Skiatook

Osage ballet fundraiser set for April 25

The Osage Ballet will a fundraiser on April 25, from 7– 8:30 p.m. at the Harwelden Mansion in Tulsa. In addition to an art auction, the fundraiser will feature a fashion show inspired by Native American clothing by designer Wendy Ponca of Fairfax. Tickets will be $15 at the door. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will […]


Thomases speak out on charges

Throughout their trial, Aubrey and Lora Thomas stood mute as they were accused of all manner of heinous acts against their three adoptive children in Sperry. When a jury found them guilty, and sentenced her to four life terms in prison and him to four 40-year sentences, they betrayed little reaction. But now, as they […]


Brisk casino business means early payoff

The Osage Nation may be able to put a multi-million dollar loan behind it this year if business stays brisk at its two newest casinos. Principal Chief Scott BigHorse announced Tuesday morning before an overflow crowd during his State of Nation address at the Osage Congressional Chambers that the $27.1 million bank loan taken out […]


4H Junior livestock show

4H Junior livestock show

StandingBear and Gray, Red Corn and Proctor, to face off in Osage elections for top tribal positions

StandingBear and Gray, Red Corn and Proctor, to face off in Osage elections for top tribal positions

Less than 90 minutes after the polls closed Monday night, the unofficial results were in for the Osage Nation’s first primary election for its executive branch offices. With Geoffrey StandingBear receiving more than 60 percent of the votes cast in the principal chief’s race, only 12 ballots separated the second and third place finishers. Despite […]


OHP: Trooper at fault in non-injury wreck in Skiatook

A state trooper didn’t see another car and caused a collision Wednesday evening in Skiatook, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. No one was injured in the 7:23 p.m. accident at OK 20 and Lenapah, but damage to the trooper’s patrol car was estimated at $3,500 and to the other car at $2,000. Trooper Romulus […]


Killer says he was nagged to do dishes

The Skiatook teen charged with killing his great-grandmother and half-sister admitted to police that he stabbed them to death and said he was sparked to commit crimes because the elder woman had been nagging him and asking him to wash dishes. The probable cause affidavit, filed in Tulsa and made public Wednesday, also reveals that […]


Two teens injured in Javine Hill wreck

Two young men from Skiatook were injured, one seriously, in a one car accident on Javine Hill Road late Sunday night. Christopher Parker, 18, was admitted in serious condition to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa after being ejected from a car at about 11:15 p.m. He had internal trunk injuries. His passenger, Austin Crank, 19, […]


Teen charged in 2nd stabbing murder

Teen charged in 2nd stabbing murder

Two weeks after police made the grisly discovery of two women who had been stabbed to death in Skiatook, a second murder charge has been filed against the grandson of the eldest victim. Prosecutors in Tulsa County filed the charge Tuesday against Michael Devin Stanley, 19, accusing him of killing his great-grandmother, Esther Driskell, 74, […]


$3 charge for EMS meets a wall

Barnsdall’s volunteer emergency medical team has saved lives and extended a helping hand to hundreds of people, from firefighters to those in medical emergencies, but the City Council flatly turned down a request to help it financially but adding a $3 charge on monthly water bills. Faye Wickware asked the council to institute the charge, […]


2 stabbed in Skiatook; one held as person of interest

2 stabbed in Skiatook; one held as person of interest

  By Louise Red Corn Skiatook has long been a place of few murders: One in 17 years, but the sleepy town was rocked Monday night and Tuesday morning about the stabbing deaths of a 16-year-old girl and 74-year-old woman. The two victims are related; the elder woman, Esther Driskell, was described by police as […]


For abusing four children, mother gets four life terms in prison, father gets 4 40-year terms

A Sperry couple whose adoptive children accused them of heinous child abuse was convicted last week of all counts lodged against them. The jury recommended that Lora Lee Thomas be sentenced to four life sentences in prison and that her husband, Aubrey Thomas, receive four 40-year sentences. The couple was taken into immediate custody in […]


Abuse trial to get under way this week

Abuse trial to get under way this week

The trial of Aubrey and Lora Thomas, the Sperry couple charged with abusing four children they adopted out of foster care, is slated to begin this week after a judge hears arguments over a flurry of motions filed by the defense. In their motions, the Thomases’ lawyers are asking that:


Son of accused child abusers charged with molestation of the same four adoptive children

A young man from Sperry whose parents are defendants in a major child abuse case has been charged himself with sexual molesting the same four children. A warrant for Garrett Thomas, 22, was issued Dec. 23 in Osage County District Court. He is the son of Aubrey and Lora Thomas, who are slated to stand […]


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


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 […]


New Osage Casinos open

The new Osage Casino in Skiatook opened Sunday to an enthusiastic crowd of Osages, then on Monday to the general public. The 78,000 square-foot casino is designed by the same firm that designed the Rio and Bellagio in Las Vegas, and it also boasts a 33 room, three-story hotel with pool, convention space and other […]


CASA auctions off birdhouses, aprons

CASA auctions off birdhouses, aprons

The local CASA fundraiser will have a new twist this year, one you can tie around your waist before cooking Christmas dinner: Hand-decorated aprons. “I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner,” said Helen Norris, project director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. “A person can only have so many birdhouses. I have […]


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 […]


Bucks continue towards state, four others fall

Bucks continue towards state, four others fall

It was a rough go for most of the local football teams during the first round of the state playoff tournaments. Although each of the county teams qualified for the tournament, only one continued its season after Friday night’s games. The Hominy Bucks Class A football team was the only Osage County team to win […]


“We all loved Mallory. We all cared about Mallory.”

"We all loved Mallory. We all cared about Mallory."

For one more day, hundreds of Skiatook High School’s red nation traded their traditional red for Mallory Winegarten’s favorite color – purple – as they said goodbye to the 17-year-old senior cheerleader Thursday afternoon. “We all loved Mallory. We all cared about Mallory. And Mallory is gone,” Rev. Steve Whitaker said. Mallory died Saturday from […]


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 […]


Skiatook hired new fire, police chiefs

After months of having neither a police nor fire chief, Skiatook has hired both: One from within, and one from without. James “Pat” Dean, a 17-year veteran of the Skiatook Police Department and a former Hominy and Pawhuska officer, was promoted to chief. Dean is a native of Hominy. Chad Collins, a longtime military fire […]