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Wild Rides (Cavalcade photos)

Wild Rides (Cavalcade photos)

Owls move into Pythian castle

Owls move into Pythian castle

Barnsdall’s has a few new feathery inhabitants: secreted away in the top floor of Jack Kelley’s 5th street building, a parliament of barn owls has taken up residence. While Kelley is not certain when precisely the owls moved in, he is anxious to have them gone – but not anxious enough to do just anything […]


Temps are sizzling and so is Cavalcade (photo gallery)

Temps are sizzling and so is Cavalcade (photo gallery)

Lost in a kindly Osage County

Josephine Winningham never intended on coming to Osage County in the wee hours of July 1. She was headed to a doctor’s appointment in St. Louis, which is where she lives, but somehow managed to end up 436 miles off target, at the intersection of highways 18 and 20 near Fairfax, where she wrecked her […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


Powerless after the storm

Powerless after the storm

Judy Young is the first to admit that her back yard in Pawhuska is “a jungle.” “I guarantee you it’s grown up back there,” she said Monday, taking a break on a porch swing under a mulberry tree at her home on 10th Street. There’s a reason, she says: She has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, […]


Maybe its time for Bernie

Maybe its time for Bernie

He seems an unlikely candidate for a nation’s highest office. He’s not from a wealthy family like the Bushes. He didn’t attend an Ivy League school as have most of our recent Presidents. He’s not a toady of big money, (the Koch brothers and Wall Street hate him), and he doesn’t ooze the slimy slickness […]


Barnsdall Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Barnsdall Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Head Start Graduation and Little Olympics!

Head Start Graduation and Little Olympics!

Graduate of Iwo Jima

Graduate of Iwo Jima

In 1942, Bill Larkin was 16, a farm boy and an athlete at Skiatook High School who played football, basketball and baseball. When his basketball coach, Pat Dunlap, left before the season ended because he could get a commission in the armed forces fighting in World War II, change started rolling into Larkin’s life. He […]


A judge & a character dies

A judge & a character dies

William H. Mattingly. a longtime judge, former District Attorney and waggish character, died on Tax Day and was laid to rest in Pawhuska on Monday. He was remembered as a man of legal prowess, especially in probate law and as a formidable prosecutor, but most people adored him for his often silly adventures and self-deprecating […]


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, […]


Pain incompatible with life

Pain incompatible with life

A year and a half ago, Lisa Kehrberg was intolerably ill. Her abdomen was hugely distended and felt like it housed a raging fire, she was vomiting uncontrollably, could not eat or drink, was semi-paralyzed and had trouble breathing. A Chicago hospital admitted her, performing CAT scans, ultrasounds, an endoscopy, a colonoscopy and other tests […]


A fiery first

A fiery first

From her family’s perspective, Greta Hurt was destined to become a schoolteacher. Her mother, Joyce, was one, and her sisters are now. And Hurt complied. She went to Pittsburgh State University on a basketball scholarship out of Barnsdall and entered the ranks of teacher hood at Glenpool Middle School, teaching science and coaching basketball and […]


Conner makes All-State

Conner makes All-State

It takes a village to get an all-state bid to western Osage County. After leading her team to within a game of the school’s first state tournament berth since 1991, Woodland senior guard Ray Lee Conner will play on the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association’s small east All-State team later this year. Although honored and […]


Wind tunnels, gadget trees and mazes

Wind tunnels, gadget trees and mazes

Late last month, the Barnsdall Junior High and High School Gifted and Talented group traveled to the Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. There were 42 students and 4 sponsors who made the trip. The Science Museum is filled with innovative and engaging exhibits that encourage young people to use their minds to think “outside […]


From fire, an inky future

From fire, an inky future

Out of the fetid, sooty and soggy remains of the old Barnsdall Times building, a fresh start got under way on Saturday. The old letterpresses, on which Supreme Court opinions, police tickets for Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Bartlesville and all manner of other documents were printed, were hauled out of the ruins and moved to […]


A family, completed

A family, completed

On Monday night, Pawnee-Osage Court Appointed Special Advocates held a dinner in Pawhuska to honors its volunteers. Jack and Dee Dee Ditto were among those honored. The Dittos were the first CASA volunteers in Pawnee County to work through an adoption – a boy who became known as Koty Wilson, the son of Barnsdall wrestling […]


Spelling Bee yields a champ

Spelling Bee yields a champ

It started off easily enough Wednesday afternoon at the Osage County Spelling Bee. Mass. Gene. Bias. Text. And then the more difficult words came flying towards the 29 kids packed into the Osage County Interlocal Co-op Building: axis, divisor, position, scissors. The first five words in the fourth round – equivalent, parallel, resistance, appendix and […]


Huskie, Bulldog grapplers earn tickets to state

Several Osage County wrestlers are heading to the state tournament based on their regional tournament performances Friday and Saturday. As part of the Panthers’ fifth place team finish at the Class 3A eastern regional at Sperry High School, four Barnsdall wrestlers earned berths to this weekend’s state tournament in Oklahoma City. In each weight class, […]