Schools & Education

54 years devoted to kids

54 years devoted to kids

For 55 years, Harold Huffman has devoted himself to children, for better and for worse. He spent 18 years teaching and coaching before settling into the job he has occupied for more than 36 years: Directing Youth Services of Osage County, the charitable organization that contracts with the state of Oklahoma to care for troubled […]


Pawhuska Junior High to close, alternative school moving

Pawhuska Junior High to close, alternative school moving

At a special meeting Thursday evening, the Pawhuska school board voted unanimously to shut down the junior high school building, thereby moving the seventh grade to Pawhuska Elementary School and the eighth grade to the high school. The move is expected to save the school district about $100,000 a year at a time when the […]


Local schools sending several to state track meets

Local schools sending several to state track meets

With a regional runner-up finish at their regional meet Saturday, the Pawhuska High School girls track team is gunning for a Class 3A state title. The Lady Huskies will have student-athletes competing in nine events at the state meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Moore High School. The team picked up wins Saturday in […]


County ‘clarifies’ wind rules

  In an attempt to move a huge wind farm construction project forward, the Osage County Commissioners approved a “clarification” to the county’s wind ordinance, specifying that the commissioners may delegate their authority to the Board of Adjustment. The move met strenuous objection by the Osage Nation, which has filed two legal petitions challenging the […]


Regaining the Pride of Pawhuska

On Thursday evening, a somewhat ragtag group of kids took center stage at Pawhuska High’s Oren Terrill Fieldhouse. And they made music. The Pawhuska school band has nearly doubled in size over the past three years and appears poised to continue to be a more popular choice for students. Mary Hull, who at the age […]


Brains first, then brawn

Brains first, then brawn

They say that no star fades faster than a high school athlete, but for one Barnsdall High School football player the old saw is proving untrue. In fact, the next time he faces another team, Hunter Hansen will be on the field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, where he will be on the offensive […]


2013: A look back

2013: A look back

Happy New Year and may 2014 be perpetually happy. Here is a look back at the stories we wrote about in 2013. January 3 The body of Timothy Hauser, 62, is found in a briar patch. He has been missing since leaving the Bartlesville casino early Aug. 9 and the discovery of the body leads […]


Bullpup grant

Last month, the Skiatook Public Schools Support Foundation awarded Teresa Clement’s second grade class four grants totaling more than $600. The money was used to buy digital voice recorders for math and literacy activities that will be used to reinforce reading and math skills. By Skiatook Schools


Brief Pawhuska school lockdown causes rumors to fly

Brief Pawhuska school lockdown causes rumors to fly

Pawhuska Schools started lockdown procedures as an intoxicated 19-year-old, suspended student roamed the halls, but the procedures were not even finished by the time authorities had the student in custody, according to Pawhuska’s Assistant Chief Brian “Chris” Rumsey. Superintendent Landon Berry said the school did not go into a lockdown. According to Berry, teachers noticed […]


Tulsa DA declines to press charges on Skiatook coach

Tulsa DA declines to press charges on Skiatook coach

The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office has declined to press charges on the Skiatook head wrestling coach, who was arrested on misdemeanor domestic assault and battery allegations Monday, Nov. 4. According to First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond, the office decided not to press criminal charges because of a lack of evidence. “If we do […]


Kids happy over homework

Kids happy over homework

Completing homework isn’t usually cause to break out the candy and get it on with some dance moves, but it is becoming the norm for kids at Pawhuska Elementary School. A new program called DAWGS (Daily Academic Work Gets Success), has dramatically increased the number of completed homework assignments at the school. Each week a […]


Fighting hunger all year long

Fighting hunger all year long

Thanksgiving is around the corner and some people are thinking about that one big dinner, but one group has food on its mind year round: Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. Program coordinator Emily Hudson knows there is a need to help feed children throughout the year, which is where the backpack program comes into play. […]


Boil your water, Barnsdall

UPDATE: The boil advisory was lifted Wednesday morning. After a water line break left Barnsdall without water for 24 hours followed by a week-long, voluntary water boil advisory, residents are rejoicing over flushing toilets and are ready to reach for the tap without firing up the stove. The boil advisory will remain in effect until […]


Dramatic debate

Skiatook High School debate and drama students competed at the Bishop Kelley Contest on Nov. 8 and 9. Freshman debate student Jerica Wilson was the stand out performer of the weekend by reaching the final round of the Domestic Current Events Speaking contest and also qualifying for the regional contest in policy debate. Veteran Sarah […]


A smile, extinguished

A smile, extinguished

Patriotic red, white and blue were the colors for many people this past weekend, but Skiatook took a different route: Purple, the favorite color of 17-year-old Mallory Winegarten. “I don’t know anyone that didn’t love my sister,” Misty Winegarten, 27, said. “She was very loving and caring.” A girl with a perpetually sunny disposition and […]


Emotional assembly

Emotional assembly

The Barnsdall Elementary School sang songs and presented the flags during the Monday morning Veterans Day assembly. The junior high and high school also attended the event, along with local residents and veterans. The assembly even brought tears to one first grader’s eyes. LaRae Clark, a reading tutor at the school, held her son Brodie […]


Assault mars homecoming

Assault mars homecoming

As students and fans left Pawhuska’s homecoming game Oct. 25, a scary scene played out outside the band room, where a belligerent, cussing man emerged from a car then pulled a knife on the band director, according to an arrest affidavit. Michael Eric Tallchief, 20, was arrested two days after the incident and charged with […]


Skiatook wrestling coach arrested

Skiatook wrestling coach arrested

Skiatook’s head wrestling coach, just starting his second year in that position, was arrested Monday in Tulsa on a misdemeanor domestic assault complaint, according to Tulsa County Sheriff’s records. According to a police arrest and booking report by Tulsa County Deputy Sheriff  Marcus Berry, Heath Arrell Jolley’s wife, Raegan, said that Jolley knocked her to […]


Huskies celebrate a homecoming victory

Huskies celebrate a homecoming victory

The Pawhuska Huskies burned past the Chelsea Dragons during the Friday night homecoming game in Pawhuska. The Huskies won, 26-6.


Sports Results from Oct. 8 – Oct. 14

RESULTS Tues., Oct. 8 Skiatook vball Class 5A Regionals at Tahlequah G1: Coweta 3, Skiatook* 0 * Season ended. Wed., Oct. 9 Skiatook softball at Class 5A Regional Tourn vs McAlester G1: McAlester 6, Skiatook 4 G2: Skiatook 16, Memorial 0 Thurs., Oct. 10 Barnsdall softball at Class A State Tourn G1: Binger-Oney 2, Barnsdall* […]


Lifting up dreams, Jesus

Lifting up dreams, Jesus

Barnsdall fifth graders Jay Jones and Patrick Lavergne dangled in the air, one on each end of a metal rod hoisted into the air by former NFL player Shawn King at Barnsdall High School on Monday. Jones and Lavergne were helping demonstrate the strength of the bar that Shawn’s brother Jerome, another former NFL player, […]


Panthers come back against Yale

Panthers come back against Yale

The Barnsdall Panther football team was down 14-6 against the Yale at the end of the first half Friday night in Barnsdall. When it was all said and done, the Panthers came back for a 36-20 win, leaving them with a 3-2 record. Next week Barnsdall travels to Drumright for a 7:30 p.m. game. By Rachel […]


Barndall bests Woodland, heads to state

Barndall bests Woodland, heads to state

The Barnsdall Panthers and Woodland Cougars came full circle Friday afternoon. The two faced off against one another at the start of the Class A Regional Tournament in Fairfax Thursday, ending in a Barnsdall 7-2 win. Woodland worked its way back into the championship game by Friday, but wasn’t able to take down the Panthers, […]


Sports Results from Sept. 24 – Sept. 30

RESULTS Tues., Sept. 24 Barnsdall softball at Nowata Canceled Barnsdall softball at Skiatook 10-0, Skiatook Hominy softball at Pawhuska 11-7, Hominy Pawhuska softball vs Hominy 11-7, Hominy Shidler softball vs Woodland 15-0, Woodland Skiatook softball vs Barnsdall 10-0, Skiatook Skiatook vball vs Cascia Hall 3-0, Cascia Hall (23-25, 25-27, 8-25) Woodland softball at Shidler 15-0, […]