Around the County



The public can help county fire departments in their ongoing battles against the dangers of wildfire.

Osage County Emergency Management Director Jerry Roberts said donations of bottled water and Gatorade are needed to replenish the local supplies following a recent rash of grass fires in the area.

Donations can be dropped off from Monday through Friday, April 25-29, at the following locations:

— the Emergency Management office at 125 E. 6th St. in Pawhuska, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

— Osage County’s District No. 2 Shop at 2850 W. 133rd Street North in Skiatook, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.;

— the District No. 3 Shop in Fairfax, 100 N. First St. in Fairfax, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.;

— Shidler Fire Station, 301 N Cosden Ave.;

— Hominy’s Fire Station, at 203 W. Pines;

— the fire house at 129 Howard in McCord (during evening hours).

For more information or questions, call: 918-287-2285.


Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce’s annual gala and auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 30.

For more information or to make reservations, contact the Chamber office at 918-287-1208.


Osage Nation Communities of Excellence will host a Beekeeping Fundamentals Class on April 30, at the Wah-Zha-Zhe Center, 220 W Main.

The class is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. Seats can be reserved by calling Blake Sisk at 918-287-5267.


Mikey’s 5K Mullet Run/Walk will be held April 30, with the start and finish at the Cultural Park, 520 Lynn Ave.

The annual event is held in memory of Pawhuska High School student/athlete Mikey Lynn. Proceeds will fund a scholarship for one of PHS’s 2016 graduating seniors.

A 5-K run ($25) starts at 10 a.m. and a 1-Mile Kiddie Dash ($15) begins at 10:15 a.m. T-shirts are still available, but they’re going fast.

Entry forms are available in all school offices. Pre-registered runners can pick up their packets at the high school office from 3:30-5 p.m. on April 29. On-line registration can be accomplished at:


Exercise classes for older adults — “Tai Chi for Better Balance” — will continue through April 27 at Pawhuska City Library, 1801 Lynn Ave.

Monday and Wednesday sessions last from 11 a.m. to noon and are provided by the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative’s Northeast Center.

The course teaches relaxation techniques designed to improve the participants’ overall mind, body and spirit through a series of continuous movements.


Mullendore Cross Bell Ranch will again host The Good, the Bad and the Barbecue benefit on Saturday, May 7.

The annual fundraiser for Elder Care. Music will be provided by Gypsy Twang. Tickets call 918-336-8500.


Pawhuska Elks Lodge will host the fifth-annual Cancer Benefit Poker Run on Saturday, April 30.

Registration is set to begin at 9 a.m. The first motorcycle will roll out at 10 a.m. and the last bike is due in at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per hand, with prizes for the high and low hands. The charity pot will be divided on a 50-50 basis.

Food and refreshments will be on sale at the lodge. Donations are being accepted for the event, which is being sponsored by the Scott Carter Foundation of Tulsa.

The lodge is located just west of the former Alco Building on the west side of town. For more information, call 918-287-3815 or email


Osage County Home and Community Education Groups have re-scheduled their “Tea for Two” for Saturday, May 7.

The second-annual event will begin at 11 a.m. in the Women’s Building at the Osage County Fairgrounds.

“Bring a friend and join us for a fun-filled luncheon and tea,” said Osage County Extension Director Donna Robbins.

Attendees are invited to wear their favorite “Tea” attire, as festivities include a “Hat/Dress Contest.” In addition to door-prize giveaways, there will be a People’s Choice award where the first-place winner receives a Rustic Cuff bracelet.

There also will be two “Make and Take” craft workshops offered by Tayrn Crawford of Pawhuska and Kelsey Oliphant of Bartlesville. (A $10 fee is required to cover the cost of supplies for the optional crafting presentations.)

Persons wishing to attend the free luncheon are asked to please call 918-287-4170 by 3 p.m. on Monday, May 2.


The Osage County Historical Society will be honoring “Heroes & Legends of Osage County” during its annual auction and meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 20, 2016. The barbecue and auction will be held at the Methodist Church Family Life Center, 620 Leahy in Pawhuska.

The five honorees are Strat Tolson, Arthur Shoemaker, George Wayman, Harvey Payne and the late Janet Holcombe. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets are $25 and available at the Museum or from any OCHS Director (Shirley Roberts, Mary K. Warren, Garrett Hartness, Joyce Lyons, Frederick Drummond, Jack Shoemate, Roger Lloyd, Patty Gambill, Carolyn Helmer, Nancy Woodyard, Lu King, or Kathryn Swan).