Osage County

Head Start Graduation and Little Olympics!

Head Start Graduation and Little Olympics!

Feds destroyed evidence

Feds destroyed evidence

A Veterans Affairs clinic in Tulsa destroyed video after a defense lawyer had repeatedly requested the tape, prompting the attorney to accuse the agency of bad faith and maltreatment of his client, a veteran of the Women Army Corps who oversaw training schools early on in the Vietnam War. “The Government clearly was on notice, […]


BIA issues new rules

After months of meetings and more than 500 public comments, the new rules for Osage County producers are now out in the public eye. On Monday, the Bureau of Indian Affairs released its revisions to 25 Code of Federal Regulations part 226, which spells out the policies for leasing Osage County land to use for […]


Courts in budget nightmare

Courts in budget nightmare

The wheels of justice often turn slowly, but in Osage County they might grind to a halt next month. The District Court, frankly, is teetering on the brink of being flat broke. “Unless the Legislature does something, we’re not going to make it through June,” District Court Judge M. John Kane said Monday. “I think […]


After a rejection, no-contest plea accepted in sex case

Charles Tatum, an Avant man of diminished mental capacity who was accused of sexually abusing a young child, entered a plea of no contest to the charge on Monday. In February, Tatum had entered a guilty plea that was rejected by District Court Judge M. John Kane because Tatum said he had no recollection of […]


Cop says he took Oxycodone after fatal hit and run

Cop says he took Oxycodone after fatal hit and run

  The Osage Nation police officer who fatally hit a pedestrian then left the scene of the accident on May 1 in Tulsa told police he took oxycodone after the wreck, according to the accident report filed Tuesday in Tulsa. The report also says that Corey Stewart, 26,  “concealed” his damaged undercover police truck under […]


May 14, 2015 E-Edition

May 14, 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 […]


Felony case fizzles

A young man initially charged with a felony that threatened up to 45 years in prison saw the charge vastly reduced last week, when he and the district attorney’s office agreed to amend the charge to misdemeanor obstruction and to a deferred two-year sentence and unsupervised probation. From the outset, the charge of accessory to […]


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.  […]


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 […]


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 […]