Mike ErwinJournal-Capital


Several wind-whipped wildfires kept area fire departments scrambling last week.

On Wednesday, blazes were extinguished on the west side of Bartlesville Municipal Airport as well as near Okesa and Nelagoney. The origins of the latter two fires were suspicious.

Anyone with information about intentionally-set fires should contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 918-287-3131.


HOMINY — The monthlong Antique Doll Exhibit started Wednesday and continues through the end of February at the Drummond Home, 305 N. Price.

The annual exhibit features German-made dolls from the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as paper dolls and several collections of Louise May Alcott’s “Little Women” dolls. Tours of the historic home also are being given. For information, call 918-885-2374. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.

On Jan. 27, fundraising ideas and community support incentives were discussed at a quarterly meeting of the Friend’s group, which was attended by the organization’s president, Bryan Drummond, as well as Pat Drummond and Michelle Webb.


The Western Osage County Beekeeper’s Association will be holding its first meeting on Feb. 16 at the Osage Cove Fire Department, located approximately 25 miles west of Pawhuska on U.S. Highway 60 at Keeler Road. Starting time is set for 6:30 p.m.

Everyone is welcome and families are invited to learn how to be beekeepers.

“You don’t have to live in the country to be a beekeeper,” according to the meeting organizer, Jeff Coykendall, who said there also are urban beekeepers.

Interested persons can contact Willy at 580-716-6386 or Jeff at 580-279-7938. The email address of the association is:


Dance Maker Performing Arts Academy is offering a special ballet class designed for male athletes who want to improve their endurance, flexibility, strength, balance, speed/agility and mental focus.

Twice-weekly sessions are offered. Scholarships are available.

For more information, contact Academy officials at 918-704-4668 or via email: Twice-weekly sessions are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45 p.m. at the Academy, located at 400 Palmer Ave. (behind the Pawhuska Police Station).


“Soaring to Success” is the aviation-related theme for this year’s Pawhuska High School Honors Banquet, which will be held Monday, March 7.

The 27th-annual academic honors banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge. Tickets for the dinner cost $8.

This year’s guest speaker will be retired Navy Cmdr. William F. Wright, a PHS graduate who flew military aircraft for 21 years and is now a pilot for Southwest Airlines. Wright is a son of Nelda and the late Fred Wright. His older brother Bob (also a Pawhuska grad) is a retired Army colonel.


Osage Casino-Pawhuska is hosting the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce’s first Business After Hours session of the year on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The event will last from 5-7 p.m. at the fully-renovated local facility, located on John Dahl Avenue (Highway 60/99) at 15th Street. In addition to other improvements, the casino now includes a deli.

Each Business After Hours attendee will be offered $10 in free play. For more information about the Chamber event, call 918-287-1208. For casino-related questions, call 918-287-9279.


A March 22 drawing for a new .40-caliber Glock 22 Gen 4 handgun is being sponsored by the Wah-Sha-She No. 110 Masonic Lodge.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Big County Gun & Pawn, 201 E. 6th, and from Randy Haddon (918-640-3635) or Daniel Moody (918-604-1504). The winning-ticket holder will be contacted if he or she is not present at the March 22 drawing.