Osage County

Five hurt in accident between Wynona and Pawhuska

Five hurt in accident between Wynona and Pawhuska

Five people were injured in an accident on OK 99 near Pawhuska on Wednesday morning. Two of the injured were flown to Tulsa hospitals but were reported to be in stable condition, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Hospitalized were Kaylee McCullough, 16, of Wynona, one of the drivers, Chris McCullough, 38, of Lexington, and a […]


Child abuse cases dropped

Felony child abuse charges against a woman whose five-year-old foster son suffered internal head injuries in late 2012 were dismissed last week, at least the third time in the past several months that such a case has been dropped by the District Attorney’s Office. The case against Cari Eckhart, 27, of Skiatook, was dismissed without […]


Logan sworn in at OST

Logan sworn in at OST

Vince Logan, an Osage with roots in Hominy, was sworn in Friday as the Special Trustee for American Indians, a post that has been vacant since 2009. As the fourth trustee in history – and the second Native American in the job – Logan will oversee about $4.4 billion in assets held in trust by […]


Psych evals at odds

Psych evals at odds

  An Avant man whose IQ is estimated at 63 was found legally incompetent by one psychologist and competent by another but will not get a third evaluation, though his lawyer asked for one before the man goes on trial for child sexual abuse and resisting police. Lawyer Geoffrey Standing Bear told Judge M. John […]


One dead, one badly hurt in crash near Skiatook

One dead, one badly hurt in crash near Skiatook

One man died and a child is in critical condition following an accident south of Skiatook on Wednesday morning. Dead is Thomas Blair Jr., 35, of Wagoner. Blair was driving a Chevy van on 52 West Avenue  about 10:13 a.m. Wednesday when a GMC pickup driven by Luis Dominguez-Vargas, 45, of Broken Arrow ran a […]


Video: City manager tells officers not to arrest attorney

Video: City manager tells officers not to arrest attorney

The Pawhuska Police “Body Cam” video showing the city manager at the scene of the accident is available at http://youtu.be/Z2m14m8VfAE   In response to an Open Records Act request Monday, Pawhuska Police released a July 3 video in which the city manager clearly tells officers not to arrest City Attorney Jesse J. Worten III after […]


New Osage chief lauded

New Osage chief lauded

Prompting a round of applause and a chorus of lulus, Geoffrey Standing Bear was sworn Wednesday morning in as principal chief of the Osage Nation at the tribe’s Ponca City casino. A former assistant chief under the tribe’s previous form of government, Standing Bear served a four-year term in Congress and received more than 70 […]


Harris sentencing delayed; AIM wants to take a look at case

Harris sentencing delayed; AIM wants to take a look at case

The formal sentencing of a man who pleaded guilty to rape charges in Pawhuska has been delayed because the American Indian Movement is stepping into the case. Christopher Beatty Harris was to have been sentenced June 25 after he pleaded guilty to rape on June 20 and agreed to a 20-year sentence with all but […]


Pawhuska City Attorney cited for DUI

Pawhuska City Attorney cited for DUI

Pawhuska City Attorney Jesse J. Worten III was charged with drunken driving on Thursday afternoon after he plowed through a neighbor’s yard then high-centered his convertible on a curb. The incident prompted controversy not for its facts but for how the matter was handled by the city, which opted to file the DUI charge in […]


Wind fight on three fronts

Wind fight on three fronts

The Osage Nation and Minerals Council sued the Osage County Board of Commissioners, Board of Adjustment and Osage Wind LLC  last week, seeking to stop construction of a 94-turbine wind farm that was approved in 2011 in what the nation describes as an illegal action by the Board of Adjustment. The filing of the petition […]


Eagle suit filed

Last year, Osage County was ground zero in the battle that pits bird conservationists against wind power. Osage Wind, which is bulldozing roads and turbine pads on the prairie 13 miles west of Pawhuska as court battles loom over the legality of its permit to do so, had asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]


Minerals Council sworn in

Minerals Council sworn in

The Osage Nation and Minerals Council sued the Osage County Board of Commissioners, Board of Adjustment and Osage Wind LLC  last week, seeking to stop construction of a 94-turbine wind farm that was approved in 2011 in what the nation describes as an illegal action by the Board of Adjustment. The filing of the petition […]


Harris pleads to rape

Harris pleads to rape

Christopher Beatty Harris, the former Osage Nation fitness coach whose arrest caused much division in the Native American community in Pawhuska, pleaded guilty Friday to felony first-degree rape and kidnapping. The plea, entered just a few days before he was scheduled to go on trial for the crimes, was made in exchange for a fairly […]


Still sassy at 100

Still sassy at 100

When the odometer rolls over in a human life, it can lead to some awkward moments. Last month, Robbie Burnett took her mom to the doctor, and realized that when she had to fill out some new forms. The “today’s date” she penned into the form was in May 2014, and the next date to […]


Out of right field: Get gassed

Out of right field: Get gassed

An odd sight arose in the middle of right field at the Pawhuska High School softball field a few days ago: An oilfield drilling rig. No, no one is intending on erecting a pump jack out of left field as a new barrier to catching fly balls. As it turns out, the Osage Nation Minerals […]


54 years devoted to kids

54 years devoted to kids

For 55 years, Harold Huffman has devoted himself to children, for better and for worse. He spent 18 years teaching and coaching before settling into the job he has occupied for more than 36 years: Directing Youth Services of Osage County, the charitable organization that contracts with the state of Oklahoma to care for troubled […]


Hominy Dances 2014

Hominy Dances 2014

Trout are out in Pawhuska

The state Wildlife Department says it spent a half-million dollars improving infrastructure at  Lake Pawhuska for the benefit of trout anglers, but will not stock the lake with trout again because it has been at odds with the city over lowering the lake level during trout season. Starting this year, the Wildlife Department will move […]


Ballfields for the future

Ballfields for the future

For Beth Reed and Jerry Mosley, the evolving spread near the old Pawhuska Hospital is not a field of dreams, but an economic sure thing that will benefit Osage County for years to come. If you’ve drive by it, you’ve seen bulldozers working, shaping the earth into what is starting to resemble softball and baseball […]


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 […]


Park to dumpsite?

*** After the Bigheart Times went to press, a spokesman for Becco Construction said that the company is not involved in the Northwest Passage development, may have been mistakenly named in this lawsuit, and has not been served with a lawsuit. *** Conservation easements are designed to leave a perpetual green space with abundant wildlife, […]


O’Neal trial delayed

The trial of a former candidate for the Skiatook City Council on charges that he shot at a dog in city limits has been delayed. Pearson Leon O’Neal was to stand trial this week but the matter was delayed until Sept. 25. O’Neal has asked that evidence of a previous conviction for a similar act […]


Calling all budding engineers

The Pawhuska Public Library will have two programs for budding engineers creating with LEGOS. If you like to learn how things work, go to Pawhuska Public Library Thursday June 19 at 1:30 p.m. or Monday June 23 at 1:30 p.m. Thursday’s program is geared to children kindergarten through 5th grade; Monday’s program is geared to youth 6th grade […]


Sirens loud, but grumpy

Pawhuska’s new storm sirens are loud enough to blast you into the next county, but the city’s radios have been a little grumpy communicating with the high-tech marvels. City Manager Paul McAlexander told the City Council on Monday that the problem appears to be with the police radio system, not with the sirens themselves. “We’re […]