Barnsdall

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 […]


Barnsdall police seeking armed robbery suspects

Police are seeking two people, one armed with a gun, who burst into a house in Barnsdall wearing bandanas over their faces and stole a bag full of prescription medicine, including several narcotics. Police Chief John Ferguson said that the armed robbery occurred between 1:30 and 1:51 p.m. Wednesday April 16 in the 600 block […]


Wheels for a better future

Wheels for a better future

Korey McGowen had a big win when he attended a retreat for burn victims a few weeks ago in Tulsa. He won a new car, not by sheer luck of the draw, but because he wrote the most compelling essay – and gave the most compelling interview – about why he needed one. The 17-year-old […]


Barnsdall and Pawhuska baseball tournaments


Examiner-Enterprise report on tightening birth control access sparks outrage against St. John Health System

A report by the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise that Jane Phillips Medical Center had barred its affiliated doctors – which includes those in Pawhuska and Barnsdall – from prescribing contraceptives solely for the use of birth control set off a litany of protests in the past week. Last week, the newspaper reported, based on anonymous sources, that […]


Mrs. Oklahoma!

Mrs. Oklahoma!

Michelle Wilson Evans has never been in a beauty pageant in her life. She was better known, a few years back, as a soccer star at Union High School in Tulsa who went on to win a college scholarship in that sport. But one day recently, she was getting her hair done in Tulsa when […]


At 100 years, a full and generous life.

At 100 years, a full and generous life.

Mildred McKinney was five years old when she moved to Barnsdall in the fall of 1919, making her way with her father, mother and brother by horse-drawn buggy from Mounds as a covered wagon carried their belongings. Her family had worked the land before, edging out a living, but Barnsdall was a land of opportunity. […]


OHP: Woman injured in DUI motorcycle accident in Barnsdall

A Barnsdall woman was injured in a motorcycle accident on OK 123 at 4:19 Thursday after the driver of the bike attempted a “wheelie” at a high rate of speed, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Injured was Tiffany Winter, 25, who was taken by ambulance to Jane Phillips Hospital in Bartlesville then moved to […]


Granny got her gun

Granny got her gun

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, 88-year-old Goldie Compton was asleep, CPAP machine purring and her hearing aids out, when her dog started barking. And wouldn’t hush. So Mrs. Compton, CPAP mask still attached and in her pajamas, went to investigate. She heard a few bangs, and when she looked outside, she saw a […]


Hominy track meet


Boil-water alert cautioned for Barnsdall

Boil-water alert cautioned for Barnsdall

Barnsdall’s water woes, which seem to be coming with great rapidity, left much of the city without water again on Monday and Tuesday after a leak was discovered under the concrete floor of the water plant. The city is under a voluntary boil-water alert until further notice and water plant manager Kathy Brown said she […]


4H Junior livestock show

4H Junior livestock show

Barnsdall softball vs. Sperry


StandingBear and Gray, Red Corn and Proctor, to face off in Osage elections for top tribal positions

StandingBear and Gray, Red Corn and Proctor, to face off in Osage elections for top tribal positions

Less than 90 minutes after the polls closed Monday night, the unofficial results were in for the Osage Nation’s first primary election for its executive branch offices. With Geoffrey StandingBear receiving more than 60 percent of the votes cast in the principal chief’s race, only 12 ballots separated the second and third place finishers. Despite […]


Legislators razz Osage county, movie industry

  Osage County’s brush with stardom in the Oscar-nominated film August: Osage County sparked some amazing debate on the floor of the state House of Representatives on Monday, when legislators voted to deep-six a 10-year, $50 million film tax rebate bill. On Tuesday, the House reversed itself, voting to approve the bill that gives filmmakers […]


Twice a State Champion

When Caleb Hawes takes to the wrestling mat, he stands out: He’s calm, controlled, studied. And when he wins, he stands out, too. He doesn’t gloat, leap in the air or strut with his forefingers in the air to show he’s No. 1. On Saturday night, after he won the state championship at 195 pounds, […]