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Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Pawhuska Library announces winners

Library Director Yvonne Rose has announced the winners of a recent summer competition sponsored by the Pawhuska Library.

From the Pawhuska Elementary Summer School 3rd grade Reading Class:

Anika Sutherland - OVERALL WINNER for her two stories “A New Friend” and “Best Friends;”

Lillie Ann Thomas - 2nd place for her story “Meatballs for Breakfast;”

Levi Burch - 3rd place - for his story “The Radioactive Peanut;”

Kaydence Rippitoe - Honorable Mention for her story “What’s Your Name?;”

and Hayden Rippitoe - Honorable Mention for his story “Cat and Dog”

From the Wah-Zha-Zhe Early Learning Academy (WELA), 1st grade & under:

J.D. Fergeson, Michael Walker, and Cooper Batton receive Honorable Mention for participating and turning in completed activity packets.

From the community at large:

Kolbe James Shay (6 years old) - Honorable Mention for his “Water Diver” story.

All children participating may visit the Pawhuska Public Library and receive a prize and a free book to keep.

Library address: 1801 Lynn Avenue, Pawhuska; phone 918-287-3989. Library hours: 9:30 am - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


‘Rejection 2’ to be shown July 16

The film “Rejection 2,” in which Pawhuska’s own Tre Harper, a recent graduate of Pawhuska High School, has a supporting role, is scheduled to be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Constantine Theater on Main Street downtown. Admission will be free of charge. The film is rated “R,” so any minor children attending will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Pawhuska Library program is underway

The Pawhuska Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Program, titled “Imagine Your Story,” began June 15, 2020. Due to social distancing, a major focus of this year’s reading program is handouts of book-and-craft bags, a writing contest, and prizes.

Teen Summer Reading/Adult Summer Reading: Teens and adults reading at least six books during summer 2020, June 15 – August 15, will have their names entered in a drawing for a gift certificate from a local Pawhuska business. One teen winner 12 – 17 years old, and one adult winner will be chosen.

Pawhuska Library is open 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to browse and check out books. If patrons are concerned about social contact, curb service is available. Also e-books can be checked out through the library’s website,, or through the Ok Virtual Library. Ask librarians for instructions for e-book check out.

The Library currently is able to host small group meetings of 10 persons or fewer. As of Thursday, June 18, the library began hosting a weekly story time on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Call ahead to register to attend, 918-287-3989. Or, call with a request for an age-appropriate program for your small group. Topics may be targeted for children, teens, or adults; programming is subject to library needs.

Sponsors of Summer Reading are the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Sonic Corporation.


OBI collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is collecting convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from COVID-19, as part of an experimental initiative to use the product to treat seriously ill patients.

By creating the only statewide registry of available patients, Oklahoma Blood Institute can ensure local patients receive the donated products and have the best possible chance at fighting the illness.

“We’re excited to play our part in ensuring Oklahomans have access to all treatment options, including convalescent plasma,” said John Armitage, MD, president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute.

Donors are encouraged to sign up for Oklahoma’s registry at: Bio-Linked allows users to submit confidential health and social information via a secure site and to list themselves as potential volunteers for medical research. Once qualified, plasma will be drawn, with each donor providing up to three therapeutic plasma doses.

“The Oklahoma State Medical Association is proud to have partnered with the Oklahoma Blood Institute to initiate this proactive program for our COVID-19 patients who may suffer from severe disease in the future,” said Larry A. Bookman, M.D., president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association.

To provide convalescent plasma, donors must be eligible to donate blood and meet the criteria below:

—Prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a positive laboratory test;

—Present negative results for COVID-19, either from nasal swabs or a molecular (RNA or nucleic acid) diagnostic blood test;

—Symptom-free for 14 days prior to donation;

—If female, either no history of pregnancy or negative for HLA (tissue typing) antibodies.