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Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Vocal talent contest slated July 4

The Vocal Stars of Freedom Talent Contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. July 4 at the historic Constantine Theater in Pawhuska. Sunday, June 30, is the deadline to enter. This event is a vocal talent contest for ages 5 years and up. Age categories are 5-9 years; 10-13 years; 14-19 years; and 20-plus years. All vocal genres are acceptable.

To request a copy of the entry form for the contest, send an email to For more information, call D’Lynn Everett at 407-810-7464.


ECP applications being accepted

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Jay Goff has announced that Osage County is accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to address damages from the flood. ECP signup began on June 17 and is scheduled to end on July 17.

The approved ECP practices under this authorization include debris removal, grading, shaping, releveling, restoration of fences and restoring conservation structures.

ECP assists producers with the recovery cost to restore the agricultural land to pre-disaster conditions. Approved ECP applicants may receive up to 75% of the cost of approved restoration activity.

“Dealing with natural disasters is never easy, especially when you have to consider the health and safety of livestock, but it’s important for producers to call our office before they take any action,” Goff said.

Producers with damage from such events must apply for assistance prior to beginning reconstructive work. FSA’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and environmental compliance review process is required to be completed before any actions are taken. Submitting an application after reconstructive work has been completed may not qualify for ECP.

FSA county committees will evaluate applications based on an on-site inspection of the damaged land, taking into consideration the type and extent of the damage. An on-site inspection does not guarantee that cost-share funding will be provided.

The use of ECP funds is limited to activities to return the land to the relative pre-disaster condition. Conservation concerns that were present on the land prior to the disaster are not eligible for ECP assistance.

For more information on ECP, please contact the Osage County FSA office at 918-287-3570 or visit


How to apply for disaster aid

Individuals wishing to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance in relation to recent flooding can call 1-800-621-3362. If you use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585. If using 711 or Video Relay Service, the number is 1-800-621-3362. Online registration is also available at

Information you need to have available includes: your zip code; directions to your property; the condition of your damaged home; insurance information, if available; your Social Security Number; a phone number where you can be contacted; and an address where you can receive mail.

When you register, you will receive a FEMA registration number. You should write down this number and save it. You will need the number whenever you contact FEMA.

Disaster assistance funds can be sent directly to your bank account. You will want to provide FEMA with your bank account type, your account number and your bank routing number.


Let It Ride to perform June 29

On Saturday, June 29, Terry Melton and the Let It Ride Band will perform at the Jack R. Ellis Memorial Theater in downtown Nowata. At 116 N. Maple, the theater is home to the Nowata Country Jubilee. The popular Bartlesville-area band will present a night filled with an entertaining repertoire of country-western and rock music.

The dance floor is ready, plus there is comfortable theater seating. Adult admission cost is $10. Children under 12 are admitted free when supervised. The theater doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. The theater is handicapped-accessible. Parking is free. Food is available and door prizes, donated by area businesses, are drawn at the intermission. There is a 50-50 pot drawing. The Theater is tobacco-free and alcohol-free.