Barnsdall

Five alarms on Fifth

Five alarms on Fifth

At 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday, my phone made a burbly noise I had never heard before. By the time I realized it was a Facebook phone call from Barnsdall City Treasurer Dianne Garrett, I had missed it. I inwardly cursed Facebook for trying to take over all forms of communication in the world. Then came […]


Panthers send 4 to state

Panthers send 4 to state

The Barnsdall Panther wrestlers, led by Coach’s Shawn Wilson and Pat McCarty, made a respectable showing by placing in the fifth spot as a team at the 3A East Regional Tournament that was held Feb. 20 and 21 in Sperry.  Barnsdall placed above the other teams in their district – Tonkawa, Pawhuska, Newkirk, Morrison, and […]


Fire threatens historic Barnsdall block

Fire threatens historic Barnsdall block

A massive fire broke out tonight in the former beauty shop and home of Marvin and Estelle Bridgeford, then spread to the original Bigheart Times printing plant and office, and was threatening the former Knights of Pythias Hall, owned by Ronnie Kelley and which houses several classic cars. When we left, heartbroken and hopeless, the […]


Panthers, Lady Cougars score District wins

Panthers, Lady Cougars score District wins

For several small school Osage County basketball teams, it is now win or go home time. With wins Friday and Saturday night over South Coffeyville and Woodland respectively, Barnsdall High School’s boys team (14-10) is homeward bound for the first round of the Class A regionals. The Panthers will play No. 4 Okay (25-1) at […]


4-day week may be in future

The majority of people who responded to a survey supported switching from a five-day to a four-day school week, according to results reported to the Pawhuska School Board on Monday, More than 58 percent – 428 of the 557 people who responded to the survey – said that they wanted to go to a four-day […]


Pennies for potholes

Barnsdall voters will decide in April whether they are willing to put a little dough into their crumbling city streets, facing the question of paying an extra penny in sales tax or the potential expense of repairing a broken axle. On Friday, the City Council, with one absent, voted unanimously to put a proposed one-cent […]


Refinery proposed near Barnsdall

Citing the need for additional information, the Osage Minerals Council declined to take any action Wednesday afternoon on a request to publicly support plans for a potential refinery near Barnsdall. Brought forward by Florence Tranum, the proposed Bigheart Canal refinery north of Barnsdall on OK 123  would create about 30 permanent full-time jobs while processing […]


Tough guys take to the mats

Tough guys take to the mats

Panther hoopsters have a tough week

The Barnsdall varsity girls played in the Sperry Tournament this past weekend. Their opening game was Tuesday against Glenpool, they fell short 58-52. Then on Friday they played Caney Valley and ended up losing 54-17. On Saturday they played Pawhuska and lost 41-17. They ended up losing in the tournament and they fought hard but […]


Caroling in the Cold

Caroling in the Cold

Barnsdall Hoops!

Barnsdall Hoops!

Barnsdall man killed on Javine Hill

A Barnsdall man was killed on Javine Hill Road on Saturday when he drove his car off the roadway then overcorrected and rolled, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Leslie Lee Bird, 77, died at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa after he was flown to the hospital after the 11:20 a.m. accident 2.5 miles south […]


Three arrests, three lawsuits

Osage County is asking a judge to reconsider a ruling in which he issues a summary judgment in favor of a Barnsdall man who claims he was falsely arrested three times. At a hearing on Friday, Wellon Poe, a lawyer for the Board of County Commissioners, said that Judge B. David Gambill had misconstrued several […]


Barnsdall football homecoming 2014

Barnsdall football homecoming 2014

Investing in a classic

Investing in a classic

The former Bank of Bigheart, long neglected but still proud at the corner of Main and Fifth in Barnsdall, underwent a massive facelift in just one day on Tuesday and by Friday should be sporting all new windows. “I don’t know what I’m doing and if I did know, I probably wouldn’t be doing it,” […]


Barnsdall too broke to remove speed bumps, give raises

Despite some exasperated comments on social media, the speed bumps – or speed Mt. Kilimanjaros – by Barnsdall’s City Park are staying put for the time being. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council voted 3-1 not to remove the deteriorating speed bumps built long ago by Charlie Shreffler, who is now resting in peace. […]


Times wins top award

Times wins top award

The Bigheart Times, always a bridesmaid and never a bride in statewide press competitions, broke the cycle of being No. 2 over the weekend when it won the top award for newspapers of its size in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Press Association awarded the paper the Sequoyah Award Friday night, meaning the paper was judged the […]


They, too, served, and now will be honored in bronze

They, too, served, and now will be honored in bronze

Six women soldiers and a child arrived in Pawhuska this week, ready to be cast into bronze for a large Women Veterans Memorial in Del City. The sculptures – five women soldiers united by their hands around a flagpole and another National Guard solider sitting next to a child at a reflecting pool – are […]


For the love of music

For the love of music

When she was much younger, Michaela Gordon would dance her heart off in the living room of her Barnsdall home. From the ages of four through 11, she’d flit about until her brother Maxwell got sufficiently irritated that their mother, Debra Gordon, would tell her that was quite enough. At 11, Michaela discovered she could […]


Bigheart Day 2014

Bigheart Day 2014

Barnsdall High School Graduation 2014

Barnsdall High School Graduation 2014

Third grade reading tests vary widely in Osage county

The raw numbers from this spring’s state reading tests are in and school districts across Oklahoma are figuring out what to do next. On Friday, the Oklahoma Department of Education released the results of the statewide third-grade reading tests. Third grade students who scored within the range of one of three categories – advanced, proficient […]


Baseball season over for Osage County

The 2014 high school baseball season is over in Osage County. After sweeping a doubleheader against Adair in the district tournament, the Pawhuska Huskies went 1-2 at its regional tournament Wednesday and Thursday. After opening with a 14-13 win over Salina (19-16), the Huskies dropped two straight games, a 16-0 loss Wednesday night to top-ranked […]


Lady Panthers playing for state championship; Huskies baseball to regionals

Lady Panthers playing for state championship; Huskies baseball to regionals

Two area teams are staying out the diamond for a few more innings this week. After sweeping its regional tournament in Morrison Thursday, the No. 6 Barnsdall Lady Panthers (24-11) will open the Class 3A state tournament at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday against Wister (11-10) on Field No. 2 at Shawnee’s The Ballfields at Firelake. Located […]