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Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Deadline nears to

request absentee ballots

Only a week remains for registered voters in Osage County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the Aug. 28, 2018, City of Tulsa, McCord School C-07757 Proposition, and federal, state and county runoff primary elections, according to County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau.

Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the County Election Board no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, to be processed in time for the election.

Absentee voters may apply in person at the county election board office or may send their applications by mail, fax, or email. An online version of the form may be filled out and submitted electronically at Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason, Chouteau said; however, absentee voters can activate certain special conditions in the following circumstances:

• Registered voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may apply for absentee ballots only by mail, fax, email, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.

• Registered voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may apply by mail, by fax, by email, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.

• Military personnel, residents of Osage County living overseas, and the spouses and dependents of each group may apply only by mail, by fax, or by email. For more information and instructions, military and overseas voters may visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website:

Sample ballots are now available on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the Aug. 28, 2018, City of Tulsa, McCord School C-07757, and federal, state and county runoff primary elections.

Sample ballots are also available at the Osage County Election Board office.

Kelly Chouteau, Secretary of the Osage County Election Board, said that sample ballots can be viewed at the election board office, located at 630 Kihekah Ave in Pawhuska, Okla., during regular office hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sample ballots also will be posted outside every precinct polling place on Tuesday so that voters can review them before casting their votes.

Ballots that will be issued to voters include the following: City of Tulsa; McCord School; federal, state and county runoff primary elections.

For more election-related information, contact the Osage County Election Board at 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska, call (918) 287-3036, e-mail at or visit or


Car Show slated

for Aug. 25

Shidler’s annual car show is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Coussens Park, North Cosden Avenue, Shidler. The park will be open for registration of entries at 8:30 a.m., with the show commencing at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

Dash plaques for the first 150 entries will be presented at 3:30 p.m. along with the Best of Show Award. The Shidler Volunteer Fire Dept. is, again, operating the concession stand with the proceeds as one of the fundraisers for the Rescue Truck ancillary equipment. Automotive related vendor space is available.

Pre-registration is $15. After Aug. 22, registration is $20. Registration forms are available online at For more information, send an email to


Labor Day Celebration

set Sept. 1-3

The Arkansas River town of Ralston has planned a three-day extravaganza, Sept. 1-3, in honor of Labor Day. The festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, with registration for a one-mile fun run, which will begin at 9 a.m. Other key attractions Sept. 1 will include a Smoke Off, and a Cruise In and Car Show.

Registration for the Smoke Off will be from 9-10 a.m. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Judging will be from 4:30 to 5 p.m., and awards will be announced at 5:30 p.m.

The Cruise In and Car Show will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with awards at 2:30 p.m.

The culmination of the first day will be a street dance at 8 p.m. on Sixth Street, with music provided by the Midland Valley Band.

Sunday evening, Sept. 2, a gospel music concert is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. At dusk, an outdoor movie is planned.

On Monday, Sept. 3, events are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and to conclude about 6 p.m. Parade registration will be from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at J&S Hobbies on West Main. The parade will be at 11 a.m.

Other events planned for that day include a Terrapin Derby, a Soap Box Derby and a free barbecue feed.

The Ralston Opera House and the Historic Bank Building will be open for touring all three days. Booth spaces are also available for $15 and $25.


Annual event planned

for Sept. 12-15

The Osage County Free Fair will be Sept. 12-15 at the county fairgrounds.

One of the many highlights of the fair will be the Vintage Car Show, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15. There is a $10 fee for each exhibitor. Categories of competition are People’s Choice, Best of Show and Craziest.

Entries will be accepted from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 15. People’s choice judging will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and official judging will take place throughout the entire show. Results of the competition will be announced at 3 p.m.

For more information about this event, call (918) 440-0785, or (918) 532-4453.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, will be largely a work day, when vendors will set up, and still exhibits will be entered between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Livestock entries will also be handled that day, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Fair buildings will be closed and locked by 6 p.m., and judging of small animal entries and still exhibits will take place at 7 p.m. This activity will not be open to the public.

Thursday, Sept. 13, will be School Day at the Osage County Free Fair from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Booths, vendors, games, prizes, inflatables and rides, a magician, mountain men, a vintage quilt show, the Hiland Dairy trailer and the State Farm Safety Trailer will be among the attractions.

Friday, Sept. 14, free fair buildings and attractions will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be 4-H demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; a youth horse show at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Arena; and music under the stars at the Cattlemen’s Stage from 6-8 p.m. The children’s coloring corner and the vintage quilt display will be open from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. — all day.

Saturday, Sept. 15, will be Family Day at the Osage County Free Fair. Among the many attractions will be turtle races at 10 a.m., a dog show and contest at 11 a.m., livestock showing at noon in the arena, a Dance Maker performance at noon in the Ag Building, and a talent show at 3 p.m. in the Ag Building. The free fair closes at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

Elks to hold Steak Night on Saturday

The Pawhuska Elks Lodge will have Steak Night on Saturday, Aug. 18. There will be 12-ounce and 16-ounce rib eyes, hamburgers, hamburger steaks and shrimp dinners. All dinners come with salad bar, rolls, dessert and your choice of a baked potato or french fries. The band will start at 8 p.m.