Barnsdall

A beautiful life, snuffed

A beautiful life, snuffed

In one dreadful moment on Thursday morning, a perpetual smile in Barnsdall was snuffed from this world. Caitlan Doty, 19, was killed in a car accident at highway 11 and Nelagoney Road when she went rhough a stop sign and into the path of a box truck, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. She was […]


New law: Bring parents to park

New law: Bring parents to park

No more unwatched children at the park, says the Barnsdall City Council, which passed an ordinance last week banning children under 12 from unless accompanied by an adult. Townspeople say that the park has endured a rash of vandalism, prompting the city to adopt the ordinance, which also prohibits littering, profanity, tree climbing, property destruction […]


Owls move into Pythian castle

Owls move into Pythian castle

Barnsdall’s has a few new feathery inhabitants: secreted away in the top floor of Jack Kelley’s 5th street building, a parliament of barn owls has taken up residence. While Kelley is not certain when precisely the owls moved in, he is anxious to have them gone – but not anxious enough to do just anything […]


Two hurt in head-on crash near Avant

One man was critically injured and another seriously on Friday near Avant in Osage County when one, distracted, went left of center and hit the other car  head-on, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Alexander Zaltosky, 19, of Tulsa, was flown to St. John Hospital and admitted in critical condition with head, arm, leg and […]


Bigheart Day 2015 (photo gallery)

Bigheart Day 2015 (photo gallery)

Barnsdall Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Barnsdall Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

‘Real Scrappers’

'Real Scrappers'

As the 2015 baseball season came to a close, Coach Patrick McCarty reflected on the year, commenting that the team greatly improved from the beginning of the season to the end. “I am proud of how they played all year,” he said. “They are a good bunch guys and are all real scrappers.” Coach McCarty’s […]


Sooner — not Golden — State

Maryjane, we’re not in California anymore. A Barnsdall couple was formally charged with distributing marijuana last Wednesday after deputies executed a search warrant at their home on West Vine and found 300 grams of marijuana – weed the couple said they could sell anywhere in the United States because they had medical marijuana permits from […]


101-year-old escapes fire

101-year-old escapes fire

Thelma Bennett had to move fast on Thursday evening when her home on Vine near Sixth in Barnsdall suddenly caught fire – but at 101 years old, that was a challenge. But she got out, in her bare feet, as flames erupted in the dining room of the mobile home and soon consumed the front […]


Voters want to pay an extra %1 in sales tax

A proposal to raise the sales tax in Barnsdall by 1 cent for street repairs passed by huge margin Tuesday evening, while Brock Moore ousted incumbent mayor J.D. Cole to take over that post by 25 votes, according to unofficial returns. The sales tax measure, which passed 202-29,  brings Barnsdall’s tax rate in line with […]


Wind tunnels, gadget trees and mazes

Wind tunnels, gadget trees and mazes

Late last month, the Barnsdall Junior High and High School Gifted and Talented group traveled to the Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. There were 42 students and 4 sponsors who made the trip. The Science Museum is filled with innovative and engaging exhibits that encourage young people to use their minds to think “outside […]


From fire, an inky future

From fire, an inky future

Out of the fetid, sooty and soggy remains of the old Barnsdall Times building, a fresh start got under way on Saturday. The old letterpresses, on which Supreme Court opinions, police tickets for Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Bartlesville and all manner of other documents were printed, were hauled out of the ruins and moved to […]


Warrant: Search based on execs’ hunch

Warrant: Search based on execs' hunch

  Bartlesville police obtained a search warrant based on the suspicions of three Jane Phillips Medical Center administrators that a former hospital executive was behind a series of prank letters that reflect poorly on the hospital and the three current executives. The target of the search, Mark Aldridge, a former chief financial officer at Pawhuska […]


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!