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Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


A ribbon-cutting ceremony was to be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday for the Mud Creek Bridge Project on Pawhuska’s L.B. May Drive, said Osage County Dist. 1 Commissioner Bob Jackson.

Designed by Guy Engineering Services of Tulsa, the project consists of approximately 2.5 miles of roadway improvements and a 125-foot PC bridge — which replaces a 12-foot metal pipe that had previously collapsed.

The $2.2 million project was funded primarily by the Osage Nation, with the county paying for engineering, right-of-way acquisition and utility relocations, Jackson said. Becco Contractors, Inc. completed work at the site in September.

Located just east of Farrell Avenue, the bridge officially is designated as Osage County Bridge No. 111A, the commissioner added.


The Avant Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Turkey Shoot on Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-23, Nov. 1-2, 8-9, 14-15, and 22-23. Times are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held 1 mile west of the Avant Fire station. On Oct. 11 and Nov. 8 there will be a breakfast from 7-11 a.m.


The movie “Oz the Great and Powerful” will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Constantine Theater, 110 W. Main. Admission is $2 for the PG-rated film.


Fire extinguishers are to be given out to the first 200 persons who attend a Fire Prevention Month program on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge, 2542 Elks Lodge Road.

Local Elks and the Pawhuska Fire Department will present information on the use of different kinds of fire extinguishers during the fire prevention event, which begins at 10 a.m. The program is geared for sixth- through eighth-graders, but all ages are invited to attend.

The project is being made possible by a grant from the National Elks Foundation. For information, contact local Project Manager Sallae Smith at or visit


Osage Tribal Museum will sponsor an exciting evening of photography, history and fellowship on Thursday, October 23, from 6-9 pm.

The event will feature photographs from the collections of the Osage Tribal Museum and the Western History Collections of the University of Oklahoma. Community members are invited to help with identification of people, places and dates of the events preserved in the photographs.

OTM and the University of Oklahoma’s Sam Noble Museum developed the exhibition as part of the plan for a publication on Osage weddings. The incorporation of “brides” in paying for drum ceremonies of the Elonshka dances also is being explored.

“Participation of the Osage community is critical to this on-going effort and we hope the community will contribute to the planning and realization of the exhibition at every step in its development,” a museum spokesperson said. “We invite community members to bring photographs and stories to share as we discuss these fascinating aspects of Osage culture and history.

Osage Tribal Museum also will sponsor a photography studio for individuals and families, offering the opportunity to obtain a family portrait and build a collection of contemporary tribal members.


Halloween Trick or Treat Night is planned in historic downtown Pawhuska on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Between 5:30-7:30 p.m., participating businesses will be handing out candy to kids dressed in Halloween costumes.

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, the Pawhuska Elks Lodge will offer a free Halloween Carnival from 6-8 p.m.

Children ages 12 and under are to receive tickets good for games, food and fun. There also will be a costume contest.

The event is being funded by the Elks National Foundation.