Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Memorial Day observances will be conducted Monday, May 30, by the Harold Bigheart Smalley American Legion Post 198.

The events will begin with an 11 a.m. flag-raising ceremony at the Post 198 headquarters in the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center, 1449 W. Main. (Coffee and doughnuts will be available prior to the start of that service.) A short time later, the main Memorial Day service is to be conducted at Pawhuska City Cemetery. American Legion members will then proceed to the Pierce St. John Cemetery near Pershing for another flag raising.

The public is cordially invited to attend the celebrations, Post 198 Commander Floyd Brown said.

Following the Memorial Day observances, there will be a luncheon at Post 198 headquarters.


On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!, the Pawhuska Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program, kicks off Tuesday, May 31.

Weekly programs in the library’s community room will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 14.

Tuesday programs are aimed at students in grades three through seven, while the Thursday programs were designed for children pre-K through second grade, library officials said. Each reading program starts at 10:30 a.m. and lasts an hour, concluding at 11:30 a.m.

This summer’s theme — On Your Mark, Get Set…Read! — promotes reading as exercise of the mind while incorporating healthy activities for getting everyone up and moving. Join in and find out what all the fun is about.

As part of this year’s summer reading activities, Pawhuska Public Library will be having a Read for Feed promotion. From June 1 through June 30, the library will have two daily drawings — one for a Burger meal from Pawhuska’s Sonic Drive-In and the other for a Pizza meal from Simple Simon’s of Pawhuska.

Contestants qualify for the drawing by participating in the Summer Reading Program. The more they read and do, the more drawing chances they will receive.

Here is a re-cap of your Reading plans: 1. Attend Summer 2016 programs at Pawhuska Public Library, 2. Find answers to Library Scavenger Hunt clues, 3. Read books checked out from Pawhuska Public Library.

Local sponsors for the 2016 Summer Reading Program are Sonic of Pawhuska and Simple Simon’s of Pawhuska.

The Pawhuska Public Library is located at 1800 Lynn Ave., across the street from Pawhuska Elementary School. Telephone 918-287-3989.


Testing of Pawhuska-area fire hydrants will be underway over the next few weeks, local fire department officials said.

These tests can sometimes cause discoloration of water in neighborhoods around the the hydrants, according to the officials.

Due to the importance of the hydrant-maintenance program, resident cooperation is requested while the testing is going on.


Friday, June 3, will be the last day to apply for registration in order to be eligible to vote in the upcoming primary elections.

The primary elections are set for Tuesday, June 28, said Osage County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner.

Persons who are U.S. citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters, Conner said.

For persons 18 and over who have never been registered to vote, as well as persons who are not currently registered in the county of their residence, and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information: All these persons may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight on June 3.

Conner said applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted and processed, but the applications will not be approved until after the June 28 primary.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office at 630 Kihekah Ave. in Pawhuska.


Registration is continuing for the Pawhuska High School “All School Reunion,” on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4.

The PHS Class of 1966 will serve as host for the Saturday night Dinner, Music and Dance, set from 6 p.m. until midnight at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge.

Recommended attire is very casual. Dinner will consist of hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans and desserts. There also will be snacks and cash bar. Music from all eras is to be provided.

Tickets for the dinner and dance will be available at the door at a cost of $35 person.

$35 cost $35 per person Checks should be made out to: Larry Stuart at P.O. Box 678 in Hominy, OK 74035. Please neote on check: For 2016 Reunion and include the year of your graduation, maiden name (if applicable), and the name of your spouse or guest. Everyone is asked to contact former classmates and encourage them to attend.


The Lodge at Taylor Ranch is sponsoring a “Kids Day” on Sunday, June 5.

A fishing derby, swimming, hiking and other family activities are planned for the event, which is scheduled to last from from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Disc golf also will be offered, of course, as the Lodge at Taylor Ranch — located six miles south of Pawhuska on State Highway 99 — is home to two of the area’s premiere 18-hole courses.

Participants at the event are encouraged to bring their own fishing poles and golfing discs (as well as swimming apparel, sunscreen and insect repellant). Lunches will be available for $5. Children must be accompanied by their parents or other adult guardians.


Pawhuska Community Foundation has announced $20,000 in grant opportunities available for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving the Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The grant application can be found at The original application deadline of May 31, has been extended until June 15.

PCF is requesting applications from any nonprofit which provides programs and services to the Pawhuska community. PCF will award a total of up to $20,000 to nonprofit organizations which are selected.

PCF seeks to make a positive difference in the future of Pawhuska, Oklahoma by empowering individuals, groups and the organizations of Pawhuska to strengthen and sustain the economic base, environment and quality of life in the area. Since 1993, PCF has been hard at work pursuing this mission through support and funding of local community projects like the Ben Johnson Memorial Project, National Indian Taco Championship and Skate Board Park. In 2009, PCF became an affiliate of Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF). This partnership has allowed PCF to invest more of its resources into the community and spend less on administrative and operational costs. More information about PCF can be found by visiting