AROUND THE COUNTY

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

WALK FOR CANCER CURE

Faculty and staff at Pawhuska Elementary School are organizing a “Walk for the Cure” to aid with the ongoing effort to defeat cancer.

T shirts for the event are on being sold for $15 each, with proceeds to assist two persons from the school who are currently battling the disease.

School board approval is pending for the“Walk,” which has been planned for Sunday, Oct. 18, on the track at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium, teacher Jon Marie Wilson said.

Sign ups are to begin at 5:30 p.m on the day of the event. There will be an opening prayer prior to the walk, which is scheduled to last from 6 to 8 p.m. An 8 p.m. balloon release is to be followed by a closing prayer.

EMS SERVICE PROPOSED

An offer by Eagle Medical Transport to provide ambulance service to the Barnsdall and Avant areas of Osage County was being considered by the Barnsdall Town Council on Tuesday. The Meeker-based Eagle Medical group had made the proposal after Skiatook EMS recently announced intentions to withdraw its services from those areas at the end of this year.

OUT WITH THE OLD

A vacated building that housed Osage Casino operations in Pawhuska since 2003 was demolished late last week, which cleared a view of the new facility that had recently replaced it.

Demolition started Thursday on the south-facing structure at 15th Street and John Dahl Avenue (US 60/SH 99). One backhoe and a dump truck had nearly completed the process by Friday.

The removal will provide needed parking space for the local casino, which had begun operating from a north-facing, seven-unit modular structure in late July. Only about 50 feet had separated the old building and the new structure — which contains more than 170 electronic gaming machines. A small dining area also is included in the facility.

HELPWORKS’ EVENT SET

The annual auction and dinner to benefit Helpworks, Inc., has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, at Pawhuska Elks Lodge.

Dinner will start at 6 p.m. Cost for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The auction of donated items begins around 7 p.m. Raffles will be held for a 6.5 foot-by-7.5 foot quilt donated by Jody Braken ($1 tickets) and a Henry Golden Boy 22LR rifle donated by Big County Pawn ($5 tickets).