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May 7, 2015 E-Edition

May 7, 2015 E-Edition

The Bigheart Times e-edition is exactly like the printed paper, you can even flip the pages like a real newspaper, but it’s online. Don’t wait for the printing press or mailman anymore. Get the Bigheart Times bright and early on your computer or mobile device. We recommend the e-editions for desktop users, and our main […]


ONPD cop kills man, leaves

ONPD cop kills man, leaves

An Osage Nation police officer who formerly worked for the Skiatook Police Department fatally wounded a man with his patrol pickup truck in Tulsa on Friday night. Officer Corey Blake Stewart, 26, was off-duty when he hit Shawn Rex Watashe, 55, near 73rd East Avenue and  East Admiral Place around 9:30 p.m. According to law […]


6+ Felonies net no jail time

Pearson Leon O’Neal, a Skiatook businessman and one-time city council candidate who faced more than a half-dozen felony charges ranging from endeavoring to cultivate of marijuana to cruelty to animals, struck a bargain with prosecutors on Wednesday and received a five-year suspended sentence. O’Neal, 52, had been charged with a flurry of felonies in a […]


Tribal structure changes afoot

With the Osage Nation Congress adopting three bills Friday afternoon by razor-thin margins, an overhaul for several Osage Nation departments is on the horizon. Touting a projected savings of more than $250,000 to the tribe, three bills would reorganize several divisions currently under the Executive Branch’s purview, including Governmental Operations; Child, Family and Senior Community […]


Graduate of Iwo Jima

Graduate of Iwo Jima

In 1942, Bill Larkin was 16, a farm boy and an athlete at Skiatook High School who played football, basketball and baseball. When his basketball coach, Pat Dunlap, left before the season ended because he could get a commission in the armed forces fighting in World War II, change started rolling into Larkin’s life. He […]


DA takes case to Supremes

District Attorney Rex Duncan is continuing his quest to thwart two administrative orders that would create a drug court in Pawnee County and to hire a bailiff for a judge by taking the matter to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In an appeal filed Monday, Duncan says that the two orders signed by Associate District Court […]


A judge & a character dies

A judge & a character dies

William H. Mattingly. a longtime judge, former District Attorney and waggish character, died on Tax Day and was laid to rest in Pawhuska on Monday. He was remembered as a man of legal prowess, especially in probate law and as a formidable prosecutor, but most people adored him for his often silly adventures and self-deprecating […]


Tribe mulls gay marriage

Thanks in part to an Associated Press article, the Osage Nation may be changing its marriage laws. On Monday, Congresswoman Shannon Edwards introduced ONCA 15-54, which would alter the tribe’s marriage laws to include gay and lesbian couples. The tribe’s current statute, adopted in 2012, does not explicitly ban gay marriage, but defines the union […]


Full of vim and smiles at 100

Full of vim and smiles at 100

When Edna Callahan arrived at the Pawhuska Community Center at 11 a.m. sharp on Saturday, she was in fine fettle, with a big smile and a cheerful wave to a small boy who ran to greet her. For a woman celebrating her 100th birthday, she was downright peppy. Born in Caddo County on April 18, […]


Arrested WAC roughed up

An Osage County veteran, a 74-year-old woman who taught in the Women’s Army Corps, was roughed up as she was arrested for allegedly assaulting a federal law enforcement officer. Patty Jean Phelps, who suffers from heart problems, uses a wheelchair and is on oxygen, is accused of using her car to assault Veteran Affairs’ police […]


Pain incompatible with life

Pain incompatible with life

A year and a half ago, Lisa Kehrberg was intolerably ill. Her abdomen was hugely distended and felt like it housed a raging fire, she was vomiting uncontrollably, could not eat or drink, was semi-paralyzed and had trouble breathing. A Chicago hospital admitted her, performing CAT scans, ultrasounds, an endoscopy, a colonoscopy and other tests […]


Osages dip into savings

The Osage Nation Congress may be cracking open its piggy bank to finance two direct service programs. On Wednesday, the Congress voted to adopt a recommendation from its Appropriations Committee to take $2 million out of the tribe’s $30 million permanent fund to help finance the tribe’s college scholarship program and its health benefit card.  […]


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 […]


A fiery first

A fiery first

From her family’s perspective, Greta Hurt was destined to become a schoolteacher. Her mother, Joyce, was one, and her sisters are now. And Hurt complied. She went to Pittsburgh State University on a basketball scholarship out of Barnsdall and entered the ranks of teacher hood at Glenpool Middle School, teaching science and coaching basketball and […]


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 […]


Conner makes All-State

Conner makes All-State

It takes a village to get an all-state bid to western Osage County. After leading her team to within a game of the school’s first state tournament berth since 1991, Woodland senior guard Ray Lee Conner will play on the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association’s small east All-State team later this year. Although honored and […]


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 […]


Osage Nation may have to tap reserves

Citing financial concerns, the Osage Nation Congress may be tapping into its permanent fund to keep two of its entitlement programs sufficiently funded for the rest of the year. On Tuesday, the Congress’ Appropriations Committee voted 4-1 to recommend accessing $2 million from the tribe’s permanent fund to finance bills that would allocate more money […]


Grave mischief irks victims

Grave mischief irks victims

A one-day blitz of thievery and vandalism at the Pawhuska Cemetery has relatives of the deceased hopping mad and upset but any arrests are unlikely because it was apparently perpetrated by children who were only 7 years old, police say. “I told their parents that they could do more punishment than I could,” said Pawhuska […]


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 […]


Tribe hires new AG

So much for retirement. On Feb. 28, Holli Wells officially stepped down as a special district judge for Cherokee County. On Wednesday, she was introduced as the Osage Nation’s second attorney general, pending confirmation by the tribe’s legislature during its spring session. “My intention was to take some time off, get some rest and do […]


Tribe looking at declining revenue, more

Defending Osage sovereignty and a looming potential government reorganization in light of a budget crunch were the headlining topics of the 2015 edition of the Osage State of the Nation address. Rather than deliver it earlier in March at Sovereignty Day, Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear offered up the remarks Monday as his executive message […]


Osage Congress tackling drug banishments, village status

As of Monday, the spring 2015 Hun-Kah session is underway for the fourth Osage Nation Congress. “The legislative priorities for this session are to work together and follow our processes that we need to go through to move our legislation through and get to the end,” Speaker Maria Whitehorn said. “We need to keep it […]


Burbank woman critically injured in wreck

Burbank woman critically injured in wreck

A Burbank woman was critically injured in a car accident Friday in Pawnee County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Arlene Christenson, 78, was airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa after the accident on OK 18 two miles north of Pawnee at 12:44 p.m., according to a report by Trooper Justin Garrison. The report […]