Skiatook

One dead, one badly hurt in crash near Skiatook

One dead, one badly hurt in crash near Skiatook

One man died and a child is in critical condition following an accident south of Skiatook on Wednesday morning. Dead is Thomas Blair Jr., 35, of Wagoner. Blair was driving a Chevy van on 52 West Avenue  about 10:13 a.m. Wednesday when a GMC pickup driven by Luis Dominguez-Vargas, 45, of Broken Arrow ran a […]


O’Neal trial delayed

The trial of a former candidate for the Skiatook City Council on charges that he shot at a dog in city limits has been delayed. Pearson Leon O’Neal was to stand trial this week but the matter was delayed until Sept. 25. O’Neal has asked that evidence of a previous conviction for a similar act […]


Congress puts brakes on casino expansion

For now at least, the Osage Nation Congress is putting the brakes on casino expansion. On Thursday, the Osage Nation Congress approved a resolution requesting the tribe’s gaming enterprise board hold any expansion efforts on the tribe’s Tulsa casino in abeyance until a 2015 financial plan is approved. If the expansion does eventually happen, it […]


State wants to revoke Hudson

State wants to revoke Hudson

Robert Dalton Hudson, the young man convicted of manslaughter in the shooting of David Reed of Skiatook, could be facing jail time because he has failed to meet the requirements of his suspended sentence. Hudson has failed to pay restitution to Reed’s survivors and has also failed to report to his probation officer, according to […]


Skiatook teen critically hurt in car accident

A Skiatook teen is in critical condition following a one-car wreck on Javine Hill Road just south of Avant on Friday afternoon. Hunter McClard was admitted to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa with “whole body” injuries, according to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. McClard was a passenger – and not wearing a seatbelt […]


Skiatook kids bring home track medals

Although the Skiatook High School track team did not bring home any team accolades from the state meet Friday and Saturday, two members came home with individual hardware. With a leap of 22 feet, 8.75 inches, junior Kyle McLaughlin won the state long jump title at Moore High School by almost a foot over his […]


DA seeks death for Stanley

DA seeks death for Stanley

District Attorney Rex Duncan is seeking the death penalty against Michael Devin Stanley, the 20-year-old man charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of his great-grandmother and half-sister in Skiatook. Not only is Stanley the youngest person in Osage County against whom the death penalty has been sought, his is the first death penalty case […]


Movie set to shoot in Pawhuska, Skiatook

After all the Hollywood glitz associated with the movie August: Osage County, Pawhuska and Skiatook will get to enjoy a little more limelight, but on a smaller scale. On Monday, a New York film crew started trickling into Pawhuska to set up filming for a feature-length indie movie called The Heart Stays, a “coming of […]


Third grade reading tests vary widely in Osage county

The raw numbers from this spring’s state reading tests are in and school districts across Oklahoma are figuring out what to do next. On Friday, the Oklahoma Department of Education released the results of the statewide third-grade reading tests. Third grade students who scored within the range of one of three categories – advanced, proficient […]


Baseball season over for Osage County

The 2014 high school baseball season is over in Osage County. After sweeping a doubleheader against Adair in the district tournament, the Pawhuska Huskies went 1-2 at its regional tournament Wednesday and Thursday. After opening with a 14-13 win over Salina (19-16), the Huskies dropped two straight games, a 16-0 loss Wednesday night to top-ranked […]


Despite being without a course, Huskie golfers excel

Despite being without a course, Huskie golfers excel

  By finishing fifth at Monday’s regional at Pryor Creek Golf Course, the Pawhuska earned a spot in the Class 2A state golf championships. Never mind that the Huskies do not have access to an open golf course within 30 minutes of campus. Since Pawhuska’s nine-hole course closed in 2009, the team has had to […]


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 […]


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 […]