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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, […]


Panthers send 4 to state

Panthers send 4 to state

The Barnsdall Panther wrestlers, led by Coach’s Shawn Wilson and Pat McCarty, made a respectable showing by placing in the fifth spot as a team at the 3A East Regional Tournament that was held Feb. 20 and 21 in Sperry.  Barnsdall placed above the other teams in their district – Tonkawa, Pawhuska, Newkirk, Morrison, and […]


The Chicken Question

The Chicken Question

There’s been a lot of loose, ill-considered talk around the fire this winter about chickens, their relative merits, egg-laying abilities, their ever-optimistic character, their quiet humor. There was also much reminiscing about chickens we’d known, such as Thelma and Louise, the indomitable Lucille, the tragic Alice, and of course, Komodo the Dragon Rooster. We recounted […]


Panthers, Lady Cougars score District wins

Panthers, Lady Cougars score District wins

For several small school Osage County basketball teams, it is now win or go home time. With wins Friday and Saturday night over South Coffeyville and Woodland respectively, Barnsdall High School’s boys team (14-10) is homeward bound for the first round of the Class A regionals. The Panthers will play No. 4 Okay (25-1) at […]


Confirmation Bias

I can always tell when my old friend Ernie has been spending time with his conservative buddies, he gets the craziest ideas. So I wasn’t particularly surprised when I saw him in the parking lot of the Health Department the other day with a small group of them. They were holding signs, “Vaccines Cause Autism,” […]


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 […]


Sporks, bites and bytes

Sporks, bites and bytes

Buzz. Marie Antoinette. Buzz. Eight bits to a byte. Buzz. Spork. For Skiatook High School’s academic team, their ability to quickly recall random bits of information may help them bring home some hardware this weekend. By finishing second at its area tournament last month in Collinsville, the team earned its first berth to the Oklahoma […]


A Skiatook Merry Christmas

A Skiatook Merry Christmas

Tough guys take to the mats

Tough guys take to the mats

Panther hoopsters have a tough week

The Barnsdall varsity girls played in the Sperry Tournament this past weekend. Their opening game was Tuesday against Glenpool, they fell short 58-52. Then on Friday they played Caney Valley and ended up losing 54-17. On Saturday they played Pawhuska and lost 41-17. They ended up losing in the tournament and they fought hard but […]


Caroling in the Cold

Caroling in the Cold

Birdhouse auction this Sunday

The annual Artist Birdhouse and Apron Auction to benefit Pawnee/Osage CASA will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pawhuska on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 4-6 p.m.. Local artists will participate in this unique event, an annual tradition for art enthusiasts and CASA supporters. One-of-a-kind birdhouses and aprons will be auctioned off to […]


Gridiron dreams dashed for Skiatook

Gridiron dreams dashed for Skiatook

Skiatook’s dream season came to an abrupt end Saturday night before a standing room only crowd at Yukon’s Miller Stadium. Lawton MacArthur jumped ahead early and never looked back en route to a 39-12 win over the Skiatook Bulldogs (12-2) in the Class 5A championship game, giving the Highlanders their first state title in seven […]


Barnsdall Hoops!

Barnsdall Hoops!

No. 1 in Oklahoma

No. 1 in Oklahoma

Along with a district title, one member of the Skiatook football team has brought home an individual accolade. With 2,030 yards, running back Kyle McLaughlin ran for more regular season rushing yards than any other Oklahoma high school football player, regardless of classification. The Skiatook senior edged past Eufaula’s Shane Moore for the distinction by […]


Halloween!


Life, on life’s terms

At his lowest tide, Ross Mashunkashey was bad. He drank a fifth of whiskey a day, by the good grace of family lived in a camper hooked up to someone else’s electrical service, and he was angry at the world, blaming everyone else for the hole into which he had dug himself. “I started drinking […]


Winning smiles

Winning smiles

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association released regional fast-pitch softball brackets Tuesday afternoon and several area teams are still in the mix. After winning its three district games Thursday by a combined score of 37-1, Class A Barnsdall (23-10) will travel west to the Enid area to play Pioneer-Pleasant Vale at noon on Thursday. Woodland […]