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One era ends, another begins

One era ends, another begins

  More than 43 years ago, when John Dahl decided to cast his hat in the race for the Oklahoma Senate, Buck Wells was a young guy working at the Philips 66 gas station in Barnsdall. Dahl’s wife, Lucille, wasn’t up for the challenge of raising a family and running a busy feed store they […]


2013: A look back

2013: A look back

Happy New Year and may 2014 be perpetually happy. Here is a look back at the stories we wrote about in 2013. January 3 The body of Timothy Hauser, 62, is found in a briar patch. He has been missing since leaving the Bartlesville casino early Aug. 9 and the discovery of the body leads […]


Holding tight with blood, sweat and adrenaline

There was plenty of blood, sweat and mud at this year’s annual Cavalcade Rodeo in Pawhuska. Barnsdall’s assistant police chief found out all too well just how tough and bloody the Cavalcade can be during his first ever entry into the rodeo. “A good buddy talked me into doing that,” he said. That being the […]


Skiatook queen ropes herself the Cavalcade crown

A local Osage County Roundup Club has the honor of claiming this year’s Cavalcade Queen as their own, after Skiatook Roundup Club member Kelcee Dickman rode, or splashed in Sunday’s case, around the Osage County Fairgrounds arena with the shining silver Cavalcade Queen crown, new chaps, belt buckle and saddle. Dickman, 24, who won the […]


Cavalcade contestants go strong

Cavalcade contestants go strong

The annual Cavalcade continues at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska. Read the results on the Cavalcade’s official website. The Winners of the Two Steppin Contest from Tuesday night’s street dance are: 1.    David and Breane Fesler 2.    Daniene Hamm and Heath Hutchinson 3.    Jeff & Terri Bute Window Decorating Contest Winners: 1.  American Heritage […]


Rodeo weekend

Rodeo weekend

The Cattlemen’s Association Ranch Rodeo, Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping and Avant Fire Department’s Wild & Wooly benefit rodeo came to the Osage this past weekend. The ranch rodeo took place Friday at the Osage County fairgrounds in Pawhuska Friday night, followed by the steer roping Saturday. Rain drove the steer roping event inside to […]


Tiny cowboy wins mutton busting competition

Tiny cowboy wins mutton busting competition

The Avant Fire Department fundraising rodeo in Skiatook this weekend wasn’t just for adults, little half-pints got to participate as well, riding wild furry beasts and holding on for dear life. Mutton busting, an event in which a child tries to ride a sheep for eight seconds or as long as he or she can […]


Uh-oh, Wagons Ho!

Uh-oh, Wagons Ho!

The Oklahoma Championship Wagon Races rumbled through Skiatook Saturday and Sunday. Contestants from throughout the Mid-west came to compete in the event which featured not only wagon racing, but horse racing, wild cow milking and burro racing. Read the full story by Sally Asher. By Louise Red Corn


JRRA, Open Ranch Rodeo rides into Pawhuska

JRRA, Open Ranch Rodeo rides into Pawhuska

A Junior Ranch Rodeo event, followed by an Open Ranch Rodeo, came into town at the Osage County Fairground in Pawhuska on Sunday. By Rachel Anne Seymour


Turning a blind eye to barrel racing

Turning a blind eye to barrel racing

Nearly two weeks ago Alexis Howell rode up to the starting line of the Oklahoma Cowgirls Association Jackpot barrel race in Sperry with her 13-year-old gelding. She had made similar runs hundreds of times and hundreds of competitions, but was the first time she had done so since her horse, Woodrow, went blind in his […]


Arena open – sort of

The Clarence Brantley Indoor Arena at the Osage County Fairgrounds has been given the OK by a state fire marshal to take bookings have have events at the arena even though they still need to add flashing lights and alarms in the bathroom. The arena has been closed for 10 months. A roping event was […]


Going once, going twice… sold!

Going once, going twice... sold!

Osage County’s 4-H groups gathered up at the county fairgrounds for showmanship contested starting Thursday. Awards were handed out Friday before the livestock auction at 7 p.m. By Rachel Anne Seymour and Louise Red Corn


Horse thief pleads guilty

Horse thief pleads guilty

A Wynona  man pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony counts of larceny of domestic animals after stealing two horses he was hired to break and train. Michael John Delaney II, 28, received a 10-year deferred sentence with supervised probation and was ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution and another $1,700 in court costs. According to […]


2012: Some of our favorite photos

2012: Some of our favorite photos

Ropin’ a role in Hollywood

Ropin' a role in Hollywood

Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln is third in the box office with $25.7 million as of Tuesday, behind Skyfall and Breaking Dawn – Part 2, while the buzz around the 2013 release of The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp is getting louder. And what do these two films have in common besides big Hollywood stars and […]


Three local cowboy place in national finals steep roping

Three local cowboy place in national finals steep roping

Three cowboys from Osage County placed in the top fifteen of the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping at the the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie this past weekend. Chet Herren of Pawhuska came in sixth. Pawhuskan Rod Hartness came in thirteenth, and Skiatook’s Ralph Williams came in fourteenth.   Full results listed below with our local […]


New press yields new look

New press yields new look

Whoa! What happened to The Bigheart Times this week? Well, after decades of printing at the Sapulpa Daily Herald, this week we decided to move on and use the press at Muskogee, that’s what. The new press has prompted some major changes, as you can see. We have a TON more color: 12 pages instead […]


Pawhuskan wins Chisholm Trail steer roping average, earns berth at NFR

Chet Herren roped and tied down three steers in 39.8 seconds Friday morning at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center during the first Prairie Circuit average champion of the 2012 Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals to win the title and earn the right to compete at the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping in […]


Enter our Halloween costume contest

Enter our Halloween costume contest

The Bigheart Times is having a Halloween costume contest this year. There are three categories: Adult Child (Jr High and younger) Group/Business To enter email the photo to info@bighearttimes.com  and let us know what category you want to enter, along with full names, ages/grade of those pictured. Send us the photo(s) by 2  p.m. Sun., […]


If it’s not one accident, it’s another: Mayor’s wife facing pending DWI, hit-and-run charges

If it's not one accident, it's another: Mayor's wife facing pending DWI, hit-and-run charges

Shane Davis had been Barnsdall’s acting police chief for less than 12 hours Friday when he found himself in an uncomfortable spot: Having to file charges against the mayor’s wife after an alleged hit-and-run accident involving alcohol. Susan Cole, wife of Mayor J.D. Cole, faces pending charges of leaving the scene of an accident and […]


Barnsdall police chief suspended; assistant steps up as interim

Barnsdall police chief suspended; assistant steps up as interim

Matt Clark, Barnsdall’s police chief, was involved in a rollover truck accident on Frank Phillips Boulevard in Bartlesville at 3:30 a.m. Friday. According to Bartlesville Police Capt. Jay Hastings, alcohol is believed to be involved and Clark was given a blood test. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation takes at least two months to get […]


A cowboy’s last ride

A cowboy's last ride

Eddie Mayfield, a man who loved to pull pranks on his buddies and a lifelong cowboy who perked up on his deathbed when the talk turned to cattle, was laid to rest Monday in Barnsdall. He was remembered as a man of enormous humor whose kindness was masked in a decidedly unsympathetic demeanor, a tough-love […]


Cody Thompson benefit rodeo

Cody Thompson benefit rodeo

A benefit rodeo was held for Cody Thompson, who was injured during Bartlesville Rodeo on Aug. 4. The rodeo featured several typical rodeo events, but threw in a little extra special one – bronc riding in drag. The “wild” bronc riding was done by six very brave (and humorous) men at the Osage County Fairgrounds […]


Eddie Mayfield obituary: A lifelong cattleman

O.E. “Eddie” Mayfield went to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his family in his home on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:17A.M. Eddie was born 11/03/1943 to James William “Willie” and Edna Mildred (Jones) Mayfield in the family home of his great-grandmother in rural Shady Point, Oklahoma. Eddie and his parents moved […]