]


Shoemake: He was a force

Shoemake: He was a force

When Shockley Shoemake found out he had terminal brain cancer three weeks ago, he had no regrets. “I’ve done everything I need to do, and I’m not afraid of death,” he said. He had, in fact, lived a life so full that it is hard to capture. He was a child of the Depression, who […]


In Summer, hungry must go to other counties

With students across Osage County out on summer vacation, many families are trying to figure out how to stretch their grocery budgets a little further without access to school meals. As part of its national school nutrition program, The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a summer meal program that allows schools and other organizations in […]


Standing room only

Standing room only

Dancer Maker Academy in Pawhuska has been open less than a year and held its first recital Friday night at the Constantine Theater to absolutely rave reviews. The theater was jam packed, upstairs and in the mezzanine, a rarity for any event there. Above, Kelci and Megan Pickering perform Duel, with choreography by Jenna Smith, […]


Farewell Father Daigle

Father Chris Daigle, the priest who has led Catholic churches in Pawhuska,  Barnsdall and Shidler for a decade, is leaving – much to the distress of many of his parishioners. Daigle isn’t going far – he will become the parish priest for Fairfax, Hominy, and Cleveland. He is to be replaced, effective July 1, by […]


Another pleas out in Reyes shooting

Kristen Ramey, one of four people accused of felonies in a Pawhuska shooting, became the second defendant to agree to a plea deal in which the charges against her were vastly reduced. In March, Ramey was charged with being an accessory to shooting with intent to kill in the January shooting of Reginald Reyes on […]


Pawhuska Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Pawhuska Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Cop says he took Oxycodone after fatal hit and run

Cop says he took Oxycodone after fatal hit and run

  The Osage Nation police officer who fatally hit a pedestrian then left the scene of the accident on May 1 in Tulsa told police he took oxycodone after the wreck, according to the accident report filed Tuesday in Tulsa. The report also says that Corey Stewart, 26,  “concealed” his damaged undercover police truck under […]


Felony case fizzles

A young man initially charged with a felony that threatened up to 45 years in prison saw the charge vastly reduced last week, when he and the district attorney’s office agreed to amend the charge to misdemeanor obstruction and to a deferred two-year sentence and unsupervised probation. From the outset, the charge of accessory to […]


Full of vim and smiles at 100

Full of vim and smiles at 100

When Edna Callahan arrived at the Pawhuska Community Center at 11 a.m. sharp on Saturday, she was in fine fettle, with a big smile and a cheerful wave to a small boy who ran to greet her. For a woman celebrating her 100th birthday, she was downright peppy. Born in Caddo County on April 18, […]


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 […]