CATTLEMEN’S VALENTINE BALL


Dance to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday


The annual Cattlemen’s Valentine Ball is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ag Building at the Osage County Fairgrounds. Tickets will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For advance tickets, contact American Heritage Bank in Pawhuska or visit Eventbrite.com. The Rick Cook Band will provide live music. There will also be food. Osage County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen will be the event hosts and hostesses.


SHAREHOLDERS MEETING


Gathering will be this Sunday


The Osage Shareholders Association will be having its Quarterly Meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Skiatook Osage Casino. Refreshments will be served.


OSAGE JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW


Annual event will be Feb. 26-28


The Osage County Junior Livestock Show is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 26 through Friday, Feb. 28, at the Osage County Fairgrounds. Sheep and swine will be shown Feb. 26, and goats, heifers and steers on Thursday, Feb. 27. A barbecue dinner and an auction are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28. For more information, call Joyce Deem-Moore at 918-287-8212. Also, for a buyer’s packet, call Beth Mayfield, secretary, at 918-214-4301.


ACADEMIC HONORS BANQUET


Tickets to be available throughout February


Mark your calendar and get ready for the 31st annual Academic Honors Banquet for Pawhuska High School students. The banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge. The goal is to recognize the top 10% of Pawhuska High School students.


This year, banquet organizers are excited to have Geoffrey Hager as the keynote speaker. Hager is a PHS graduate who plans to inspire, encourage and motivate the honorees to future success and praise their academic excellence. Tickets will be available throughout February from American Heritage Bank, Pawhuska Public Schools and the Chamber of Commerce.


VEGETABLE FARMING CLASS


Osage Extension, Bird Creek Farms to collaborate


Osage County Extension and Bird Creek Farms are collaborating to offer a vegetable farming class in March. Classes are scheduled to be held March 10, 17, 24 and 31 at Bird Creek Farms in Pawhuska. Classes will deal with subjects such as soil preparation, bed layout, production goals, growing season extension, crop maintenance and pest management. For more information, contact Osage County Extension at 918-287-4170.


PAWHUSKA LIBRARY


Story Time scheduled on Thursdays


Yvonne Rose, director of the Pawhuska Library, announced recently that the library had scheduled a Story Time for Young Children for 9:30 a.m. each Thursday. The event was planned to last about half an hour and feature a story and an activity, Rose said. The Story Time activity is for preschool children, and for children in grades 1-2. The Story Time is being offered to homeschooled children, as well as to children who are enrolled in public school but may not be in school that day, for whatever reason.


Rose said the library hopes to offer the Story Time for Young Children on Thursday mornings during February and March. There is no pre-registration necessary. Call the Pawhuska Library at 918-287-3989 for more information.


PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES


Absentee ballots available for March 3 primaries


Voters in Osage County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Preferential Primary Election should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said. Although the county Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, Chouteau urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early.


Absentee ballot application forms are available at the county Election Board office located at 630 Kihekah Ave., Pawhuska. An online version of the form can be filled out and submitted electronically at www.elections.ok.gov. A print form can also be downloaded at that address.


Voters who have requested an absentee ballot can track their ballot at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.


Ballots must be in the hands of County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on election day to be counted.


Chouteau said any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.


“While anyone can vote absentee without giving a reason, the law still provides several excuses, and it is to the advantage of some voters to use one of them,” Chouteau said.


By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, absentee voters can activate special conditions that make it easier for them to use absentee ballots. The reasons are:


Voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may vote absentee. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online by accessing http:/www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/ or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.


Voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may vote absentee. An Absentee Voting Board actually goes to the nursing home a few days before the election, sets up a small polling place and allows these persons to vote under circumstances similar to those at a regular precinct polling place. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online by accessing http:/www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/ or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.


Military personnel and residents of the county living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible receive absentee ballots. These voters may apply only by mail, fax, or by email. Military personnel should contact the Voting Service Officers in their units for application forms and additional information or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website (www.fvap.gov/oklahoma) for more information and instructions. Residents of Oklahoma living overseas can obtain the same materials from any United States military installation and from United States Embassies and Consulates as well as on the FVAP website.